Iceland Votes Against Nuclear Weapons Ban - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Iceland Votes Against Nuclear Weapons Ban

Published November 10, 2015

Nanna Árnadóttir
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Despite memes touting Iceland’s famed demilitarised and peace-loving ways, representatives at the United Nations voted against negotiations towards a nuclear weapons ban treaty, reports RÚV.

The pledge to disarm, submitted as a resolution this week in the UNGA First Committee by 43 states, gained 128 votes out of 157 votes cast (77%).

The resolution states that “given their indiscriminate nature and potential to annihilate humanity, nuclear weapons are inherently immoral,” stressing that all States shared an ethical responsibility to act and prohibit all nuclear weapons, given their catastrophic humanitarian consequences and associated risks.

Iceland was among the countries who voted against the resolution, as were actual nuclear weapon states such as the United States, the United Kingdom and France.

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