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The World Is a Safer Place, Thanks to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

Published by U.S. Department of State Official Blog

By C.S. Eliot Kang

In the early 1960s, President John F. Kennedy warned that as many as twenty-five countries might be on the path to acquiring nuclear weapons by the end of the 1970s.  Imagine the world today if many more nations had been able to develop nuclear weapons.  This, without a doubt, would have greatly increased the risk of regional conflicts escalating to nuclear war.  Thanks in large part to the Treaty of the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), this did not happen.

On May 2 this year, the NPT marked the first meeting of the five-year cycle leading to its tenth Review Conference in 2020, the year that marks the 50th anniversary of the treaty’s entry into force.  This milestone provides an opportunity for all parties to reflect on the benefits they derive from the Treaty, celebrate the goals they have achieved as partners, and further commit to work together to sustain global security.

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