UN Adopts Toothless Nuclear Weapons Ban

UN Adopts Toothless Nuclear Weapons Ban

UN Adopts Toothless Nuclear Weapons Ban

The United Nations formally adopted a treaty banning nuclear weapons Friday in New York City after months of talks and some seven decades of hoping for a similar agreement. "Therefore, there will be no change in the legal obligations on our countries with respect to nuclear weapons".

The ICRC has actively participated in the negotiations at the United Nations in NY which adopted the treaty.

Many military leaders have said they have no utility as weapons.

According to Reuters, the U.S., Britain and France were among several countries who chose not to participate in the treaty talks.

Let's not be naïve though, we are banning these weapons (and the ban becomes effective when the 50 country has ratified it), but in the short term not one nuclear weapon will be disarmed as a result of it.

A substantive session was held in March this year to negotiate the legally binding instrument aimed at prohibiting nuclear weapons. In fact, those countries (the U.S., Russia, North Korea, China, Britain, France, India, Pakistan, and Israel) boycotted the negotiations of the treaty.

The 1968 treaty allowed for the original five nuclear power: the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, and China to continue having the weapons, but prohibited other countries from developing them.

Andy said: "The majority of Scottish people are against nuclear weapons but the Westminster government insists on keeping them as some sort of national virility symbol". While there is not one fewer nuclear weapon on the planet, this treaty focuses the world's attention on the nuclear powers and the worldwide institutions that make the existence of these weapons possible.

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

The ICRC, along with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, have long called for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons.

"The obligations in Article 1 are incompatible with our commitments as a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation state", said Lise Gregoire-Van-Haaren, deputy chief of the Dutch mission to the United Nations, in an apparent reference to the ban on nuclear threats.

But he said the treaty is an important step towards a world free of nuclear weapons.

Nations can begin signing onto the treaty at the annual UN General Assembly in September. "This treaty now provides the first legal prohibition on nuclear weapons at a global level", Brownlee said. "This is taking the first step towards elimination". Moscow's security policy allows for the use of nuclear weapons "in response to the use of nuclear and other types of weapons of mass destruction against it and/or its allies, as well as in the event of aggression against the Russian Federation with the use of conventional weapons when the very existence of the state is in jeopardy".

By continuing to suggest that nuclear weapons are integral to their security - despite the terrifying history of close calls and accidents - the USA and other nuclear-armed states engage in double-talk to explain why other governments shouldn't develop their own arsenals.

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