50 countries signed the UN's Nuclear ban treaty

50 countries signed the UN's Nuclear ban treaty

"We can not allow these doomsday weapons to endanger our world and our children's future", UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said as he opened the treaty for signing.

In a new attempt towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons, the United Nations has introduced a new treaty banning the use, development, testing or storing of nuclear weapons under any circumstances.

"At a time when the world needs to remain united in the face of growing threats, in particular, the grave threat posed by North Korea's nuclear programme, the treaty fails to take into account these urgent security challenges".

The agreement was signed on Wednesday in NY by more than 50 United Nations member states, but several nuclear powers, including the US, UK and France, boycotted the signing ceremony.

The treaty would enter into force 90 days after 50 countries ratified it, while Nigeria was due to deposit its ratification soon.

But while further signatures are expected to come later in the day, no state possessing nuclear weapons, nor any country involved in a military alliance with a nuclear weapon state, is expected to sign.

However, the countries who already own the nuclear weapons were against this treaty.

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It is assumed nine countries possess nuclear weapons - the US, UK, Russia, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea, and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) estimates they collectively hold roughly 15,000 nuclear warheads.

"The world will only be safe if we eliminate all weapons of mass destruction", he added.

Also, numerous world's almost 200 nations are quite capable of building nuclear weapons - if they decide to do so.

The adoption of the treaty on July 7, when 122 countries voted in favor of banning atomic weapons for the first time after decades of prodding by atomic bomb victims - known as hibakusha in Japanese - and civil society. The world's existing nuclear powers oppose it, saying a ban could be unsafe.

"The heroic survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki - the hibakusha - continue to remind us of the devastating humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons", Guterres said.

The U.S., Britain and France said the prohibition wouldn't work and would end up disarming their nations while emboldening "bad actors", in U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley's words. The plant's operator, Kansai Electric Power Co., said the nuclear fuel is used at its No. 4 reactor, right in background. According to Costa Rica's Elayne Whyte Gomez, president of the conference: "This is a very clear statement that the global community wants to move to a. security paradigm that does not include nuclear weapons". Along with the Holy See, Thailand also ratified the treaty. But the nuclear powers want no part of it.

However, nuclear-armed States and most of their allies stayed out of the negotiations.

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