Banner drop urges Britain to sign nuke ban treaty

Posted September 22, 2017

Unfortunately, not a single NATO member nation has ratified the treaty.

Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Vatican foreign minister, signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at the United Nations Sept. 20.

The treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons will enter into force 90 days after 50 countries have ratified it.

In the words of Elayne G. Whyte Gómez, Costa Rica's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, the world has been waiting for this legal norm for 70 years.

Admittedly, there is no particular reason to assume that North Korea is any more eager than the other nuclear powers to agree to this ban on nuclear weapons.

The Philippines is now among 121 countries to sign the first legally binding global agreement to completely eliminate nuclear weapons.

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Nuclear powers say the nonproliferation treaty is making a difference. The world's existing nuclear powers oppose it, saying a ban could be unsafe.

"This new treaty has to potential to save millions of lives, and creation itself, from the most destructive and indiscriminate weapons ever developed by human beings", said Tveit. And some are considering the possibilities of ignoring the treaty and developing their own nuclear arsenals.

He said "right from the early 60s, Nigeria has been a strong advocate of nuclear weapons prohibition and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons".

However, nuclear-armed States and most of their allies stayed out of the negotiations. In fact, like North Korea, they are engaged in a nuclear arms race created to upgrade their ability to wage nuclear war well into the 21st century.

The United States, Britain, France and others, including Australia, boycotted the event at the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders on September 20.

Before declaring the convention open for signing, UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, described it as historic, and recognized the countries that promoted and supported it, as well as the civil society.

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The President of the General Assembly said "It will raise awareness about the risks of nuclear weapons".

Australia argues that it is protected by an umbrella of deterrence created by U.S. nuclear weapons.

Supporters of the pact say it is time to push harder toward eliminating atomic weapons than nations have done through the almost 50-year-old Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

"Make no mistake: we need this Treaty", he stated.

"Nuclear weapons have defied attempts to contain their spread and a purported ban on nuclear weapons yet to address the security concerns".

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