The “bizarre” ban – a response to the draft Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Atomic Reporters’ Tariq Rauf provides some preliminary comments on the first draft of a Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that is under negotiation at the United Nations in New York — these negotiations will continue from 15 June–7 July 2017. (Tariq Rauf was Head, Verification and Security Policy Coordination at the International Atomic Energy Agency… Read More The “bizarre” ban – a response to the draft Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Peaceful Uses NPT PrepCom Day Seven

by Tariq Rauf VIENNA, 10 May 2017: Atomic bombs and associated nuclear materials pose the greatest risk to humanity, not civilian nuclear facilities, or nuclear activities under IAEA full-scope safeguards, Brazil has warned the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Preparatory Committee (PrepCom). Only a small amount of the most sensitive nuclear material – highly-enriched uranium and… Read More Peaceful Uses NPT PrepCom Day Seven

Regional Issues: NPT PrepCom Day Five

By Tariq Rauf  VIENNA, 8 May 2017: The second week of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) opened to discussion of nuclear non-proliferation and regional issues, in the Middle East, North Korea and South Asia – “Cluster 2” issues. Indonesia, speaking on behalf of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) NPT member states, said nuclear disarmament… Read More Regional Issues: NPT PrepCom Day Five

Acrimony Out Moderation In NPT PrepCom Day Four

By Tariq Rauf VIENNA, 5 May 2017: A moderate tone has replaced the acrimony of the 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference as the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2020 review wrapped up its first week. Non-nuclear-weapon states calling for the prohibition of nuclear weapon – the ban treaty whose negotiations resume at the… Read More Acrimony Out Moderation In NPT PrepCom Day Four