UN Passes Treaty for Banning Nuclear Weapons!
July 12, 2017
The United Nations passed the first-ever treaty imposing a total nuclear weapons ban on July 7th, 2017.
The decision to pass this treaty is a historic one with the UN recently reopened discussions of a global nuclear ban back in March, after more than 2,500 scientists from 70 countries signed a petition in favor of total nuclear disarmament. The ban is an attempt to thwart a World War III especially at a time when North Korea is openly continuing to test its arsenal of intercontinental ballistic missiles.
THE VOTING PROCESS
More than 120 countries are ready to adopt the treaty despite a boycott from countries that are supposedly armed with nuclear weapons: the United States, Russia, Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, and, North Korea. 122 Member States voted in favour and the draft is now a 10-page document called the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Some countries have proposed strengthening the almost 50-year old Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty that gives only the five original nuclear powers – the US, Russia, Britain, France and China – the right to keep their destructive arsenal. Of the nine supposed nuclear-armed nations, only North Korea didn’t participate in the voting. Eight nations voted yes, the Netherlands voted against the decision, while Singapore abstained. Still, the US, Britain, and France released a joint statement after the treaty was adopted, stating “We do not intend to sign, ratify or ever become the party to it”. They cited security reasons as a deterrent for a blanket ban.