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Dozens of states sign nuclear weapons ban treaty at United Nations

Dozens of states sign nuclear weapons ban treaty at United Nations

May said. "How can we purport to be a country of peacekeepers when we refuse to stand with the worldwide community in calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons?"

Scores of police were soon on the scene but did not appear to be intent on brining the protest to a quick end.

None of the nuclear-armed states including the United States, Britain, Russia, France, China, India and Pakistan sent representatives to the ceremony for signing the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, a pact that was adopted by 122 countries at the United Nations in July.

The Belgian Coalition against Nuclear Weapons deplored, in a press release, the Belgian stand on the issue, calling on the country to review its position, sign the text, and send back United States nuclear weapons stored in the Kleine-Brogel base in Limburg.

Also, regarding countries that are party to the treaty, the treaty prohibits the development, testing, production, stockpiling, stationing, transfer, use and threat of use of nuclear weapons, as well as assistance and encouragement to the prohibited activities.

"So, ever since that period, we've always been very much a strong advocate for de-nuclearization of the world", Onyeama said.

At the start of nuclear ban negotiations in New York, America's U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley led a public protest against the talks, suggesting that a ban is unrealistic as North Korea would never give up its nuclear weapons. "Therefore, there will be no change in the legal obligations on our countries with respect to nuclear weapons".

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

Many world leaders have dedicated a portion of their speeches to the General Assembly this week to addressing the North Korean nuclear threat. But we are saying that no, we have global organizations, the worldwide Atomic Agency for instance, who should be trusted with the task of verification that no country possesses those weapons.

"The more the Australian people know that our government is not representing us on this, the easier it's going to be to get them to take this treat seriously".

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