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Why the New Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty Is So Polarizing

World Politics Review
August 3, 2017
By Andrea Berger

Few noticed the negotiations at the United Nations for a legally binding prohibition on nuclear weapons, until they were quickly completed last month. On July 7, 122 states voted in favor of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which prohibits parties from engaging in activities related to the development, deployment or use of nuclear weapons, and lays out pathways to eventually disarm those states that possess them. The ban is likely to reinforce existing divides between countries that rely on nuclear weapons for their security, and those that donítóan outcome for which proponents and opponents of the treaty both bear responsibility.
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