Sweden refuses to sign the United Nations Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Sweden refuses to sign the United Nations Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

The Swedish government announced that it would refrain from acceding to the UN Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, saying that the document, as currently drafted, was "not ready".

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Valstrom said at a news conference on Friday that the text of the treaty adopted in 2017 does not include a clear definition of nuclear weapons and that "several questions must be answered."

Palestrom noted that the UN treaty failed to win the support of the majority of lawmakers in the Swedish parliament to sign it, stressing at the same time that Sweden will continue its efforts in the field of nuclear disarmament, and continues to strongly support access to a world without such weapons.

The Swedish foreign ministry said in a statement that the International Conference, scheduled to be held next year to review the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), should be crowned with firm commitments by the nuclear powers. Otherwise, the situation will deteriorate constantly.

The ministry stressed that Sweden sees the main priority in the elimination of nuclear weapons, warning that these weapons pose a greater threat today than in the past decades, as some countries are moving forward in the development of their nuclear arsenals in an atmosphere of lack of confidence between them.

There are disagreements on the subject within the Swedish government. Some believe that Stockholm's accession to the UN treaty will harm relations between them and NATO, which also supports the idea of ​​a "world without nuclear". But he does not believe that this goal can be achieved through the UN treaty.

Under the treaty, non-nuclear-weapon states pledged not to act in return for the commitment of the major nuclear powers (Russia, the United States, Britain, France and China) to move forward with the elimination of their nuclear arsenals and to ensure other countries access to peaceful nuclear technology for power generation.

The world today has about 15,000 nuclear warheads, and the United Nations warns that the risk of a nuclear conflict has reached its highest level since the end of the Cold War.

Source: "Associated Press"

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