Comprehensive Test Ban Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty

4 April 2015
History & 1995 permanent international ratification, negotiations, nuclear & non-nuclear states, principles & provisions, review conferences, U.S. public opinion, unresolved problems.

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was made permanent in May, 25 years after it entered into force and nearly 50 years after the United States wrought devastation on Hiroshima. The four-week NPT Review and Extension Conference, held in New York April 17 to May 12, was the largest arms control conference ever held, with 175 of the treaty’s 178 parties participating (How to, 1995, p. 28). No state got all it wanted, although the weapon states had more reason to be satisfied than the non-weapon states.

The United States, Russia, Britain, and France wanted the treaty extended indefinitely and unconditionally. Only the first part of their…

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