An international treaty banning nuclear weapons has been ratified by a 50th country, a UN official said Saturday, allowing the text proponents call historic to enter into force after 90 days.While nuclear-armed powers have not signed up to the treaty, activists who have pushed for its enactment hold out hope that it will nonetheless prove to be more than symbolic and have a gradual deterrent effect.
Honduras became the 50th country to ratify the treaty. "Today is a victory for humanity, and a promise of a safer future," Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), said in a statement.Other NGOs also welcomed the news, including the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a coalition that won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its key role in bringing the treaty to fruition.
"Honduras just ratified the Treaty as the 50th state, triggering entry into force and making history," ICAN said in a tweet. The 75th anniversary of the nuclear bomb attacks on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, marked in August, saw awave of countries ratify the treaty in recent months.They have included Nigeria, Malaysia, Ireland, Malta and Tuvalu.Thailand, Mexico, South Africa, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Vietnam and the Vatican are among the countries that had already ratified it.It is now expected to enter into force in January 2021.
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