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UK, US and France: ‘Ban Treaty will never apply to us’

Ambasadors from the UK, US and France hold a press conference outside Nuclear Ban negotiations in March. Picture taken from Acronym institute website

The UK, US and France have stated their intention to never join the nuclear ban treaty

First round of nuclear treaty ban negotiations conclude

United Nations building in New York, with flags Image credit: UN

Countries have been discussing what measures should be in the nuclear ban treaty

Open-Ended Working Group begins work at UN to discuss steps towards global nuclear disarmament

Multilateral disarmament talks began at the United Nations last month on practical measures for building global security without nuclear weapons.

'Humanitarian Pledge' in the spotlight as NPT conference fails to agree on disarmament action

The month-long review conference for the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) has ended in disarray after governments represented at the conference were unable to reach agreement on the wording of a final document outlining the conference's conclusions.

Little concrete progress towards disarmament as P5 meet to prepare for NPT Review Conference

The five nuclear-weapon states recognised under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) met in London at the beginning of February to prepare for the forthcoming NPT Review Conference, which begins in April in New York.

UK to attend Vienna conference on the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons

The government has announced that the United Kingdom will be represented in a landmark conference on nuclear weapons.

Government stonewalling on attendance at humanitarian impacts conference

The British government has stonewalled on giving a commitment to attend a forthcoming international conference on the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons, saying merely that it is “considering” whether to attend.

'Point of no return' reached in international campaign to ban nuclear weapons

An international conference aimed at exploring the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons has been hailed as a “point of no return” in the campaign to commence negotiation of a legally binding international treaty to ban nuclear weapons.

UK government outlines position on Fissile Materials Cut-Off Treaty

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has written to the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs to provide its views on a Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty (FMCT) in response to a resolution from the United Nations General Assembly aimed at breaking a deadlock in negotiations on such a Treaty.