The 191 nations signing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty have agreed to postpone the conference reviewing its application due to the coronavirus pandemic, the UN reported.

The treaty is seen as the cornerstone of global efforts to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and the parties meet every five years to discuss their status. The conference was scheduled for April 27 to May 22 at the UN headquarters in New York.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the conference will be held “as soon as circumstances permit, but in April 2021 at the latest.”

The UN said days ago that the postponement was likely, but that the conference’s appointed president, Argentine Ambassador Gustavo Zlauvinen, wanted to consult governments.

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is attributed to having prevented dozens of nations from acquiring nuclear weapons.

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