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CPDCS Statement for the U.N. International Day for the Complete Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

The institution of the United Nations International Day for the Complete Elimination of Nuclear Weapons displays humanity’s recognition of the persevering with existential risk to human survival and civilization posed by nuclear weapons. As the Hibakusha, Japanese A- and H- Bomb survivors educate us from their terrorized and excruciating experiences, “Human beings and nuclear weapons cannot coexist.” It can also be true that given the dictates of nuclear command and management, nuclear weapons and democracy can’t coexist.

Today the Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and persevering with widespread calls for for nuclear disarmament function essentially the most forceful, however not ample counterweight to persevering with preparations by all 9 nuclear weapons states to wage apocalyptic nuclear warfare.

In reality, as we see with the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Doomsday Clock set at 90 seconds to midnight, the hazard of nuclear warfare is much larger at this time than it was in 2013 when the International Day was established. A senior member of Russia’s nationwide safety elite states that that is essentially the most harmful second in worldwide relations because the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, when President Kennedy’s advisors thought the possibilities of nuclear warfare have been between a 3rd and a half. That we’re alive at this time is a operate of luck and impressed diplomacy, the latter of which is dangerously absent at this time.

Following a convention practiced by virtually each U.S. president, President Putin and his most senior advisors have threatened the primary use of nuclear weapons, this time particularly if Moscow’s management of Crimea is threatened. Midst the Ukraine War and rising tensions between the West and Russia, in violation of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, new era of U.S. nuclear weapons are being deployed to NATO allies, and Russia is within the means of deploying nuclear weapons to Belarus. In East Asia, the U.S. is once more deploying nuclear armed ships to South Korean waters and ports, and tensions over Taiwan have been a major issue within the Biden Administration’s refusal to undertake both a sole use or no first use nuclear doctrine in its National Security Strategy. Planning to be used of tactical nuclear weapons in a warfare for Taiwan is now widespread in coverage circles in Washington, D.C. And the absence of strategic stability and arms management diplomacy between the U.S. and Russia and the U.S. and China drastically improve the risks that an accident, incident, or miscalculation might set off disastrous escalation to nuclear warfare.

All of the nuclear powers are both increasing or “modernizing” their nuclear arsenals. Iran and Japan are close to nuclear powers, and South Korea and Saudia Arabia face each home and worldwide pressures to equalize what they understand to be unjust imbalances of nuclear terror.

The International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons offers us with a chance to boost the alarm, to emphasise the centrality of Article VI of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty which requires good religion negotiations for the entire elimination of nuclear weapons. Most importantly, the Day encourages us to extend our commitments, organizing, and advocacy for the nuclear weapons-free world that we and future generations deserve.

The Second Meeting of States Parties of the Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons convenes on the U.N. in New York the week of November 27. We hope to see you there, in particular person or on-line, for our conferences.

Campaign For Peace, Disarmament & Common Security

Source: Pressenza