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Nations wrap up nuke talks alarmed at alert level

GENEVA — Nations have concluded a round of global nuclear talks, expressing alarm that many nuclear weapons are kept on a high-alert level and are modernized, despite promises to get rid of them.

Two weeks of talks on the 1970 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty ended Friday. It focused on Iran’s nuclear programs, which insists in peaceful, and North Korea, which has undertaken provocative tests.

Preparing for the next major review of the pact in 2015, many nations said in a statement that just because the treaty was extended indefinitely in 1995, it didn’t mean some countries could possess them indefinitely.

Some said they’d only consider using nuclear weapons under extreme circumstances in accord with international humanitarian laws. Others said any threat or use of those weapons would break the law.



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