Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty represents the only binding commitment in a multilateral treaty to the goal of disarmament.
Under the treaty, of which 189 states are party:
- non-nuclear weapon states are obliged not to seek nuclear weapons
- nuclear weapon states have an “unequivocal undertaking” to disarm
- access to nuclear energy for peaceful uses is permitted to non-nuclear weapon states
Serious challenges facing the NPT:
- North Korea’s intention to withdraw from the NPT
- India, Israel and Pakistan’s refusal to sign and ratify the treaty
- ad hoc arrangements outside the treaty that undermine the multilateral process
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