Trump government not signing UN anti-nuclear treaty

The administration of US President Donald Trump says it has no plan to sign the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which is backed by this year’s Noble Peace Prize winners.

“Today’s announcement does not change the US position on the treaty: the United States does not support and will not sign the ‘Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons,'” a US State Department spokesman told AFP on Friday.

The comments came shortly after the Noble Peace Prize was handed to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which played a key role in the treaty’s adoption by 122 countries at the UN in July.

In a tweet to congratulate ICAN, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said: “Now more than ever we need a world without nuclear weapons.”

His spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Friday that “at a time when nuclear anxieties are at the highest level since the Cold War, the secretary-general calls on all…

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