New nuclear arms race is upon us: Revelation 16

New nuclear arms race is upon us, an architect of weapons ban treaty warns

SENIOR PARLIAMENTARY REPORTERPUBLISHED NOVEMBER 29, 2021UPDATED YESTERDAY

Spectators wave Chinese flags as military vehicles carrying DF-41 ballistic missiles roll during a parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of Communist China in Beijing, Oct. 1, 2019.MARK SCHIEFELBEIN/THE ASSOCIATED PRESSLISTEN TO ARTICLE

An Austrian diplomat who was one of the architects of a new UN treaty aimed at banning nuclear weapons says the world is in the midst of a new arms race which includes a dramatic expansion of China’s arsenal.

Alexander Kmentt helped bring about the creation of the UN Treaty Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons, or Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty, which was adopted in 2017 and entered into force in January, 2021. More than 120 countries voted for the treaty’s adoption and more than 55 states have ratified, or acceding to, the treaty so far. All nine countries with nuclear arsenals, including the United States, Russia, Britain and France, have refused to sign.

Even members of the NATO military alliance without nuclear weapons, including Canada, have opted to stay out of the treaty. Last week, Jens Stoltenberg, secretary-general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, said, “The world where we get rid of our nuclear weapons but where China, Russia and countries like North Korea continue to have nuclear weapons is not a safer world.”

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