NEW YORK, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesia and dozen countries in the world have signed the Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, Wednesday (9/21/2017), at UN Headquarters in New York.
Indonesia was represented by Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in signing the treaty, which for the first time in the world is legally binding on bans ranging from making to storing nuclear weapons.
"This morning Indonesia has signed the Treaty on Nuclear Weapons Ban," Minister Marsudi said, Wednesday (9/20/2017), in New York.
The treaty was adopted on 7 July at the United Nations Conference in New York which won the support of 120 countries from 193 UN member states.
The Nuclear Prohibition Treaty entails a collection of prohibitions to participate in any activities related to nuclear weapons including the prohibition of developing, testing, producing, obtaining, processing, stockpiling, using or threatening to use nuclear weapons.
The treaty will be applied by 90 days after it has been signed by at least 50 countries.
Brazilian President Michel Temer was the first to sign the treaty. "It was an important step towards an international goal of a world free of nuclear weapons, and I hope this will revive the world's efforts to achieve it," UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said during the opening of the treaty signing ceremony.
However, the countries with nuclear weapons and their allies are not involved in the negotiations. Even the United States, Great Britain and France have issued a joint statement stating that they are not involved in the negotiations of the treaty and have no desire to sign, ratify or become part of it, according to the United Nations report.