Nuclear treaty now 1 short of 50 members

Oct 24, 2020

Nuclear treaty now 1 short of 50 members

Tokyo (Japan), Oct 24: Jamaica and Nauru have ratified the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, bringing the pact just one member short of the 50 it needs to take effect.
The two countries made the announcement on Friday.
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, or ICAN, expressed optimism that the 50th ratification will come soon.
The treaty was adopted at a UN conference in 2017. It bans the development, possession and use of nuclear weapons, and says using them violates international law.
The treaty, which is designed to take effect 90 days after gaining a 50th ratification, would be the first to prohibit nuclear weapons.
Nuclear powers including the United States, Russia and China have not joined. Japan, which relies on the US nuclear umbrella, also has not.
Source: NHK World