For the first time ever, the United Nations General Assembly has voted for a total halt to the production of United States and Soviet nuclear weapons.
SV Chairman speaking on request for recorded vote and an Under General Secretary asking for votes.
GV Delegates voting
SV Results board and SV Chairman announcing result (2 shots)
SV Gordon Luce (USA) speaking of their abstention (SOT)
SV Vladimir Shustov (USSR) speaking (RUSSIAN SOT)
TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE FIVE):
LUCE: "Mr. chairman, we thus have abstained on Resolution A because we believe that it does not go far enough in reflecting the will of disarmament and security issues in al the aspects, and in all regions of the world."
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Background: For the first time ever, the United Nations General Assembly has voted for a total halt to the production of United States and Soviet nuclear weapons. It was passed by 117 votes to 17, with eight abstentions. The big majority of 117 in favour consisted of the Soviet Union, its Warsaw Pact allies, non-aligned and neutral countries. The call like all Assembly resolutions is not binding. The United States and most European countries voted against the ban, sponsored by Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Sweden. United Nations officials said the freeze call reflected the view of many governments that both the United States and the Soviet Union were roughly equal in nuclear weapons, and their concern at the continuing build up in arms. A second resolution, calling on all nuclear equipped states to stop producing such weapons was also passed. After the main vote, the US Deputy Permanent Representative, Mr Gordon Luce, explained why he was opposed to the ban. The Soviet representative, Vladimir Shustov, said peace and disarmament arguments in the USSR were universal in nature. Hi country looked forward to the provisions of the resolutions being implemented soon.