More than 70 years after the world witnessed the devastating power of nuclear weapons, a global treaty has been approved to ban the bombs, a move that supporters hope will lead to the eventual elimination of all nuclear arms. The treaty was endorsed by 122 countries at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Friday after months of talks in the face of strong opposition from nuclear-armed states and their allies. Only the Netherlands, which took part in the discussion, despite having US nuclear weapons on its territory, voted against the treaty.
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Today at the UN Headquarters in New York, a global treaty banning nuclear weapons has been adopted. This is an historic moment: according to the treaty, to possess and develop nuclear weapons is now illegal under international law.
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On the day that states are expected to agree the final text of the nuclear ban treaty, NIS is releasing a briefing paper examining which aspects of the UK’s nuclear weapons programme would be affected if the UK were to sign the ban treaty. The briefing considers the major prohibitions in the treaty: possession, development and stockpiling; use and threat of use, international movement of nuclear weapons; testing; assisting others with prohibited activities. It also considers the provisions for providing help to people affected by the legacy of nuclear weapons use or testing. Using the UK as a case study, the briefing paper explores the scope of the treaty and discusses the disarmament and verification measures in the treaty before concluding with an overview of what disarmament for the UK would look like under the provisions of the ban treaty. As well as giving readers in the UK a better understanding of the proposed ban treaty and what it entails, it is hoped that an examination of the specific context of the UK can help to contextualise the legal measures in the draft text and provide a deeper understanding of some of its provisions.
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Letter Michael Rigg: NUCLEAR weapons are about to be banned. As matters of defence are reserved to the UK Parliament, Scotland is not currently eligible to sign the Nuclear Weapons Ban treaty, whose wording was finalised in New York yesterday (July 7). We can, however, put renewed pressure on the nine nuclear armed states (who, along with some of their allies, have boycotted the negotiations) to show they are serious in their commitment to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).
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