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Countries sign treaty to ban nuclear weapons

Multiple countries signed a treaty to ban nuclear weapons this morning, as tensions rise over North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests. America, the UK, France and several others boycotted the event at the annual UN gathering of world leaders. The treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons will enter into force 90 days after 50 countries have ratified it.

“There remains some fifteen thousand nuclear weapons in existence. We cannot allow these doomsday weapons to endanger our world and our children’s future,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. North Korea recently conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test.

US President Trump told the UN General Assembly yesterday that if threatened, “the United States will totally destroy the country of 26 million people.” The treaty was adopted in July by many of the 193 UN member states after months of talks, which the US, UK, France and others skipped.

They instead “pledged commitment to a decades-old Non-Proliferation Treaty,” which was made to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology.

Article written by The War Files

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