United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 1977

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The volume 2 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.



New weapons of mass destruction

The international community has long been aware that military research may result in new devices whose destructive effect is comparable to that of nuclear weapons. As early as 1948, when atomic weapons had been in existence for only a few years, the Commission for Conventional Armaments of the Security Council adopted a resolution which reflected the realization that in the future weapons might be developed with characteristics comparable in destructive effect to those of atomic explosive weapons, radioactive material weapons, and lethal biological and chemical weapons.


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