The world is facing an upsurge of nuclear proliferation | Curio

The world is facing an upsurge of nuclear proliferation

8 mins | Feb 1, 2021

And to stop it, the nuclear powers need to act. "The nuclear omens are bad. Arms control between America and Russia, which saw cuts of 38,000 warheads — a 79% fall — in 1991-2010, has dwindled. On January 26th Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin agreed to extend the last remaining pact, the New start treaty, for five years. That is welcome, but prospects for a follow-on are dim. China, India, North Korea and Pakistan are all expanding and modernising their nuclear forces. There is dismal progress towards global disarmament, the ultimate aim of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the cornerstone of the nuclear order. A new treaty banning the bomb, which was signed by 86 countries and came into force on January 22nd, channels the frustration among nuclear have-nots. It accomplishes little else." The Economist analyses.

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