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How I Came to Support the Treaty Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons
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How I Came to Support the Treaty Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons

Lawrence J. Korb writes about why he supports the U.N.-adopted treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons.

About three years ago, in November 2017, I was honored to be one of about a 100 people invited by the Vatican to an international symposium, “Prospects for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons and for Integral Disarmament.” It was the first global gathering conducted after 120 nations at the United Nations approved the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

This treaty, which is the first legally binding international agreement to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons, was adopted by the U.N. on July 7, 2017, and needed 50 countries to ratify it in order for it to come into force. The purpose for the treaty was to get world leaders and citizens to consider nuclear weapons as immoral and illegal as chemical and biological weapons, whose use the U.N had previously prohibited.

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Lawrence J. Korb

Senior Fellow