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North Macedonia

Other non-nuclear-armed states

North Macedonia participated in the TPNW negotiations, but did not cast a vote on the adoption of the Treaty. North Macedonia has not yet adhered to the TPNW, but it currently maintains policies and practices that are compliant with all of the prohibitions in Article 1 of the Treaty and can therefore sign and ratify without making changes to existing practices or policies.

Latest developments and background

North Macedonia voted no on the UN General Assembly resolution in 2018. As of writing, North Macedonia was in the process of joining NATO, and if it does so without repudiating the retention and potential use of nuclear weapons on its behalf, it will be deemed to be encouraging assistance with acts prohibited by the TPNW and not in compliance with Art 1(1)(e).

Recommendations

  • North Macedonia should ensure that nuclear weapons do not have a role in its national defence plans and security policies. It should renounce the retention and potential use of nuclear weapons on its behalf, for instance through a declaratory statement, and refrain from endorsing future NATO statements in support of weapons of mass destruction.
  • North Macedonia should urgently sign and ratify the TPNW, and encourage other states to adhere to the Treaty, and until it is in a position to do so, it should - in line with its obligations under the NPT - welcome the TPNW as a valuable contribution towards the common aspiration of a world without nuclear weapons, attend its meetings of states parties as an observer, and work with its states parties on practical steps towards disarmament.
Signed
No
Adhered
No
Compliance with article 1(1) of the TPNW
Art 1(1)(a) The prohibition on developing, producing, manufacturing, or otherwise acquiring Compliant
The prohibition on testing Compliant
The prohibition on possessing or stockpiling Compliant
Art 1(1)(b) The prohibition on transferring Compliant
Art 1(1)(c) The prohibition on receiving transfer or control Compliant
Art 1(1)(d) The prohibition on using Compliant
The prohibition on threatening to use Compliant
Art 1(1)(e) The prohibition on assisting prohibited activities Compliant
The prohibition on encouraging or inducing prohibited activities Compliant
Art 1(1)(f) The prohibition on encouraging or inducing prohibited activities Compliant
Art 1(1)(g) The prohibition on allowing stationing, installation, or deployment Compliant
TPNW process
Vote on mandate resolution (A/RES/71/258) Voted yes
Participated in treaty negotiations (% women) Yes (50%)
Vote on adoption of treaty text Did not vote
Vote on UNGA resolution 2018 Voted no
Fissile material
Highly enriched uranium stocks No
Civilian plutonium stocks
Fissile material production No
Related treaties and mechanisms
Party to the NPT Yes
Party to a NWFZ No
Ratified the CTBT Yes
Party to the PTBT No
Member of the CD No (Observer)
IAEA CSA in force Yes
IAEA AP in force Yes
Party to the CWC Yes
Party to the BWC Yes