Sweden said it will not sign a United Nations convention on nuclear weapons, calling it both problematic and unclear, on Friday, July 12th.
Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom argued that the treaty "in its current form is not ready." The text has "no clear definition of nuclear weapons and there are a number of issues that must be answered," she added.
Wallstrom told a news conference that there is no majority in Sweden's parliament, the Riksdagen, to sign the convention. The country's two-party, centre-left minority needs the backing of a majority to sign it.
According to Bloomberg, Wallstrom said that reality is complicated and the treaty is problematic, but the decision was made as a militarily alliance-free nation. Sweden will become an observer nation to the treaty and will not close the door on signing it, she continued.
Sweden is not a Nato member and the country’s Social-Democratic-led government has been internally divided over the issue of nuclear weapons and the treaty in particular.
Some are arguing Sweden could find its cooperative relationship with the alliance weakened if it endorses the United Nations convention. Nato supports the idea of a world without nuclear weapons, but does not believe it can be achieved by imposing a ban through the U N convention, AP reported.
Wallstrom added the government will continue "its nuclear disarmament efforts" and will continue "to work for a ban on nuclear weapons" as an observer. Wallstrom said "the goal of the government's work is clear: Sweden is a strong voice in the world for a nuclear-free world."
According to the UN, there are believed to be about 15,000 nuclear weapons in the world, and with rising tensions with Iran, and North Korea’s nuclear testing, the current threat of a nuclear attack is rated at its highest level since the end of the Cold War.