UN Backs Call for 'World without Nuclear Weapons' Security Council Approves US-Sponsored Resolution

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Byline: Mike Jones

THE UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons last night.

Russia, China and developing nations supported the US-sponsored measure, giving it global clout and strong political backing.

The resolution calls for increased efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, promote disarmament and "reduce the risk of nuclear terrorism."

It was only the fifth time the Security Council met at summit level since the UN was founded in 1945. And Barack Obama was the first American president to preside over a Security Council summit.

"The historic resolution we just adopted enshrines our shared commitment to a goal of a world without nuclear weapons," Mr Obama said immediately after the vote.

"And it brings Security Council agreement on a broad framework for action to reduce nuclear dangers as we work toward that goal."

Mr Obama said the global effort would seek to "lock down all vulnerable nuclear materials within four years."

"This is not about singling out an individual nation," he said. "International law is not an empty promise, and treaties must be enforced. …