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United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 1991

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The volume 16 compiles the disarmament resolutions and decisions of the forty-sixth session of the General Assembly, the voting patterns in the General Assembly and the First Committee report and dates of their adoption. It summarizes developments and trends in 1991 on key issues of multilateral consideration at the international and regional levels. Reviews the activity of the forty-sixth session of the General Assembly, the Conference on Disarmament and the Disarmament Commission. Contains a timeline that highlights events in multilateral disarmament in 1991.

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New weapons of mass destruction; radiological weapons

The possibility that new weapons of mass destruction might emerge was taken into account by the Commission for Conventional Armaments in 1948, when it defined such weapons as including “atomic explosive weapons, radioactive material weapons, lethal chemical and biological weapons, and any weapons developed in the future which have characteristics comparable in destructive effect to those of the atomic bomb or other weapons mentioned above”. At that time, “radioactive material weapons”, now known as “radiological weapons” (devices containing radioactive substances, which are dispersed by conventional explosives), did not exist, and they are still not known to be produced.

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