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The obligation to eliminate nuclear weapons

All of the nine nuclear-armed states remain unwilling to adhere to, or even engage constructively with, the TPNW. Their conduct in 2021 was manifestly incompatible with the Treaty’s obligation to eliminate nuclear weapons. The Nuclear Weapons Ban Monitor estimates that a few hundred retired, older nuclear warheads were dismantled in Russia and the United States during the course of the year. However, no warheads were dismantled as part of a coherent plan to ultimately eliminate nuclear weapons.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (left) and US President Joe Biden shake hands before their first  meeting, at Villa La Grange in Geneva, 16 June 2021.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (left) and US President Joe Biden shake hands before their first meeting, at Villa La Grange in Geneva, 16 June 2021. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/NTB
ARTICLE 4(1), (2), AND (6) – INTERPRETATION
Global inventory of nuclear warheads compared with global usable stockpiles of nuclear warheads
Global inventory of nuclear warheads compared with global usable stockpiles of nuclear warheads