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United States says no plan to sign global anti-nuclear treaty

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The United States today said it has no intention of signing a nuclear weapons ban treaty. A State Department spokesman told a media that the United States does not support and will not sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. He said the treaty will not make the world more peaceful, will not result in the elimination of a single nuclear weapon, and will not enhance any state’s security. The State Department spokesman added that Washington remains committed to its obligations under the Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty.

A nuclear weapons ban treaty was adopted by 122 countries at the United Nations in July. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which the Nobel committee rewarded for its efforts to consign the atomic bomb to history, was a key player in the treaty’s adoption.

The accord was largely symbolic because none of the nine countries known or suspected of having nuclear weapons, the United States, Russia, Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea, put their names down.

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