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Coming together to save NPT right now

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By Tuya Nyamosor

These days the world is consumed by worry and concern related to the global COVID-19 outbreak. In due time, one would wish to see a more encouraging outcome than the one recorded with relation to that other threat to human life and the security of nations which is nuclear weapons.

As it stands, on the 75 years of their existence nuclear weapons continue to pose the ultimate threat to the world, and the treaty-based responses devised over the years to curb and eliminate that threat are falling victim to great power competition.

If and when the pandemic is fully overcome, the world emerging from it will have witnessed a paradigm shift whereby the Sino-U.S. rivalry will be shaping the debate and structuring politics and economics.

This future fight shapes up to be more about achieving and expanding one's technological superiority including military modernization as an instrument of power and less about attaining ideological domination.

Regardless of whether the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) gets to be extended or is allowed to expire, the grand Russo-U.S. arms control measures, a fixture of the past several decades of disarmament, will probably become a thing of the past ― until a realization comes, amid or after a period of volatility, that to avert a terrible catastrophe new bargains involving and accommodating multiple actors and........

© The Korea Times