United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 1980

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The volume 5 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 possibility that new weapons of mass destruction might emerge was foreseen as early as 1948 in the first resolution of the Commission for Conventional Armaments. According to that resolution, “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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