The US says it has no intention of joining the global nuclear disarmament efforts by signing the United Nations treaty on prohibition of nuclear weapons.
A State Department spokesman said the treaty, signed by one hundred twenty two countries, would not lead to nuclear disarmament. It comes after the United Nations and the European Union backed the Nobel committee’s decision to award the 2017 peace prize to an anti-nukes civil society coalition. The group, known as the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, was a key force behind the adoption of the anti-nukes treaty in July. It wants all states to commit themselves to full elimination of nuclear weapons.