Nigeria Signs Anti Nuclear Weapons Treaty At UNGA

Nigeria Signs Anti Nuclear Weapons Treaty At UNGA

Despite their opposition, the pact has the support of enough nations to go into effect-though it will be toothless since its reach won't extend to parts of the world where the stockpiles actually exist.

The Iranian president said his country would not be the first to breach the nuclear agreement, "but it will respond decisively to its violation by any party".

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

The treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons was adopted by 122 countries at the United Nations in July following negotiations led by Austria, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and New Zealand. The Holy See and Thailand not only signed but also ratified it.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres described the treaty as "a milestone", calling it "an important step toward the universally-held goal of a world free of nuclear weapons".

He added that countries needed to trust each other when they say that they have destroyed all their nuclear weapons.

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The United States, Britain and France have dismissed the UN treaty as unrealistic, arguing that North Korea's intensified nuclear activity has shown that they still need nuclear arms to maintain deterrence.

Noting that nuclear-armed states possess an estimated 15,000 nuclear weapons, Guterres expressed hope that the treaty would re-invigorate disarmament efforts.

Similarly, for nuclear armed states joining the treaty, it provides for a time-bound framework for negotiations leading to the verified and irreversible elimination of its nuclear weapons programme. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Monday it can only weaken the nonproliferation treaty.

"We call upon them to join this date with history", said Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis-the leader of a country without a standing army. Many were set to address the assembly later in the day, while the Security Council had scheduled a high-level meeting on its far-flung peacekeeping operations.

Members are expected to vote on a resolution that would recognize "the primacy of politics" including mediation, monitoring cease-fires and assisting the implementation of peace accords in the U.N.'s approach to resolving conflicts.

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