Over the objections of most nuclear-armed nations, a UN committee on disarmament and security resoundingly approved a resolution in October that would mandate negotiations toward a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons. Outright prohibition of nuclear weapons would contrast starkly with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which allows five countries to retain nuclear weapons for an unspecified time—as they "pursue negotiations in good faith… on a treaty on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control." The UN General Assembly is expected to approve the resolution this month, triggering conferences in 2017 to negotiate a ban treaty. Assuming the conferences are in fact conducted, what should a resulting treaty entail—and would it succeed in speeding the disarmament process?
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