Argument: A binding nuclear ban treaty could work

Issue Report: Abolition of nuclear weapons


  • Frederick N. Mattis. “Nine Points For Abolishing Nuclear Weapons”. July/August 1997 – “3. The treaty should not permit withdrawal by any state. If withdrawal is permitted-as it is with the current NPT-then a state could destroy the worldwide ban on nuclear weapons by withdrawing and creating a domino effect. With the tremendous geopolitical force of an unanimously signed treaty, the chance of a treaty “break-out” would be almost infinitesimal. A treaty violator would face serious consequences from all other states.”