17 African nations sign the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

A conference was held in Pretoria on Thursday on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. The meeting brought together 17 African countries with the purpose of bringing Africa to the nuclear weapons discussion and to preempt the proliferation of nuclear weapons in Africa.

All the African countries agreed and signed the treaty but none of the African countries ratified the agreement. The reason for the non-ratification of the treaty was because many African countries lack any of the capabilities or capacities to create or proliferate nuclear weapons.

Another reason for the non-ratification is many of the African nations find it unnecessary, as there are enough treaties in existence already governing such issues. The treaty that was signed on Thursday still needs more than 50 signatures to become international law, but the campaigners pushing for the treaty and its ratification are trying to create a sense of urgency.

The campaigners have stated that nuclear proliferation and nuclear weapons threaten all countries around the world, even those without nuclear weapons and the world doesn’t need weapons of mass destruction.

Source: enca.com

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