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U.N. adopts Japan-led nuclear resolution

Jiji PressNEW YORK (Jiji Press) — The U.N. General Assembly adopted Wednesday a Japan-led resolution calling for united action toward the total elimination of nuclear weapons.

The General Assembly adopted a similar resolution for the 25th consecutive year.

The latest resolution received 162 votes in favor, four against and 23 abstentions.

Countries which promote the U.N. nuclear weapons ban treaty abstained as they did last year, citing the lack of any reference to the treaty in the resolution.

The resolution failed to win support from these countries, though it revived a reference to Article 6 of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty obligating signatories to disarm nuclear weapons. The reference was removed last year.

The United States and France, which voted in favor last year, also abstained this year.

The United States has claimed that the resolution puts greater emphasis on nuclear disarmament than on nonproliferation. “We must not fixate on historical language that is out of date,” the United States said when it abstained from a vote on the resolution at the General Assembly’s First Committee on disarmament last month.

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