Hibakusha welcome adoption of global nuclear weapons ban treaty by UN

Hibakusha welcome adoption of global nuclear weapons ban treaty by UN

Hibakusha welcome adoption of global nuclear weapons ban treaty by UN

The majority of the world's countries were negotiating a new treaty banning nuclear weapons, which was adopted today by a vote of 122 in favor and only one vote against and one abstention.

India had explained its abstention on the resolution saying that it was "not convinced" that the proposed conference could address the worldwide community's expectation for a comprehensive instrument that would ban nuclear weapons.

"This treaty is the capstone of the global disarmament architecture", Philippine representative to the UN Teodoro Locsin Jr. said after the conference that adopted the treaty in NY on Friday.

In response to questions, Ms. Whyte Gómez stressed the importance of putting an global legal norm in place as a first step towards achieving a nuclear-weapons-free world, explaining that when conditions later become ripe for those nuclear-armed States to join, an architecture by which to do so exists.

Pyongyang's latest missile tests and claims that its newly developed intercontinental ballistic missile can carry a nuclear warhead have alarmed the United States and other countries. All nuclear armed states - the U.S., Russia, U.K., China, India, France, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel - boycotted negotiations leading up to the vote, essentially leaving the measure dead on arrival in terms of efficacy.

"The treaty also prescribes pathways to enable nuclear weapon states to accede in the future and pave the way for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons", the DFA said.

They are also banned from using or threatening to use nuclear weapons and explosive devices.

Legally, with the adoption of this treaty, there have been so far global treaties banning all three types of weapons of mass destruction, namely nuclear weapons, chemical weapons, and biological weapons, Nga said.

"Therefore, there will be no change in the legal obligations on our countries with respect to nuclear weapons". It states, "The existence of nuclear weapons is the greatest threat to the right to life of both the individual and humankind as a whole". The Guardian cites the Mine Ban Treaty as an example of a pact which the US did not sign but eventually adjusted its policies to comply with.

She said that survivors of nuclear bombs, the hibakusha, have been the driving force in the creation of the nuclear weapons prohibition treaty.

The United States called the treaty reckless. It will enter into force when 50 States have ratified the treaty, an effort that will be supported by the ICRC and Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies around the world.

"There is nothing I want more for my family than a world with no nuclear weapons", said Haley. Taking this step will not only make this whole process more constructive but also help ensure that strong words are being followed by strong actions.

Over 120 nations had, in October 2016, voted at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to convene a conference wherein the treaty to prohibit atomic weapons would be negotiated which would eventually lead to a total of elimination of such weapons. It took the world more than five decades to secure ratification of the 1925 Geneva Protocol, which prohibits the use of chemical and biological weapons in war, by the United States.

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