First treaty banning nuclear weapons expected to be adopted

2017-07-07 11:11
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United Nations - More than 120 countries are expected to adopt the first-ever treaty to ban atomic weapons on Friday despite a boycott by all nuclear-armed nations, including the United States, which has pointed to North Korea's escalating nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Elayne Whyte Gomez, president of the UN conference that has been negotiating the treaty, told reporters on Thursday that "we are on the verge of adopting the treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons."

In her words, "This will be a historic moment and it will be the first multilateral nuclear disarmament treaty to be concluded in more than 20 years."

She says the world has been waiting for such a pact for the 70 years since the use of the first atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.

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