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Officers keep watch across the street from United Nations Headquarters Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in New York. Security is tightened after an improvised bomb was detonated in a dumpster Saturday night in the Chelsea section of the New York City. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)

The United Nations voted to start discussing a global nuclear weapons ban


The United Nations voted to start exploring the possibility of a global disarmament of nuclear weapons--despite opposition from nuclear states and their allies, The Guardian reports.

Over 120 nations voted in favor, 38 opposed and 16 nations abstained. Members voting against the ban include the United States., the U.K., China, Russia, India, Pakistan, Israel, France and North Korea.

Japan, the only country to ever be attacked with a nuclear weapon, voted against.

A man watches a TV screen showing a file footage of the missile launch conducted by North Korea, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, March 18, 2016. North Korea defied U.N. resolutions by firing a medium-range ballistic missile into the sea on Friday, Seoul and Washington officials said, days after its leader Kim Jong Un ordered weapons tests linked to its pursuit of a long-range nuclear missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland. The letters on the screen read " The missile puts all of South Korea and part of Japan within striking distance." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Opponents of the measure, like the United States, say that total global disarmament is "impractical" and ignores security threats that are kept in check by nuclear, mutually-assured destruction, UPI reports.

Not everyone is happy about the countries that voted against negotiations. 

The resolution will go to a vote of the full United Nations General Assembly in December. If passed, the resolution would, supporters hope, create a conference in March 2017 to create a "legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination," according to The Guardian.

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