The Nuclear Weapons Treaty is now international law, but the main powers still refuse to join the agreement.
The first nuclear treaty has already come into effect, a historic step that has been marred by the absence of signatures from the world’s largest nuclear power. a long-running campaign aimed at preventing the duplication of US atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of WWII.
This agreement seeks to prohibit the use, development, production, testing, storage, and threat of nuclear arms. It also requires that the parties inform the agreement in other countries.
When the treaty was approved in July 2017, by the United Nations General Assembly more than 120 approved it. But none of these countries believed to possess nuclear weapons. The US, UK, Russia, China, France, Pakistan, India, North Korea, and Israel – support it, as do NATO’s 30-nation alliance.
However, the executive director of the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons, Beatrice Fihn, called the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize-winning coalition whose work helped guide the agreement a “very big day for international law, for the United Nations and for survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki”.
On October 24 the deal received its 50th ratification, triggering a 90-day period before it comes into effect on January 22.
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