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Putting the nonproliferation back in the NPT

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
April 6, 2017
By Victor Gilinsky, Henry Sokolski

Often criticized as full of holes and unenforceable, the near-universal 1968 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) nevertheless retains a degree of respect that still matters when, say, Japan and South Korea debate whether to outfit themselves with nuclear weapons. It needs our help to sustain its principal functionóbarring the way to more nuclear weapons countriesóbecause it has been getting watered down. The NPT community both in and out of government has taken to describing the treaty as resting on three pillars, only one of which is nonproliferation.
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