Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, head of the Vietnam Permanent Mission to the United Nations (Photo: VNA)

New York (VNA) – Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, head of the Vietnam Permanent Mission to the United Nations, deposited with the UN Secretary General Vietnam’s instrument of ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on May 17, becoming the 10th country ratifying the document.

So far, the treaty has been signed by 58 countries. Once ratified by 50 countries, it will enter in force.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh signed the treaty on September 22, 2017, in the framework of the 72nd UN General Assembly’s High-level Meeting.

Being one of the first countries to sign and ratify the treaty, Vietnam has shown its consistent policy for peace and supporting nuclear disarmament across the world.

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons has a historical significance, as this is the first international document comprehensively prohibiting the development, testing, producing, manufacturing, acquiring, possessing, stockpiling, transferring, receiving, using or threatening to use nuclear weapons.

Particularly, the treaty regulates that any State involving in activities related to the testing or use of nuclear weapons shall have responsibility to provide adequate assistance to affected State parties, for the purpose of victim assistance and environmental remediation.

It also allows States owning nuclear weapons to join the treaty after eliminating the weapons.-VNA