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United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 1986

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The volume 11 compiles the disarmament resolutions and decisions of the forty-first session of the General Assembly, the voting patterns in the General Assembly and the First Committee report and dates of their adoption. It summarizes developments and trends in 1986 on key issues of multilateral consideration at the international and regional levels.

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New weapons of mass destruction: Radiological weapons

The possibility of the emergence of new weapons of mass destruction was taken into account by the Commission for Conventional Armaments in 1948, when it defined such weapons “ to include atomic explosive weapons, radioactive material weapons, lethal chemical and biological weapons, and any weapons developed in the future which have characteristics comparable in destructive effect to those of the atomic bomb or other weapons mentioned above” “ Radioactive material weapons”, later known as radiological weapons, were not and, as of the end of 1986, are not known to exist; if produced, they would be intended to disperse radioactive substances, independently of nuclear explosions, for the purpose of causing injury to human beings.

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