United Nations and Disarmament 1945-1970

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The United Nations and Disarmament 1945-1970 compiles the disarmament resolutions and decisions of the General Assembly, the voting patterns in the General Assembly and the First Committee report and dates of their adoption.



Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

The earliest efforts in the united nations to draft a treaty which would insure that the newly discovered atomic energy would be used exclusively for peaceful purposes had as one aim the prevention of the spread of nuclear weapons. The dissemination of knowledge of nuclear technology, as distinct from its use for military purposes, was accelerated in the 1950’s when the United States and the Soviet Union undertook to render extensive technical assistance in the field of peaceful uses of atomic energy. In addition, the policies of the major Powers and their defence requirements led to the building up of military alliances and other collective defence arrangements, including in some cases the stationing of armed forces with nuclear weapons on the territory of countries which themselves did not possess nuclear weapons.


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