South Africa must understand that other countries regard the adoption of the ban treaty in the UN General Assembly as very destabilising. And it might end up having a very serious impact on the international strategic environment. By PETER FABRICIUS.
In June 122 UN member states adopted the ban treaty in the UN General Assembly. The treaty will be opened for signing from September 20. If at least 50 states sign it, it will enter into force.
But it will not be mandatory for those who don't sign it.
The five states that are permitted to possess nuclear weapons under the 1970 Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) - the US, UK, France, China and Russia - and the four other "unofficial" nuclear weapons states - India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea - boycotted the negotiations which drafted the nuclear weapons ban.
All of the Nato countries plus some others which fall under the US nuclear protection umbrella either also boycotted the negotiations or voted against the treaty.
The US has nonetheless launched a diplomatic campaign to try to reduce the number of nations which sign the treaty.
In an interview last week, Robert Wood, US Permanent Representative to the Conference on...