Look who’s absent from UN nuclear ban negotiations: Finland

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An undated handout file photograph made available on 04 March 2016 by the North Korean news agency KCNA shows the test-firing of new-type large-caliber multiple launch rocket system by the North Korean military.

Look who’s absent from UN nuclear ban negotiations: Finland


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The three-week-long nuclear ban negotiations at the United Nations headquarters in New York officially started on June 15. But most European Union countries have announced they will not attend.

In fact, not a single country with nuclear weapons is participating in the talks, which are aimed at creating a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their “total elimination”.

According to the new agreement, which has been under preparation for months, nuclear armaments should be placed on the same legal footing as other weapons of mass destruction.

In an interview with YLE Finland, Jarmo Viinanen, Senior Adviser for arms control affairs at Finland’s foreign ministry, said his country is reluctant to participate in negotiations which would inevitably result in nothing.

He also said the absence of nuclear powers is a sign that the treaty would not actually decrease the number of nuclear weapons in the world, and might even be detrimental to the implementation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

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