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UN disarmament chief says nuke treaty must preserve past gains

Aim is to eliminate the weapons but deep divide exists

Izumi Nakamitsu

UNITED NATIONS -- Countries participating in current talks on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons must take care not to undermine the current nuclear nonproliferation regime, the United Nations' new disarmament chief, Izumi Nakamitsu, said.

"Our hope is that they have a really good negotiation and they'll be able to produce a treaty fully in line with the existing nuclear disarmament regime -- in particular the NPT," Nakamitsu said during a recent interview with The Nikkei, using an acronym for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

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