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A Treaty Is Reached to Ban Nuclear Arms. Now Comes the Hard Part.

Published by The New York Times

By Rick Gladstone

For the first time in the seven-decade effort to avert a nuclear war, a global treaty has been negotiated that proponents say would, if successful, lead to the destruction of all nuclear weapons and forever prohibit their use.

Negotiators representing more than 130 counties of the 192-member United Nations finalized the 10-page treaty this week after months of talks.

The document, called the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, is expected to be formally adopted on Friday at United Nations headquarters in New York during the final session of the negotiation conference. It will be open for signature by any member state on Sept. 20 during the annual General Assembly…

The participants did not include any of the world’s nine nuclear-armed countries, which conspicuously boycotted the negotiations.

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