by Joe Scarry
As more and more people grew aware that the confrontation between the US/NATO and Russia over Ukraine could grow to world-threatening proportions, representatives of the nuclear weapons states (the so-called P-5 – US, Russia, UK, France, China) met in London.
This led to a very interesting exchange on Twitter:
|Robert Wood @USAmbCD *
London Conference demonstrated P-5 commitment to their Article VI
obligations. Good exchange between P-5 and NPDI reps.Joe Scarry @Scarry
.@USAmbCD – Thanks – that “demonstrated P-5 commitment to their
Article VI obligations”? Could we see more? @napf @Cirincione
Robert Wood @USAmbCD
*U.S. Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament and Special
U.S. Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament and Special Representative for Biological and Toxin Weapons (BWC) Convention Issues says “The P-5 have a responsibility to do more [with respect to the P-5’s Article VI obligations]”?
This is significant because, as the most powerful nation in the P-5, the US has the ability to make the P-5 “do more” if it wants to.
And it’s also significant because the nations of the world meet in New York City at the UN starting in just over two months for the once-every-5-years review conference of the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (the NPT). People around the world are clamoring for progress on the main pillar of the NPT — the total elimination of nuclear arsenals by those who already have them. This is the “Article VI” of the NPT that all signatories (most notably US, Russia, UK, France, China) have signed on to:
The NPT is based on a quid pro quo: nuclear “have-nots” agree to not acquire nuclear weapons, and nuclear “haves” agree to disarm. (See A DEAL’S A DEAL! (What part of “nuclear disarmament” doesn’t the US understand?) )
Equally as important, AMERICANS are demanding action.
The clock is ticking . . . .