Federal government continues to reject nuclear weapons ban treaty

KShortly before the United Nations ban on nuclear weapons came into force, the federal government again refused to join the treaty. In an answer to a request from the left-wing parliamentary group in the Bundestag, the Federal Foreign Office affirmed that it considers the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which has existed for more than 50 years, to be the more effective instrument for taking concrete disarmament steps. The new contract results in a subordination of existing obligations. “From the point of view of the Federal Government, this can lead to a fragmentation and a real weakening of international disarmament efforts in the nuclear field”, states the State Secretary Antje Leendertse’s letter.

The Scientific Services of the Bundestag come to a different conclusion in an opinion commissioned by Left MP Sevim Dagdelen. The two contracts are “not legally contradicting each other,” it says. The legal “update” consists primarily in the fact that the nuclear weapons ban treaty “contains concrete disarmament obligations and delegitimizes the strategy of nuclear deterrence”. For Dagdelen, the main arguments of the federal government are refuted.

The UN treaty was adopted in 2017 by 122 of the 193 member states of the United Nations. It comes into force on Friday because more than 50 states have ratified it. However, the treaty is rejected by all nuclear powers and all NATO states, including Germany. It remains ineffective, at least as far as concrete disarmament steps are concerned.

Incomprehension at the United Nations

The harsh rejection of the new treaty is also followed with incomprehension at the United Nations in New York. “States that do not intend to accede to the treaty should respect the justified fears and all efforts made in good faith to achieve nuclear disarmament,” urges the spokesman for UN Secretary General António Guterres, Stéphane Dujarric, also in the direction of NATO. States.

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