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India abstains from voting on nuclear weapons ban at UN

India abstained a resolution by a UN General Assembly committee to launch negotiations on a new treaty banning nuclear weapons. 
●    Indian officials will present the explanation of vote (EoV) at the UN in the early hours of Saturday.
●    The resolution presented by Austria, Ireland, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa and Brazil was adopted by a vote of 123 votes. 
●    Four of the five UN Security Council nuclear powers — Britain, France, Russia and the United States — voted against the resolution while China abstained, as did Pakistan, besides India.
●    Opponents of the resolution argued that nuclear disarmament should be addressed within negotiations on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).