Watchdog to Pursue Ban on All Nuclear Weapons at Denuclearization Talks

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The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) will pursue a comprehensive ban on all nuclear weapons at a new round of multilateral nuclear disarmament talks that will start at the United Nations Office in Geneva on February, the ICAN executive director told Sputnik Wednesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik), Anastasia Levchenko – Earlier in the day, North Korea claimed it had carried out the first test of a hydrogen bomb. The move triggered deep concern of the international community over the possible threat to both regional and global peace and security.

"We will be working on developing a new international treaty to completely prohibit nuclear weapons… They need to be banned. So we will be working on it. There will be new nuclear weapons talks in Geneva starting from February, and we will be working with governments to develop a new legally-binding instrument – a new treaty to ban nuclear weapons," Beatrice Fihn stated.

It is important for the international community to condemn not just nuclear testing, but also nuclear weapons themselves, she stressed.

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The Open-ended Working Group, a subsidiary body of the General Assembly, will convene in February to address concrete legal measures, provisions and norms necessary to be concluded to attain and maintain a world without nuclear weapons.

All five nuclear weapons states as recognized by the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons — the United States, China, Russia, France and the United Kingdom, are signatories of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) in 1996. The accord's entry into force would create a legally binding prohibition on nuclear explosive tests for all its parties after China, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan and the United States ratified it.

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