UN to kick off talks on global nuclear weapons ban
More than 100 countries are set to launch the first UN talks on a global nuclear weapons ban today over objections from the major nuclear powers. They say the threat of nuclear disaster is growing thanks to mounting tensions fanned by North Korea's nuclear weapons program and an unpredictable new administration in Washington. Leading the effort are Austria, Ireland, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa and Sweden. They have the backing of hundreds of NGOs and are hoping that their work will bear fruit just like the successful grassroots movements led to the prohibition of landmines in 1997 and cluster munitions in 2008. Here is a look at the countries with nuclear weapons according to the latest assessment by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.