First treaty banning nuclear weapons expected to be adopted

European and US bishops call for elimination of nuclear weapons globally

More than 120 countries are expected to adopt the first ever treaty to ban nuclear weapons at the G20 summit, despite opposition from nuclear-armed nations.

"We feel emotional because we are responding to the hopes and dreams of the present and future generations", said Ambassador Elayne Whyte Gómez of Costa Rica, who serves as the President of the conference that negotiated the treaty in response to a mandate given by the UN General Assembly.

Nuclear weapons have defied attempts to contain their spread since the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan in 1945, ending World War II.

Also the Costa Rica's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Ms Gomez admits that though she hopes the treaty would be adopted by consensus, rules of procedure dictates that a vote is also allowed. The treaty is also likely to undermine the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, the cornerstone of the non-proliferation regime.

"We have to be realistic", Nikki R. Haley, the American ambassador to the United Nations, said when the talks began in March.

"I am really confident that the final draft has captured the aspirations of the overwhelming majority of those participating in the conference, including civil society", she said.

"To ban nuclear weapons now would make us and our allies more vulnerable, and would strengthen bad actors like North Korea and Iran who would not abide by it", Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, told reporters at the outset of negotiations for the treaty in March.

Should You Buy SKY PLC (SKYAY) (SKYAY) On Current Analyst Views?
After $0.33 actual EPS reported by McCarthy & Stone PLC for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 33.33% EPS growth. The Advanced Engineered Materials segment includes the Company's engineered materials business and certain affiliates.

Retired British Royal Navy Cmdr. The draft treaty also prohibits all nuclear test explosions.

"The theory only works if you are ready to use nuclear weapons, otherwise the other side will call your bluff", she said.

The treaty refutes the claim made by a handful of states that they need nuclear weapons to ensure their own security, and that humanitarian consequences must somehow be balanced with those needs.

Most of the nations have quietly ignored the conferences, while the United States has been particularly outspoken in its opposition to the plan, saying that it was "not realistic" and that the USA doesn't trust the other nuclear powers to disarm if a deal was reached. Five nuclear-armed states, which are the UN Security Council's permanent members (Russia, the United States, China, France and the UK) did not take part in the conference.

North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile tests, including its July 3 launch, have become a timely argument for proponents and opponents of the treaty to ban atomic weapons.

"While the treaty itself will not immediately eliminate any nuclear weapons, the treaty can, over time, further delegitimize nuclear weapons and strengthen the legal and political norm against their use", said Daryl G. Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association, a Washington-based group that supports the treaty.

Related News:



Most liked

Novak Djokovic responds to John McEnroe family comments
This would be akin to someone being nervous walking into their home before sitting down on their sofa to watch television. Federer is 4-0 lifetime against Zverev and he was won all nine sets that the pair have played.

HTC Reportedly Working on a Mid-range Device with Snapdragon 660 Processor
The device will boast a 5.2-inch Full HD display, layered with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and 2.5D curved glass on top. Furthermore, the leak also says that the phone will come with HTC UltraSonic earphones bundled within the box.

Gasoline Prices Hit a Pre-July 4th Dip
OPEC members in May agreed to extend those production caps another nine months, but disappointed investors who wanted deeper cuts. Consumers may be enjoying historically low gas prices, but that may soon change, analyst Dan McTeague told CNBC on Monday.

Microsoft sales reorg created to add cloud services depth
The reports are in line with Microsoft's announcement last August, when it revealed plans to cull 2,850 global sales staff .

Xi Jinping wraps up Russian Federation visit, next stop Germany
This after 10,000 people marched earlier in the day, protesting the gathering that brings together the world's leaders. During his stay in Germany, Xi will also travel to Hamburg to attend the G20 summit.

Vehicle Strikes Group of Pedestrians in East Boston
Police said the cause of the crash is under investigation and in a statement said the crash does not look to be intentional. The victims have been taken to area hospitals including Massachusetts General Hospital and Tufts Medical Center.

"One country, two systems" ensures Hong Kong's prosperity: Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor
News of Nobel Peace Prize laureate and prominent Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo's ill health made for an additional focal point. As Xi spoke, thousands of pro-democracy protesters set off from Victoria Park .

'Send In The Feds': Trump Launches Chicago Gun Violence Task Force
Our federal partners from the USA attorney's office, the ATF, the FBI need to be much more invested in this overall strategy. According to the Chicago Police Department, however, the number of shootings in 2017 so far is down compared to past year .

Small plane crashes on I-405 near John Wayne Airport
A small plane crashed on the southbound 405 Freeway near John Wayne Airport on Friday morning, leaving two people injured. NBC News reported that two people were on board the aircraft at the time of the crash and their conditions are unknown.

Open Border Lawyers: Anti-Sanctuary City Bills Are 'Mean-spirited'
Bob Goodlatte that would punish sanctuary cities and criminal aliens who re-enter the USA after being deported. The bill increases mandatory penalties for illegal aliens who re-enter the US after being deported.

More Severe Weather Possible in Iowa Thursday
These storms will move east and out of central Iowa after midnight with drier conditions expected for Friday and the weekend. The big weather story is the storms in the forecast today and tonight then again Sunday night through the 4th of July.

Turkey, US discuss situation in region
There are no verified reports of casualties suffered by either side during these past three days of cross-border exchanges. The fighting has been heaviest near the Kurdish enclave of Afrin, at the western end of Syria's frontier with Turkey.

Sony to make vinyl records again after 30-year hiatus
Vinyl has definitely made a comeback, but Sony says that it's now struggling to find engineers who know how to make it. Although the records will mostly be sold in Japan, the decision is indicative of vinyl's stunning return to prominence.

Firefighters Battle Blazes in California and Utah
The Type 1 Incident Management team is now overseeing fire suppression on the eastern side of the Brian Head fire from Panguitch. The Brian Head Fire continues to grow and has burned more than 27,700 acres, Friday, June 23, 2017 in Brian Head , Utah .

Aston Martin Vantage AMR Looks Just As Fierce As The Concept
Customers can choose from an automated sequential manual paddle-shift transmission and six and seven-speed manual gearboxes. Three finishes are available for the 5-spoke V8 Vantage's AMR alloy wheels, or for the 10-spoke rims of the V12 model.