Daniel Halliday
Aug 9 · Last update 2 mo. ago.
Following the UN Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, why are these weapons still legal internationally?
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons won the Nobel peace prize in 2017, and the group spoke at UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. 112 UN nations voted in favour of the treaty, despite this a ban on nuclear weapons is not in force, what is delaying a change in international law?
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The treaty has inherent flaws, another treaty or amendments are necessary to achieve a real ban
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The UN have not offered a realistic alternative to the nuclear situation
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This treaty is a stepping stone on the arduous road to global denuclearisation
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The treaty has inherent flaws, another treaty or amendments are necessary to achieve a real ban

The problem is that the treaties are ambiguous, despite claims that they aren’t, neither the NPT or this new one functions as a comprehensive nuclear weapons convention. As a result the legality of Nuclear weapons remains elusive and the problem remains unsolved. The lack of voting UN members is another issue, if all nuclear powers and NATO abstain from voting, it is likely that some may also challenge an effective ban treaty outright. This new treaty may successfully stigmatise states with nuclear weapons, but it will take great strides in diplomacy and defence to get to a treaty that prohibits these weapons entirely.

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The UN have not offered a realistic alternative to the nuclear situation

The countries that voted on the UN Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Treaty were not part of the nuclear stalemate that began during the Cold War. The nations maintaining such weapons however are fully aware of the massive deterrent power that these weapons hold. They pose a dangerous but necessary foundation for global stability, they are an unfortunate fact of world affairs and the UN have not offered a secure enough alternative to spell the end for nuclear weapons.

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This treaty is a stepping stone on the arduous road to global denuclearisation

Just like previous Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons treaty and the Nuclear-weapon-free zone agreement, this treaty is a progressive step in the campaign towards global denuclearisation. It is the first legally binding agreement with the goal of working towards the complete elimination of nuclear weapons. However, as there is currently a legal international void in this area, this treaty is simply the start, a call to the international non-nuclear community to step up and fill this legal gap.

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Just like previous Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons treaty and the Nuclear-weapon-free zone agreement, this treaty is a progressive step in the campaign towards global denuclearisation. It is the first legally binding agreement with the goal of working towards the complete elimination of nuclear weapons. However, as there is currently a legal international void in this area, this treaty is simply the start, a call to the international non-nuclear community to step up and fill this legal gap.
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