TRIDENT AND RELATED NEWS

May 2014

CNW – Criminality of Nuclear Weapons is a new website where people can pledge to reject nuclear weapons. Find it at http://nuclearweapons-warcrimes.org/

 

 

NPT Nuclear mapNuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

On 28th April, the 2014 Preparatory Committee of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty began in New York. During the session, governments will gather to discuss nuclear weapons and nuclear non-proliferation.

Nuclear-armed states will report on their latest efforts to move towards nuclear disarmament. What is striking is the stark contrast between their claims of good faith on one side and their continued invest-ments in the modernization of their arsenals on the other.  Even more troubling are rumours about a fourth nuclear test in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and continuous reports on safety problems around nuclear weapons facilities.

In order to counter the perception that the NPT serves the interests only of the Treaty’s nuclear-armed states and their allies, the rejection of nuclear weapons must be reinforced. The lack of progress on nuclear disarmament, coupled with the insistence of some states that these weapons have security value, makes preventing proliferation and achieving a world free of nuclear weapons difficult if not impossible.