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States agree to ban nuclear weapons

After a decade-long effort by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), and 72 years after their invention, today states at the United Nations concluded negotiations and formally adopted the new treaty, which categorically prohibits nuclear weapons. Until now, nuclear weapons were the only weapons of mass destruction not yet prohibited despite the widespread catastrophic consequences that would result from any use or accidental detonation of these weapons.