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United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 1979

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The volume 4 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.

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New weapons of mass destruction

As early as 1948 the possibility that new types of weapons of mass destruction might be invented was foreseen in the first resolution of the Commission for Conventional Armaments. By that resolution, 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 mentioned above.

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