THE WISDOM FUND: News & Views
July 7, 2017
The Guardian (UK)

Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons Approved at United Nations

Supporters hail step towards nuclear-free world as treaty is backed by 122 countries

by Ian Sample

More than 70 years after the world witnessed the devastating power of nuclear weapons, a global treaty has been approved to ban the bombs, a move that supporters hope will lead to the eventual elimination of all nuclear arms. . . .

nuclear explosion "It's a prohibition in line with other prohibitions on weapons of mass destruction," said Beatrice Fihn at the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons in Geneva. "We banned biological weapons 45 years ago, we banned chemical weapons 25 years ago, and today we are banning nuclear weapons." Within two years the treaty could have the 50-state ratifications that it needs to enter into international law, she said. . . .

Under the new treaty, signatory states must agree not to develop, test, manufacture or possess nuclear weapons, or threaten to use them, or allow any nuclear arms to be stationed on their territory. . . .

The new treaty reflects a frustration among non-nuclear states that the NPT has not worked as hoped.

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Non-Proliferation Treaty (July 1, 1968)
- Forbids the five member states with nuclear weapons from transferring them to any other state
- Forbids member states without nuclear weapons from developing or aquiring them
- Provides assurance through the application of international safeguards that peaceful nuclear energy in NNWS will not be diverted to nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices
- Facilitates access to peaceful uses of nuclear energy for all NNWS under international safeguards
- Commits all member states to pursue good faith negotiations toward ending the nuclear arms race and achieving nuclear disarmament.

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