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3 Jan. 2022 19:17

Russia, the US, China, France and the UK reiterated in a published joint statement that their nuclear weapons are not directed at each other. In addition, they formulated their commitment to the obligations from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

In a joint statement posted on Monday and posted on the Kremlin and White House websites, the first paragraph reads: “France, the People’s Republic of China, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America consider avoiding war between nuclear-armed states and reducing strategic risks as our most important task.

“A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be waged.”

The following text can be read in the communiqué:

“We affirm that nuclear war cannot be won and must never be waged. Since the use of nuclear weapons would have far-reaching consequences, we also reaffirm that nuclear weapons – as long as they exist – should serve defense, deter aggression and prevent war. We firmly believe that the further spread of such weapons must be prevented. “

The published text also states: “We intend to maintain and further strengthen our national measures to prevent the unauthorized or accidental use of nuclear weapons. We reaffirm the validity of our previous nuclear defuse declarations and reaffirm that none of our nuclear weapons are mutually exclusive directed against another state. “

The nuclear powers stressed their common concern “to work with all states to create a security environment conducive to progress in disarmament, with the ultimate goal of a world without nuclear weapons with undiminished security for all”.

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They also pledged to “continue to seek bilateral and multilateral diplomatic approaches in order to avoid military confrontations, strengthen stability and predictability, improve mutual understanding and trust, and prevent an arms race that would benefit no one and endanger everyone.” .

The nuclear powers, also known as P5, are not the only countries in the world with nuclear weapons. Both India and Pakistan both have nuclear weapons. It is widely believed that Israel also has a nuclear arsenal. North Korea is said to have carried out appropriate tests. The United States, the United Kingdom and Australia signed a pact called AUKUS last year, which aims to equip Australia with nuclear-powered but conventionally armed submarines. According to expert estimates from 2016, ten to 20 US nuclear warheads are still stored at the Büchel Air Base in the Eifel (Rhineland-Palatinate).

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