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Neither Party to or Endorsing Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty, Says India | India News

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NEW DELHI: As the first historic, albeit largely symbolic, UN treaty banning nuclear weapons came into force on Friday, India said it is neither party to nor does it support it.
India is not alone. None of the nuclear weapon states is party to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). Even NATO has refused to support the treaty. Japan, the only state that actually suffered a nuclear weapons attack, also disassociated itself from the treaty, although it remains committed to total disarmament.
India, the MEA said, “remains committed to universal, non-discriminatory and verifiable nuclear disarmament.” However, the treaty entered into force with 86 signatures and was ratified by more than 60 countries.
In a statement, MEA said: “India did not participate in the TPNW negotiations and has consistently made it clear that it will not become a party to the treaty. India does not support the treaty and will not be bound by any of the obligations that may flow from it. India believes that this treaty does not constitute or contribute to the development of customary international law; nor does it establish new standards or norms. ”
The treaty emerged in 2017, born out of the belief that the global movement to ban nuclear weapons had stopped, and that the non-proliferation treaty was also ineffective. The treaty requires that ratifying countries “never under any circumstances … develop, test, produce, manufacture, acquire, possess or store nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices.” The pact also prohibits any transfer or use of nuclear weapons or nuclear explosive devices.

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