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UN treaty envisions total elimination of nuclear arms

New draft mandates destruction of arsenals

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Supporters of a nuclear ban treaty march on the streets of New York.   © Kyodo

UNITED NATIONS -- The latest draft of a U.N. nuclear arms treaty requires a commitment to abandon such weapons as a condition of joining the framework, but the lofty language falls on deaf ears as nuclear powers refuse to take part.

Any nuclear-armed country looking to join "shall immediately remove from operational status its nuclear weapon systems and destroy as soon as possible any nuclear weapons or nuclear explosive devices it owns, possesses or controls," the draft reads.

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