Nuclear powers refrain from signing United Nations treaty on banning nukes
- Author: Megan Austin Sep 22, 2017,
Sep 22, 2017, 0:41
"This treaty [banning nuclear weapons] offers no solution to the grave threat posed by North Korea's nuclear program, nor does it address other security challenges that make nuclear deterrence necessary", added the July statement by the US, UK and France.
And that will leave us with a very risky world, indeed. Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor Toshiki Fujimori, a leader of Japan's main group for the survivors, says nuclear weapons are absolutely "incompatible" with humans, and the treaty is a first step.
The treaty may affect other worldwide treaties, such as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which recognizes the US, Russia, France, China, and the United Kingdom as the sole nuclear powers.
"There is no way to win in a nuclear conflict", Solís said. But they said they hoped that it would eventually increase the stigma of possessing such weapons. "Our government is not representing us on this issue".
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters that France refused to take part in negotiations on the treaty because it can only weaken the nuclear nonproliferation treaty, considered the cornerstone of preventing the spread of nuclear weapons. But, after nearly a half-century of waiting for a nuclear weapons-free world to emerge, most non-nuclear nations are fed up with the nuclear monopoly of nine nations. That is the kind of outcome sought by proponents of the nuclear ban pact. And this alternative is not as far-fetched as some might imagine.
The Philippines has been consistent in its nuclear disarmament advocacy.
As General Assembly proceedings continued in NY on Thursday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres convened more than fifty nations to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Members attend the signing ceremony for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons September 20, 2017 at the United Nations in NY.
The treaty will enter into force 90 days after 50 countries have signed, ratified and accepted it. The treaty was signed by Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States, for the Holy See, and in the name of and on behalf of Vatican City State.
Even so, action on the treaty is proceeding.
As leaders formally signed on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres hailed as historic the first multilateral disarmament treaty in more than two decades. Once 50 nations have become signatories, it will become global law.
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