ON November 24 the Presidium of the Soviet Parliament ratified the treaty banning the spread of nuclear weapons.
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Background: ON November 24 the Presidium of the Soviet Parliament ratified the treaty banning the spread of nuclear weapons. The session was chaired by Soviet President Nikolai Podgorniy. The Soviet Communist Party leader Leonid Breshnev and Soviet Premier Alexei Podgorniy took part in the proceedings. Addressing the session, Soviet foreign minister Andrei Gromyko atressed that the concluding of the non-proliferation treaty is of vital international importance. The Treaty, he noted, affirms one of the key international legal norms to which countries must adhere. Extensive international recognition of the treaty, the Soviet foreign minister went on to say, reveals, the readiness of the peoples of the world to pool their effects in avert nuclear war.
In conclusion Mr. Gromyko said that the treaty ratification by the USA as well would undoubtedly spur other countries to do likewise and make it come into effect without delay.
The chairman of the Soviet of the Union's foreign affairs committee, Mikhail Suslov, speaking at the session noted that the Treaty was in keeping with the aims and tasks of the peace-loving Leninist foreign policy.
The members of the Soviet Parliament's Presidium stressed in their speeches that the Treaty was one of the most important instruments to strengthen peace and prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.