World nuclear ban 'not realistic', says USA ambassador to UN

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While land-mines and biological or chemical weapons are banned under worldwide law, the United States and Russian Federation have stubbornly maintained (and now are significantly upgrading) a collection capable of extinguishing humanity.

"In this day and time, we can't honestly say that we can protect our people by allowing the bad actors to have them and those of us that are good trying to keep peace and safety not to have them", she said.

"You are gonna see nearly 40 countries that are not in the General Assembly today, and that's 40 countries that are saying in this day and time, we would love to have a ban on nuclear weapons", Ambassador Nikki Haley of the United State told reporters outside the General Assembly in NY as the talks started.

No progress has been made on nuclear disarmament in recent years despite commitments made by the major nuclear powers to work toward disarmament under the 1968 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), said Beatrice Fihn, director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, an international coalition of NGOs.

"Is there anyone who believes that North Korea would agree to a ban on nuclear weapons?" The inter-governmental negotiations on hammering out a convention on the prohibition and total elimination of nuclear weapons are getting underway at the United Nations headquarters in NY on Monday. She added that while the United States would want to see a world without nuclear weapons, the time for it is not today and it will defend its citizens as well as its friends and allies. Also in December, Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" show, said Trump told her in a phone call: "Let it be an arms race".

"One day we will hope we no longer need nuclear weapons".

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Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the UN Office in Geneva Elayne Whyte Gómez will preside over the conference.

As the conference opened, ICAN Executive Director Beatrice Fihn said, "The treaty will finally ban weapons created to indiscriminately kill civilians, completing the prohibition of weapons of mass destruction". Disarmament undertaken in the context of this law rather than arms control could be concluded quickly, with the more hard technical negotiations taking place later. About 90 percent of the global nuclear stockpile is in the hands of the USA and Russian Federation.

Deputy French U.N, Ambassador Alexis Lamek said the security conditions were not right for a nuclear weapons ban treaty.

With the risk of nuclear detonation higher than at any time since the end of the Cold War, this treaty is an urgent priority for all countries that believe in a future free of nuclear weapons.

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