Nigeria Signs Anti Nuclear Weapons Treaty At UNGA

Activists wearing masks to look like US President Donald Trump and North Korean Kim Jong Un pose next to a Styrofoam effigy of a nuclear bomb while protesting in front of the Brandenburg Gate near the American Embassy

Other supporters of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons held a giant copy of the prohibition treaty under the watch of Australian Federal Police and security guards.

None of the nuclear-armed states including the United States, Britain, Russia, France, China, India and Pakistan sent representatives to the ceremony for signing the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, a pact that was adopted by 122 countries at the United Nations in July.

The U.N. Security Council agreed to fresh sanctions against Pyongyang after its sixth nuclear test earlier this month.

May said. "How can we purport to be a country of peacekeepers when we refuse to stand with the global community in calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons?".

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Immediately following its adoption, the United States, the United Kingdom and France issued a joint press statement saying that they "have not taken part in the negotiation of the treaty... and do not intend to sign, ratify or ever become party to it".

"We call upon them to join this date with history", said Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis-the leader of a country without a standing army.

On the margins of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the federal government, has signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

The decades-old NPT seeks to prevent the spread of atomic weapons but also puts the onus on nuclear states to reduce their stockpiles.

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The signing ceremony came a day after President Donald Trump threatened to "totally destroy North Korea" if the United States is forced to defend itself or its allies. She said that with tensions growing between the US and North Korea over the North's nuclear program, the need for the treaty is even greater.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has called the treaty "wishful thinking" that is "close to irresponsible". "Signing the United Nations nuclear disarmament treaty marks the difference between washing our hands of responsibility for nuclear war and working to prevent it".

He urged countries that signed the treaty, Civil Society Organisations and intergovernmental organisations to convince others to accede to the treaty. The draft resolution also underscores the need to enhance the overall effectiveness of peacekeeping operations and "the critical importance of improving accountability, transparency, efficiency and effectiveness".

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