NPT Safeguards debacleSuccessive NPT review conferences have recognised nuclear disarmament will require safeguards that are both rigorous and universal. In concluding the nuclear weapon prohibition treaty, however, the negotiating states have failed to require a universal high safeguards standard. Rather, the treaty sets different standards depending on a party’s circumstances. This approach not only damages the treaty itself, but also the prospects for disarmament and potentially the NPT. If the text cannot be corrected, what should have been an inspirational treaty will instead remain divisive and counterproductive.

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