NATO Stands Against Nuclear Weapon Prohibition, Seeks to Remain Nuclear Alliance

Nepal to sign Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Speaking after the ceremony, Onyeama said Nigeria signed the treaty because right from the early 60s, Nigeria has been a strong advocate for nuclear weapons' prohibition and also, non proliferation of nuclear weapons.

In the General Assembly, leaders from several dozen countries will address the 193-member world body, including the presidents of Iran and Ukraine, the prime ministers of Japan and the United Kingdom, and the Palestinian leader.

The treaty requires all countries that eventually ratify it not to develop, test, produce, manufacture, otherwise acquire, possess or stockpile nuclear weapons "under any circumstances".

NATO on Wednesday condemned a United Nations treaty banning nuclear arms as unrealistic and warned that it risked undermining the global response to North Korea's atomic weapons programme.

He added that countries needed to trust each other when they say that they have destroyed all their nuclear weapons.

The treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons was adopted by 122 countries at the United Nations in July following negotiations led by Austria, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and New Zealand.

However, nuclear-armed States and most of their allies stayed out of the negotiations.

Assad forces raft across River Euphrates
It said "shock troops" had already captured several villages on the river's eastern banks from IS and were pushing further east. The Syrian government estimates about 70,000 people have survived on erratic air drops of food and supplies during the siege.

According to him, it will take great effort to really push and get a larger number of countries to accede to the treaty, especially nuclear weapons states.

Brazilian President Michel Temer was the first head of state to put his signature on the document, which comes amid heightened tensions over North Korea's nuclear program. American President Donald Trump told the 193-member UN General Assembly on Tuesday that if threatened, the U.S. would "totally destroy" the country of 26 million people and mocked its leader, Kim Jong Un, as a "rocket man".

At on Wednesday's ceremony, chaired by UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu, 41 countries signed the Treaty, with more expected later in the day.

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

Speaking on how to get the nearly 60 countries who boycotted the adoption of the treaty convinced to join the treaty, including the problems associated with the enforcement, Onyeama said it was a question of exposed strategy and trust.

Also Wednesday, the Security Council held a high-level meeting on its far-flung peacekeeping operations.

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