20 Septembre 2017
September 20, 2017
Countries divided over nuclear ban treaty at UN
Statements by world leaders at the UN General Assembly have shown a deep divide over the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
The UN treaty was adopted in July with the support of 122 countries and territories. A signing ceremony for the treaty is scheduled on Wednesday at the UN Headquarters in New York. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and leaders of more than 40 countries are expected to attend.
But, opinions of nuclear powers and countries relying on their nuclear umbrella differ from those of non-nuclear states that support the treaty.
On Tuesday, Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera referred to the treaty in his speech. Costa Rica chaired the talks on the treaty.
He said the desire of the 122 countries that approved the text of the treaty is the legitimate voice of people who are lovers of peace and of the defense of humanity.
Austria's Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz also expressed his expectation that the treaty will come into effect soon.
US President Donald Trump said the US will spend almost 700 billion dollars on military and defense, suggesting that the US will modernize its military arsenal including nuclear weapons.
Japan under the US nuclear umbrella has declined to attend the signing ceremony. Foreign Press Secretary Norio Maruyama stressed Japan's position that nuclear disarmament should be promoted in phases. He said Japan does not believe the treaty is the most effective way to abolish nuclear weapons.