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United Nations: Countries to kick off talks on global nuclear weapons ban | Pulse

More than 100 countries are set to launch the first UN talks on a global nuclear weapons ban on Monday over objections from the major nuclear powers.

US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, speaks outside the United Nations General Assembly on March 27, 2017 in New York (AFP)

US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, speaks outside the United Nations General Assembly on March 27, 2017 in New York (AFP)

Some 123 UN members announced in October that they would launch the UN conference to negotiate a legally binding nuclear ban treaty, even as most of the world’s declared and undeclared nuclear powers voted against the talks.

Britain, France, Israel, Russia and the United States voted no, while China, India and Pakistan abstained.

Even Japan — the only country to have suffered atomic attacks, in 1945 — voted against the talks, saying the lack of consensus over the negotiations could undermine progress on effective nuclear disarmament.

Source: United Nations: Countries to kick off talks on global nuclear weapons ban – World – Pulse

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