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On March 27, the United Nations will start negotiations on an international treaty to ban nuclear weapons.From the beginning, even those who set the world on the path to nuclear weapons understood the mortal danger and moral challenge confronting humanity.At the time, only the United States had nuclear weapons, and it chose to maintain its monopoly.Where it led, others soon followed, forcing humanity to endure the decades of weapons development, arms races, proliferation and nuclear crises that followed.As the number and destructive power of nuclear weapons grew, and as even developing countries began to acquire them, recognition of the danger gave rise to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which entered into force in 1970 .France and China, the only other nuclear weapon states at the time, held out for more than 20 years, until 1992 .Although all professed support for achieving a nuclear-weapon-free world, disarmament negotiations never began.Through the U.N. General Assembly, they asked the International Court of Justice to rule on the legality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons.The nine nuclear weapon states will finally be put to the test.
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