|UN APPROVES NUCLEAR BAN TREATY|
A global treaty to ban nuclear weapons has been approved at the United Nations, but Japan and other nations did not attend the talks. They argue the treaty is impractical since it does not include both nuclear and non-nuclear weapons states.
Negotiations on the legally binding treaty began in March at UN headquarters in New York. One hundred and twenty-two countries and territories voted for the treaty on Friday. One country, the Netherlands, opposed it. The Netherlands is the only NATO member to take part.
The treaty will be opened for signatures in September. It will enter into force 90 days after 50 countries have ratified it. More than 100 countries are expected to sign on. Nations not taking part in the talks include the United States, Russia, and other nuclear powers. Nations that rely on a nuclear umbrella, such as Japan and most NATO nations, also failed to attend.