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122 Nations Approve 'Historic' Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons

While the treaty faces many barriers to implementation, it signifies a profound international statement.
Source: Mary Altaffer / AP

More than 120 nations adopted the first international treaty banning nuclear weapons on Friday at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. The initiative—led by Austria, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, and New Zealand—was approved by 122 votes, with only the Netherlands opposed, and Singapore abstaining. The nine countries generally recognized as possessing nuclear weapons—the

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