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Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons Approved at United Nations
Under the new treaty, signatory states must agree not to develop, test, manufacture or possess nuclear weapons, or threaten to use them, or allow any nuclear arms to be stationed on their territory. The treaty was endorsed by 122 countries at the United Nations headquarters in New York on July 7, 2017, after months of talks in the face of strong opposition from nuclear-armed states and their allies.
Last year, the Doomsday Clock ticked forward largely in response to candidate Trump’s alarming campaign rhetoric. Because of the extraordinary danger of the current moment, it was moved today 30 seconds even closer to catastrophe, said the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The clock is now two minutes to midnight.
“The reality of a nuclear armed President Trump running loose in the world is worse than we feared, and that is clearly a central factor in this decision."
The U.S. Department of Defense maintains an estimated stockpile of 3,800 nuclear warheads for delivery by more than 800 ballistic missiles and aircraft. Roughly 1,300 warheads are actually deployed, while most of the remaining inventory is either held in reserve. These weapons are thought to be stored across 11 U.S. states.