U.S. Urges Nations to Withdraw From the UN Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty

The United States has reportedly urged nations to withdraw from the United Nations (UN) treaty that bans nuclear weapons, citing the pact as “dangerous” to a previous treaty.

The United States has reportedly urged nations to withdraw from the United Nations (UN) treaty that bans nuclear weapons, citing the pact as “dangerous” to a previous treaty.

According to a report, the U.S. has sent a letter to nations that have ratified the treaty and said that the treaty “turns back the clock on verification and disarmament and is dangerous” to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, regarded as the foundation of global nonproliferation efforts, that took effect 50 years ago.

The letter also said that the U.S., Russia, Britain, France, and China, along with America’s allies from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, “stand unified in our opposition to the potential repercussions of the treaty.” 

“Although we recognize your sovereign right to ratify or accede to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, we believe that you have made a strategic error and should withdraw your instrument of ratification or accession,” the letter said.

The treaty requires all ratifying nations to “never under any circumstance develop, test, produce, manufacture or otherwise acquire, possess or stockpile nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices.”

The letter comes as the treaty is close to reaching the needed 50 ratifications to trigger its entry into force.

The UN said that the treaty is expected to take effect on Jan. 22, 2021.


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