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Nations start signing nuke ban treaty opposed by big powers

Nations start signing nuke ban treaty opposed by big powers”

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.

But nuclear powers say a ban on the weapons won't work.

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

A treaty banning nuclear weapons is to be signed on Wednesday at an official ceremony in NY on the margin of the UN General Assembly.

Nepal will sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons this week during the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said here on Monday.

"We hope that at least, the treaty is there, it exists and it will now be really a great effort by those countries that have signed and also, as they were mentioning today, by the civil society and other inter-governmental organisations to really push and get a larger number of countries to accede to the treaty, and especially, those nuclear weapons' state", Onyeama stated.

"Nigeria has always been a strong advocate of de-nuclearisation of the world".

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NATO said the ban treaty risked undermining the NPT, which seeks to prevent the spread of atomic weapons but also puts the onus on nuclear states to reduce their stockpiles.

The U.N. treaty office said 51 countries are expected to attach their names on the opening day for signatures.

The US, Britain, France and others, including Australia, boycotted the event at the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders.

Supporters of the pact, however, say the time has come for the global community to push harder toward eliminating atomic weapons as a 50-year-old Non-Proliferation Treaty has effectively failed to contain the thirst of powers for expanding their nuclear arsenal.

More than 120 countries approved the treaty in July over opposition from nuclear-armed countries and their allies.

Brazilian President Michel Temer was first to sign.

"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. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump warned that the USA would "totally destroy North Korea" if forced to defend itself or its allies.



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