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Bolivia ratifies nuclear ban treaty on A-bomb anniversary

Bolivian Ambassador to the United Nations Sacha Llorenti (L) (Kyodo)

NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- Bolivia ratified a treaty banning nuclear weapons Tuesday, becoming the 25th U.N. member to do so with a total of 50 ratifications needed for the pact to come into effect.

After submitting the ratification document to a U.N. official, Bolivian Ambassador to the United Nations Sacha Llorenti told reporters that he chose the date, which coincides with the 74th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, so as not to forget those who lost their lives in the attack.

So far, 70 counties and regions have become signatories of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, adopted in July 2017, according to the U.N. office on disarmament. After signing the treaty, each country must then ratify it, usually through a process of parliamentary approval.

Nuclear-weapon states such as the United States and China have not joined the pact. Japan and other nations under the protection of U.S. nuclear forces have also stayed out of the treaty.

The adoption of the treaty drew strong support from A-bomb survivors as well as peace activists.

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