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New Nuclear Divides

European Leadership Network
July 27, 2017
By Tarja Cronberg

On July 7th, 2017, 122 nations agreed to prohibit nuclear weapons. It took 72 years after their first and only use. In her deeply moving closing statement, Setsuko Thurlow, an atomic bomb survivor, said, “This is the beginning of the end of nuclear weapons.” Reaching agreement on the treaty had taken three international conferences on the catastrophic consequences of nuclear weapons, a humanitarian pledge signed by over 100 states, and a UN Open-ended Working Group agreeing to start negotiations on a prohibition treaty.
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