122 Nations Approve Treaty to Ban the Use of Nuclear Weapons

Even if a country such as the U.S. doesn’t get rid of all its nuclear weapons, it’s too dangerous to continue keeping a massive stockpile. Spending over a trillion dollars in the next few decades in “nuclear modernization” is also disappointing, as that’s the wrong way to be allocating future funds.

At the United Nations headquarters in New York, 122 countries have approved a global treaty to ban the use of nuclear weapons, despite the United States leading the opposition to the treaty. In the end, all countries with nuclear arms ended up boycotting the negotiations. The historic vote now means that within two years there could be the ratification necessary to enter the treaty into international law. President of the U.N. conference, Elayne Whyte Gómez, Costa Rican ambassador, said, “This is a very clear statement that the international community wants to move to a completely different security paradigm that does not include nuclear weapons.”