Sweden won’t sign UN treaty on the ban of nuclear weapons

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Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallstrom, says the country will not sign a United Nations treaty calling for the ban of nuclear weapons but added that the country is committed to a world free of nuclear arms.

She was speaking in Stockholm recently where she said government, as it stands now, will not sign the convention on a prohibition of nuclear arms.

The UN treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) calls for the ban of “nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices” and was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2017 with the approval of 122 countries, including that of Sweden.

Despite having voted in favour of the move, ), Wallstrom said, there was concern about the lack of a clear definition in the treaty of which weapons would be covered, and how it would relate to other treaties, such as the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

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