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US urges countries to withdraw from UN nuke ban treaty

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Posted at 1:32 AM, Oct 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-24 01:32:05-04

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States is urging countries that have ratified a U.N. treaty to ban nuclear weapons to withdraw their support as the pact nears the 50 ratifications needed to trigger its entry into force, which supporters say could happen this week.

A U.S. letter sent to signatories, obtained by The Associated Press, says the original nuclear powers -- the U.S., Russia, China, Britain and France -- and NATO allies “stand unified in our opposition" to the treaty's “potential repercussions.”

Beatrice Fihn, head of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, said the U.S. action shows the treaty will soon become reality.