U.N. publishes first draft nuclear ban treaty

by Reuters
Monday, 22 May 2017 14:21 GMT

The nose section of the Enola Gay, a Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, is seen at the Udvar-Hazy Smithsonian National Air and Space Annex Museum in Chantilly, Virginia August 28, 2015. The Enola Gay dropped the first atomic bomb in history over the city of Hiroshima in Japan 70 years ago. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

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Treaty could not strip current nuclear states of their arsenals but its backers seek to stigmatise nuclear arms

GENEVA, May 22 (Reuters) - A U.N. conference on eliminating nuclear weapons published its first draft text on Monday, in the face of strong opposition from the United States and and other nuclear armed states.

The treaty would require ratification by 40 states to come into force. It could not strip current nuclear states of their arsenals but its backers seek to stigmatise nuclear arms, after similar campaigns against cluster munitions and landmines.

(Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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