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Non-nuclear States Advance Push for UN Treaty to Ban Nukes

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 02:32 PM

GENEVA (AP) — Despite arm-twisting and vocal opposition from nuclear powers like the United States, six non-nuclear countries are pressing forward with an effort to adopt a nuclear ban treaty through the United Nations.

The countries on Wednesday sent a draft text to world diplomats urging the U.N. General Assembly to convene a U.N. conference next year and work "to negotiate a legally-binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons" that would aim one day for their "total elimination."

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the text, to be considered at the U.N. in New York next month.

Austria, one of the six countries, expects a vote on the text by a U.N. committee around Nov. 1 that could send it to the assembly in December, said Austria's permanent representative in Geneva, Thomas Hajnoczi.

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Despite arm-twisting and vocal opposition from nuclear powers like the United States, six non-nuclear countries are pressing forward with an effort to adopt a nuclear ban treaty through the United Nations.The countries on Wednesday sent a draft text to world diplomats...
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