UN adopts landmark resolution calling for the ultimate elimination of nuclear weapons worldwide.
USA, UK, France, Russia, Israel vote NO
By Eileen Fleming
On 27 October 2016, a UN General Assembly committee voted to launch negotiations on a new treaty banning nuclear weapons despite opposition from four of the five UN Security Council nuclear powers.
America, Britain, France, other European allies, Russia, Israel and Canada voted against Resolution L.41 which calls for a global elimination of nuclear weapons.
Resolution L.41 was accepted by a vote of 123-38, with 16 member nations abstaining.
China, India and Pakistan abstained from voting on the non-binding resolution presented by Austria, Ireland, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa and Brazil.
Co-sponsored by 57 nations, Resolution L.41 states:
“Deeply concerned about the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and the risks related to the existence of nuclear weapons.”
The General Assembly “Decides to convene in 2017 a United Nations conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination.”
Beatrice Fihn, executive director of International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapons (ICAN) responded, “For seven decades, the UN has warned of the dangers of nuclear weapons, and people globally have campaigned for their abolition. Today the majority of states finally resolved to outlaw these weapons.”
Opponents claim the NPT is all the world needs to address the scourge of nuclear weapons.
The NPT/Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty was created in 1968, and maintains that nuclear weapons proliferation can only be curtailed if nuclear countries move toward disarmament and the five nuclear powers that signed the NPT must abolish their nuclear weapons.
America is one of the five nuclear powers that signed the NPT and the USA has been in violation of the NPT ever since signing it!
On 8 July 1996, the International Court of Justice issued the statement: “The destructive power of nuclear weapons cannot be contained in either space or time. They have the potential to destroy all civilization and the entire ecosystem of the planet.”
The ICJ also affirmed the “fundamental, cardinal and intransgressible” rule that “States must never make civilians the object of attack and must consequently never use weapons that are incapable of distinguishing between civilians and military targets.”
States have obligations. People have rights.
Anti-nuclear civil resistance is the right of every citizen of the world, for the nuclear threat attacks every core concept of human rights and calls for urgent and universal action for its prevention. If it is a basic human right to be free of threat or violence, if the right to life is a basic human right, if the protection of children and future generations is a basic human duty, international law must unhesitatingly recognize that the right to non violent resistance activities for the prevention of such an international crime is basic to human dignity. -Judge Weeramantry, “The Trident and International Law, Scotland’s Obligations” Feb. 3, 2009.
On 17 April 2010, Iran hosted a conference in Tehran on nuclear disarmament with sixty countries represented.
America did not send a representative.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued the statement that nuclear weaponry was prohibited under Islam and he also blew the doors off Israel’s and America’s nuclear deceptions stating:
If America’s claims of fighting the proliferation of nuclear weapons were not false, would the Zionist regime be able to turn the occupied Palestinian lands into an arsenal where a huge number of nuclear weapons are stored while refusing to respect international regulations in this regard, especially the NPT?
There is only one government that has committed a nuclear crime so far.
Only the government of the United States of America has attacked the oppressed people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with atomic bombs in an unfair and inhumane war.
Using or even threatening to use such weapons is a serious violation of the most basic rules of philanthropy and is a clear manifestation of war crimes.
The greatest violators of the NPT are the powers who have reneged on their obligation to dispose of nuclear weapons mentioned in Article 6 of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
These powers have even surpassed other countries with respect to promoting nuclear weapons in the world.
By providing the Zionist regime with nuclear weapons and supporting its policies, these powers play a direct role in promoting nuclear weapons which is against the obligations they have undertaken according to Article 1 of the NPT.
We believe that besides nuclear weapons, other types of weapons of mass destruction such as chemical and biological weapons also pose a serious threat to humanity.
The Iranian nation, which is itself a victim of chemical weapons, feels more than any other nation the danger that is caused by the production and stockpiling of such weapons and is prepared to make use of all its facilities to counter such threats.
We consider the use of such weapons as haram (religiously forbidden) and believe that it is everyone’s duty to make efforts to secure humanity against this great disaster. 
On 5 April 2009, Mr. Nuclear Free World President Obama stood on the world stage in Prague and admitted:
As the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon, the United States has a moral responsibility to act. When we fail to pursue peace, then it stays forever beyond our grasp. We know the path when we choose fear over hope. To denounce or shrug off a call for cooperation is an easy but also cowardly thing to do. That’s how wars begin. That’s where human progress ends.
The voices of peace and progress must be raised together.
Human destiny will be what we make of it.
Words must mean something.
In 1987, from Ashkelon prison, the still not free Mordechai Vanunu wrote words that still mean something:
The passive acceptance and complacency with regard to the existence of nuclear weapons anywhere on earth is the disease of society today.
This struggle is not only a legitimate one – it is a moral, inescapable struggle.
Already now there are enough nuclear missiles to destroy the world many times over [and] this issue should unite us all, because that is our real enemy.
Is any government qualified and authorized to produce such weapons?
The United States developed its atom bomb during World War II, without giving much thought to the long-term effects and consequences – and the rest of the world has followed it to this day.
Only peace between states can promise real security to each state and to every citizen….
During a 2005 interview and walk up the Mount of Olives with Vanunu, I said, “Have you ever considered the idea that the anti-Christ may not be a man at all? I keep thinking how nuclear weapons are promoted by governments as instruments of peace, but they only bring destruction. I can’t imagine that God intended for man to blow up this planet, but instead, to learn how to share it.”
Israel’s Nuclear Whistle Blower Mordechai Vanunu responded:
The only way to peace is peace; the only way is nonviolence.
The only answer to Israeli nuclear weapons, their aggression, occupation and oppression, and the wall and refugee camps is to answer them with truth and a peaceful voice.
When I became the spy for the world, I did it all for the people of the world.
If governments do not report the truth, and if the media does not report the truth, then all we can do is follow our consciences.
Daniel Ellsberg did, the woman from Enron did, and I did.
The United States needs to wake up and see the truth that Israel is not a democracy, unless you are a Jew.
Israel is the only country in the Middle East where America can right now find WMDs.
America can also find where basic human rights have been denied Christians: right here in Israel…[Ibid]
Eileen Fleming’s first two questions to Mordechai Vanunu taped in June 2005 at the Ambassador Hotel in east Jerusalem
Learn more about Vanunu’s human rights struggle and USA collusion in Israel’s nuclear deceptions at:
Mordechai Vanunu, the Snowden of Israel
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- Mordechai Vanunu: Final Annual Update and this Writers Next Steps - June 19, 2021