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Disarmament Diplomacy and the Ban Treaty

Arms Control Wonk
May 29, 2017
By Michael Krepon

The drafting of a Ban (or Prohibition) Treaty, which resumes in June, is the latest manifestation of a quest for complete abolition of nuclear weapons that is as old as the Bomb itself. This effort gained prominent adherents after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, including Henry L. Stimson, the Secretary of War who oversaw the Manhattan Project. Stimson resolved afterward that no one else should ever be in his position, contemplating which cities to be left on and taken off a targeting list for mushroom clouds.
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