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UN Adopts U.S.-Drafted Plea for Stalled Nuclear Test Treaty

  • Nonbinding measure calls for all nations to ratify treaty
  • Republicans in Congress objected as Senate hasn’t done so
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The UN Security Council adopted a U.S.-drafted resolution calling on all states to end nuclear weapons testing, a move that came over the opposition of some Republican lawmakers in Washington.

The proposal passed the Security Council on Friday with 14 votes in favor and Egypt abstaining. The resolution, which isn’t legally binding, coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, an international agreement prohibiting nuclear test explosions, which the U.S. signed in 1996. While the U.S. Senate has never ratified the treaty, the resolution adopted Friday urges all states that haven’t signed or ratified it to “do so without delay.”