UN Moves to Outlaw Nuclear Weapons

by Admin on October 28, 2016

The call has been heavily lobbied against by nuclear powers


123 member nations of the UN voted in favor of outlawing nuclear weapons on Thursday reports NY Times. 38 voted against and 16 abstained from voting.

The resolution was sponsored by Austria, Brazil, Ireland, Mexico, Nigeria and South Africa. Of the countries voting against were the four nuclear powers, U.S, Russia, France and Britain.

The resolution will go into full vote on December according to NY Times. The move has been welcomed by several anti-nuclear groups.

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Executive director of the International Campaign for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, Beatriz Fihn was quoted as saying, “Today’s vote demonstrates very clearly that a majority of the world’s nations consider the prohibition of nuclear weapons to be necessary, feasible and urgent. They view it as the most viable option for achieving real progress on disarmament”.

The resolution will allow for discussions to be held on the “catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons”.

The Southeast Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone (SEANWFZ) Treaty or the Bangkok Treaty signed in 1995 does not allow member nations to “develop, manufacture, acquire or possess nuclear weapons.”

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