UN panel releases draft treaty banning possession and use of nuclear weapons

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States would have to destroy any nuclear weapons they have and would be forbidden from transferring them

A United Nations-backed panel has publicly released a draft treaty banning the possession and use of all nuclear weapons.

The draft treaty is the culmination of a sustained campaign, supported by more than 130 non-nuclear states frustrated with the sclerotic pace of disarmament, to prohibit nuclear weapons and persuade nuclear-armed states to disarm.

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