Sweden declines to sign UN nuclear ban treaty

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Foreign Minister Margot Wallström

Sweden will not sign a UN treaty calling for the ban of nuclear weapons, foreign minister Margot Wallström said on Friday.

“The government will, as it stands now, not sign the convention on a prohibition of nuclear arms,” Wallström told reporters at a press briefing in Stockholm.

The UN treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), which calls for the ban of “nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices,” was adopted by the UN General Assembly in July of 2017 with the approval of 122 countries, including that of Sweden.

Wallström noted that while Sweden had voted in favour, it had also expressed concern about the lack of a clear definition in the treaty of which weapons would be covered, and how it would relate to other treaties, such as the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

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