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Indonesia urges P5 to respect NPT commitment

  • Tama Salim

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 14 2017   /  02:00 am

Indonesia has underscored the importance of implementing the three main pillars of the long-standing Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in equal measure, as state parties prepare for the treaty’s next review in 2020.

The NPT premise is that non-nuclear-weapon states agree never to acquire nuclear weapons, while in exchange nuclear-weapon states agree to share the benefits of peaceful nuclear technology and to pursue nuclear disarmament aimed at the ultimate elimination of their nuclear arsenals.

But critics have accused nuclear-weapon states, which are also the five permanent members ( P5 ) of the United Nations Security Council, of primarily focusing on the non-proliferation element, choosing to stockpile nuclear warheads in order to keep in check the emergence of new nuclear powers.

As such, Indonesia and many other state parties to the NPT stand to lose out ...