U.S. & Allies Skip UN Talks to Ban Nuclear Weapons

Daily News Article - March 28, 2017


1. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. List the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

2. a) Who is the U.S. Ambassador to the UN?
b) How did the Ambassador explain the reason for not joining the group that wants all countries to ban nuclear weapons?
c) Do you agree with Ambassador Haley? Explain your answer.

3. a) List the countries which have nuclear weapons. (See “Background” below for the answer.)
b) List the countries with nuclear weapons that are not participating in the nuclear ban talks.

4. How did Britain’s Ambassador explain his government’s decision?

5. What did the French Ambassador say about a nuclear weapons ban treaty?

6. What has North Korea done recently that is of concern to the world?

7. Do you think the resolution adopted by 120 UN member countries to "negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination" is a realistic, reasonable goal, or do you agree with the U.S. [Trump administration] and 40 others who oppose such a measure at this time? (Remember, for the U.S., this is a departure from the past 8 years under President Obama, who had a goal of creating a nuclear weapons-free world.) Explain your answer.