Philippines signs treaty banning nuclear weapons

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"We can not allow these doomsday weapons to endanger our world and our children's future", U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said as he opened the treaty for signing.

Other supporters of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons held a giant copy of the prohibition treaty under the watch of Australian Federal Police and security guards. Under the ban's language, it takes effect 90 days after the 50th nation ratifies it.

Tveit said, "By signing the treaty today, these nations have taken a lead in protecting all our countries and the planet that is our home".

"We call on member-states that possess the world's largest nuclear arsenals to sign the treaty", Cayetano said.

Under its terms, nonnuclear nations agreed not to pursue nukes in exchange for a commitment by the five original nuclear powers - the U.S., Russia, Britain, France and China - to move toward nuclear disarmament and to guarantee other states' access to peaceful nuclear technology for producing energy. May said. "How can we purport to be a country of peacekeepers when we refuse to stand with the global community in calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons?"

The island and 40 other States endorsed the initiative adopted on July 7, which prohibits the development, testing, production, acquisition, possession, storage and transfer, as well as the threat of use of those lethal devices considered a serious danger for human survival. He reminded that the signed treaty has become a first mandatory worldwide treaty over the past 20 years that bans nuclear weapons. "It has the potential to prevent a nuclear arms race and an escalation of regional and bilateral tensions", he added.

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"Recent steps in the nuclear disarmament field are encouraging", said Shannon Kile, head of SIPRI's Nuclear Weapons Project.

The President of the General Assembly said "It will raise awareness about the risks of nuclear weapons".

Peter Maurer, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, also participated in the ceremony.

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said that the Philippines "is among 121 United Nations member-states that adopted the treaty".

Under the 1968 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, signed by almost all nations, parties are required to "pursue negotiations in good faith" aimed at advancing nuclear disarmament. Two hours later after the document had been passed, the UK, US and France released a joint statement vowing they would never become party to the treaty.

Dr. Emily Welty, vice-moderator of the WCC's Commission of the Churches on International Affairs, attended the treaty's opening and signing ceremony. Saudi Arabia, thought to be considering nuclear proliferation as part of its regional rivalry with the Islamic Republic, also approved the treaty.

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