United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 1976

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The volume 1 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.



Prohibition of new weapons of mass destruction

The possibility that new types of weapons of mass destruction might emerge was foreseen already in the first resolution of the Commission for Conventional Armaments, established by the Security Council in 1948. That resolution, in delineating the jurisdiction of the Commission, stated that weapons of mass destruction should be defined to include atomic explosive weapons, radioactive material weapons, lethal chemical and biological weapons, and any weapons developed in the future with characteristics comparable in destructive effect to those of the atomic bomb or other weapons noted above. By excluding weapons so defined from its jurisdiction, the Commission incidentally established guidance for delineation between conventional weapons and weapons of mass destruction.


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