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With a new nuclear weapons ban treaty, lines are drawn in the sand

Open Canada
July 5, 2017
By Paul Meyer

The adoption of a ban treaty will usher in a new, divided nuclear order, with nuclear-armed states and their allies on one side and a ‘moral majority’ of states on the other. Where will Canada’s nuclear allegiances lie? July 7 should mark the conclusion of negotiations at United Nations headquarters on the world’s first treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons. The 130 states engaged in the process have converged their positions over four weeks of negotiation this year in order to produce a concise agreement that fills the “legal gap” in the international nuclear order.
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