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    Posted by Ian M on October 25, 2020, 12:46 pm, in reply to "AP: 'US urges countries to withdraw from UN nuke ban treaty '"

    News story, 'Campaigners hail new era for nuclear disarmament' appeared on the BBC front page about an hour ago it seems, tucked away on the right hand side with no image:

    They pour water on it in the opening paragraphs:

    'Campaigners have hailed a "new chapter" after a key step by the United Nations towards banning nuclear arms.

    Honduras has become the 50th country to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons so it will now come into force in 90 days time.

    But what it will actually achieve remains in doubt because the five recognised nuclear powers have not signed the accord.

    Supporters hope it will nevertheless have a deterrent effect.'

    It says that 'There has been no immediate reaction from the five main nuclear powers - the US, Russia, China, the UK and France. But the US and the UK made clear their opposition in 2017' but later admits that

    'The US, in a letter seen by Associated Press, wrote to the treaty signatories saying the accord "turns back the clock on verification and disarmament".'

    That's all it has to say about the totally underhanded, anti-democratic way the US has been attempting to undermine & sabotage the process. As for the UK?

    'The UK said at the time [2017] that, while committed to a nuclear-free world, the government does not believe the treaty will bring about an end to nuclear weapons and could undermine existing efforts to do so, such as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.'

    Not a word of criticism. Passing on the 'beliefs' of criminal sociopaths as authoritative. Job done, nothing more to see here... Classic BBC.


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