UN votes to launch talks on nuclear weapons ban

Four of the five UN Security Council nuclear powers -- Britain, France, Russia and the United States -- voted against the resolution to launch negotiations on a new treaty banning nuclear weapons while China abstained, as did India and PakistanA UN General Assembly committee on Thursday voted to launch negotiations on a new treaty banning nuclear weapons despite fierce opposition from the world’s nuclear powers. A resolution presented by Austria, Ireland, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa and Brazil was adopted by a vote of 123 to 38, with 16 abstentions, following weeks of lobbying by the nuclear powers for ‘no’ votes. Four of the five UN Security Council nuclear powers — Britain, France, Russia and the United States — voted against the resolution while China abstained, as did India and Pakistan.

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