2. All states, including those in NATO, shall sign, ratify, and within 10 years comply with the TPNW.

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Rapporteur: Yeshua Moser-Puangsuwan

Attainment of this Platform plank will require expanded and sustained civil society activism, as well as significant support from activist governments. An early goal supportive of this Platform plank is multiple ratifications of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons by non-nuclear weapon and non-NATO states. Once the Treaty comes into legal force, non-nuclear NATO states will be under additional pressure to reject the alliance’s nuclear umbrella.

Current Status

Fifty to 100 nuclear weapons, which would be less than one percent of the nuclear weapons in the world’s currently known arsenal, if used in a regional armed conflict, would cause an environmental catastrophe, massive immediate and long term death, and radically change existence, such as through global famine, for the survivors and civilization.(1)

The threat of use of nuclear weapons is assessed by, among many others, a core group of nuclear scientists who publish the annually updated Doomsday Clock, which, as its creators note, “has become a universally recognized indicator of the world’s vulnerability to catastrophe from nuclear weapons.”(2) As of 2018, the clock stood at two minutes to midnight, the most dangerous measure since 1953.

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Adele Buckley

(Could This Have Happened if Russia Had Adopted the Ban Treaty? Give us your thoughts.) Russia Says New Weapon Blew Up in Nuclear Accident Last Week https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-12/russian-says-small-nuclear-reactor-blew-up-in-deadly-accident By Jake Rudnitsky and Stepan Kravchenko August 12, 2019, Five Rosatom workers who died to be awarded high state honors Blast last week at missile test caused brief radiation spike The failed missile test that ended in an explosion killing five atomic scientists last week on Russia’s White Sea involved a small nuclear power source, according to a top official at the institute where they worked. The men “tragically died while testing a… Read more »

Howard Wells

I read someplace that the US had experimented with using a nuclear reactor to power missiles many years ago but had given up the idea as impractical or maybe they even said too risky. Does anyone know any facts about that? Or is it classified information?

Adam Wynne

Hi Howard – The project is called Project Pluto – which used a ramjet missile design. The missile had an unshielded reactor which super-heated air to generate thrust. The missile could spend months flying relatively low to the ground – causing huge swaths of irradiated land – as well as sounds loud enough to injure and seriously maim animals and humans that it flew over. From my understanding, it used to additionally have the potential for multiple warheads to be affixed to the ramjet itself. Molson Coors – the alcoholic brewing company – provided important ceramic insulation and other components… Read more »

Regina Hagen and Bev Delong

U.S.-based experts suspect Russia blast involved nuclear-powered missile
By Jonathan Landay . Reuters, Aug 8

Metta Spencer

Photo of the nuclear missile.

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Adam Wynne

This is alarming when you consider that Spain was almost irradiated when a plan carrying nuclear warheads crashed off the cost in 1966.

With thanks to John Hallam Note: Published on Abolition list in April. Russia nuclear warning: Satan 2 missile that can destroy size of ENGLAND close to launch 15Apr2019 https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1114363/russia-news-Satan-2-missile-world-war-3-hypersonic-ballistic-missile-USA Vladimir Putin is warning the West that the biggest beast in his fearsome military arsenal – known as Satan-2 – is close to deployment. Other deadly new-generation weapons – the Kinzhal hypersonic missile and the Peresvet laser system – have been put on “combat duty” already, he claimed. By WILL STEWART IN MOSCOW PUBLISHED: 09:23, Mon, Apr 15, 2019 | UPDATED: 09:33, Mon, Apr 15, 2019 0 The final tests involving… Read more »

Metta Spencer

Here’s Beatrice Fihn about to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for ICAN. She and Setsuko Thurlow gave the acceptance speech together.