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.
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.
Today,there was a proposal in the United Nations about disarmament of the worlds nuclear weapons. Norway voted AGAINST....numbskulls.— Bård Lutro (@skinna69) October 28, 2016
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.