Some 100 countries expected to sign treaty banning nuclear weapons

Posted September 22, 2017

Manila was among the 121 United Nations member-states which agreed to the prohibition amid tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile tests.

Other supporters of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons held a giant copy of the prohibition treaty under the watch of Australian Federal Police and security guards.

In addition, eight other countries (the United States, Russia, Britain, China, France, Israel, India, and Pakistan) possess a total of roughly 15,000 nuclear weapons, and none of them seems willing to get rid of them.

The treaty was adopted on the 7 of July at the United Nations, with 122 votes for, one vote against, that of the Netherlands, a NATO member, and one abstention.

"There is no way to win in a nuclear conflict", Solís said.

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French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has called the treaty "wishful thinking" that is "close to irresponsible". They instead pledged commitment to a decades-old Non-Proliferation Treaty, which aims to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology.

States began signing the pact Wednesday.

"So, ever since that period, we've always been very much a strong advocate for de-nuclearization of the world", Onyeama said.

The UN secretary general was hopeful that the document would help bolster global efforts to eliminate weapons of mass destruction. The U.N. treaty office says 51 countries are expected to sign during Wednesday's opening day.

Many world leaders have dedicated a portion of their speeches to the General Assembly this week to addressing the North Korean nuclear threat.

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Nuclear powers like the US have argued that a ban on nuclear weapons is not feasible in the current security environment, holding that a strategy of nuclear deterrence is necessary to counter security threats. The bombings of Hiroshima on August 6 of that year and Nagasaki three days later ushered in the nuclear era.

The Caribbean nation ratified its commitment to free the human species from the danger the existence of 15,000 of these weapons of mass extermination, some 1,800 of them ready for use, now represents.

Peter Maurer, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, also participated in the ceremony.

In signing the Treaty, the Philippine government called on states with nuclear weapons to join the worldwide community in making the world a safer place. "Humanity simply can not live under the dark shadow of nuclear warfare, and the huge suffering which we all know would result".

Some 90 people gathered in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome. Nuclear powers are also the only United Nations members with permanent Security Council veto power.

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"The governments of the nuclear nations will also change", Sakuma added, emphasizing the importance of starting a civil movement.