A number of protesters were arrested in New York on Tuesday as they called for an end to all nuclear weapons. Their demonstration coincides with a United Nations conference on a global anti-nuclear weapons treaty.
The main message of the protesters was that the multilateral debate at forums such as the NPT needs to shift from nuclear arms control to nuclear abolition.The demonstrators began their rally near the United Nations with a vigil, displaying an array of banners and even a mask mimicking the destruction caused in Hiroshima and Nagasaki by atomic bombs.
The conference comes as Iran tries to make progress in talks with US and five other global powers on a long-term atomic deal. The 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) has 190 signatories on behalf of 118 non-aligned nations. The NPT is the world's benchmark disarmament pact.