Nuclear Weapons and Politics

As long as some states have nuclear weapons, others will want to acquire their own. Both the Blix Commission and the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed that disarmament is the main way to curb the spread of nuclear weapons.

There is currently no agreement prohibiting nuclear weapons. However, nuclear weapons are regulated in several ways through a variety of contract and there are suggestions for further agreements.

In the international framework agreements can not in itself prevent any state from violating them. Then agreements contribute to and strengthen international standards will be much harder to violate these agreements.

But with the legally binding agreement prohibiting such as chemical weapons and cluster munitions, it has become very difficult to get hold of these weapons. When states and the arms industry can no longer act with a certain type of weapon reduces the availability significantly.

For the control of nuclear weapons is in addition to bilateral disarmament treaties, the Non Proliferation Treaty, two nuclear test ban treaties, agreement on nuclear materials, nuclear-free zones and nuclear weapons states’ nuclear doctrines.


Last update: January 22, 2015