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Dozens of states sign nuke weapons ban treaty at UN

21 September, 2017, 01:00 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Ruling Party Urges Peaceful Resolution of N. Korean Nuclear Issue

According to a NATO press release, the bloc stands against the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and will remain a nuclear alliance as long as nuclear weapon exists.

None of the nuclear-armed states including the United States, Britain, Russia, France, China, India and Pakistan sent representatives to the ceremony for signing the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, a pact that was adopted by 122 countries at the United Nations in July.

Scores of police were soon on the scene but did not appear to be intent on brining the protest to a quick end.

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.

"We call upon them to join this date with history", said Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis at the ceremony, held on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly meeting of world leaders. They instead pledged commitment to a decades-old Non-Proliferation Treaty, which aims to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology.

He added that countries needed to trust each other when they say that they have destroyed all their nuclear weapons.

North Korea's race to develop nuclear weapons that could hit the United States dominated Tuesday's opening ministerial session of the assembly.

From the beginning, the treaty was met with strong opposition from nuclear-armed states, which boycotted negotiations.

On the margins of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the federal government, has signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

President Muhammadu Buhari, in his address to the United Nations, said the most pressing threat to worldwide peace and security was accelerated nuclear weapons development programme by North Korea.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian reiterated his country's position Monday, describing the treaty as "wishful thinking" that is "close to irresponsible".

Later Wednesday, Guterres was expected to brief the Security Council meeting on reforming United Nations peacekeeping - a key item on the Trump administration's agenda, which will be represented by Vice President Mike Pence.

Members are expected to vote on a resolution that would recognize "the primacy of politics" including mediation, monitoring cease-fires and assisting the implementation of peace accords in the U.N.'s approach to resolving conflicts.

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