U.N. Committee Adopts Japan-Led Nuke Abolition Resolution


New York, Nov. 1 (Jiji Press)--A U.N. committee on disarmament adopted on Thursday a Japanese-led resolution on the abolition of nuclear weapons, with support from 16 more countries than in the previous year.

This year's resolution was affirmed by 160 countries including 69 cosponsors and opposed by four, with 24 abstentions. It will be put to a General Assembly vote by the end of the year.

A similar resolution has been introduced to the General Assembly's First Committee every year since 1994.

Approving votes for the latest document, which was the 25th to be adopted, increased because some of countries that were absent or abstained from the previous year's vote threw support behind it. The four dissenters were the same--China, North Korea, Russia and Syria.

Affirmative votes for the previous year's resolution were down by 23 from the year before, as it did not mention the landmark U.N. nuclear weapons ban treaty adopted in July 2017.

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