Several countries, including the US and the Soviet Union, developed and tested radiological weapons before abandoning their programs. Today, there is a real risk that states may again pursue these weapons. Within the context of the P5, could now be the time to revive the initiative to ban radiological weapons?
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With the entry into force of the TPNW, the international community stands at a crossroads with respect to the future of nuclear weapons. Tom Sauer argues that the non-nuclear weapon states in NATO have a significant decision to make.
For supporters of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, risk reduction measures must address the risks stemming from the possession of nuclear weapons and the practice of nuclear deterrence per se.
Getting P5 strategic risk reduction right: What NATO non-nuclear-weapon states seek from nuclear-weapon states
To get strategic risk reduction right, the P5 will need to respond to NATO non-nuclear-weapon states interest in a structured and transparent conversation on concrete measures to lower the risk of nuclear use.
On the eve of the tenth Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference, the P5 should establish a regular, open-ended and sustained dialogue process on strategic risk reduction to improve the international security environment.
In light of recent reports that the Trump administration is considering the resumption of nuclear testing, the international community should redouble its commitment to the norm against testing. The only way to close the door on nuclear weapon testing for good is to bring the CTBT into force.