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Majority of nations pass measure setting up U.N. vote on 'killer robots'

The first-of-its-kind provision cites an “urgent need for the international community to address the challenges and concerns raised by autonomous weapons systems."

Campaigners at the U.N.
Campaigners at the U.N. (AN/Stop Killer Robots/Clare Conboy)

A U.N. committee easily passed a provision seeking a vote in the General Assembly later this year on how to control autonomous weapons.

The 193-nation assembly's First Committee, which handles issues related to disarmament and international security, "retained the provision" in 164-5 vote on Wednesday. Belarus, India, Mali, Niger and Russia were opposed.

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