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United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 1983

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The volume 8 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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Radiological weapons

The United Nations Commission for Conventional Armaments, which was established in 1947 by the Security Council, by a resolution adopted in 1948 defined weapons of mass destruction to include, inter alia, “radioactive material weapons”, which were latflr on called radiological weapons/ These weapons are not known to exist as yet but, if produced, they would be intended to disperse radioactive substances in the target area independently of nuclear explosions for the purpose of causing injury to human beings. The discussion on prohibiting such weapons began in a serious fashion in the late 1960s.

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