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The Department of Defense would like nothing better than the total elimination of all nuclear weapons in the world, said the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.

Colin H. Kahl spoke virtually today at the United Nations Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in New York.

However, the current security environment is more difficult than at any time since the end of the Cold War and arguably more complex, as many challenges impact progress towards achieving the aspirations of the Treaty. of non-proliferation, he said.

The NPT is an international treaty whose purpose is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament.

Kahl mentioned some of the obstacles to eliminating all nuclear weapons.

Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and its irresponsible nuclear rhetoric.

China’s rapid expansion, modernization and diversification of its nuclear weapons capabilities as well as its slashing this week in the Taiwan Strait.

Iran’s refusal to resolve the concerns of the International Atomic Energy Agency and return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

North Korea’s possible preparations to conduct another nuclear test and its steady stream of missile tests.

Nuclear deterrence and transparency, communication and dialogue are recognized as equally important factors in reducing the risk of nuclear war, he said.

“This balanced approach recognizes that nuclear deterrence is not mutually exclusive in strengthening arms control, promoting strategic stability and working towards a world without nuclear weapons,” he added.

“Even as we continue the important work of providing safe, secure, and effective nuclear deterrence, the United States remains committed to the goals of the NPT,” he said.

In March of this year, the DOD released its National Defense Strategy and Nuclear Posture Review in classified form to Congress.

Kahl said the unclassified versions of the NDS and NPR should be made public in the near future.

Some highlights from the soon-to-be-released NPR, he said, are:

A commitment to nuclear modernization with the goals of safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrence to protect the homeland, allies and partners.

Take action to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in the world with a commitment to arms control, risk reduction and strategic stability.

Seeking a new integrated approach to deterrence that operates seamlessly across all domains and theaters of war and enhances security with non-nuclear capabilities.

A commitment to reduce risk through mutually verifiable arms control agreements, including compliance with all obligations.

Recognizing a continued commitment to discussions among the major nuclear powers on ways to maintain and enhance strategic stability and reduce the risk of nuclear war.

“Despite the challenges of the current security environment, the United States will continue to pursue engagement with other nuclear-weapon states to the extent possible to reduce nuclear risks, and we will do so with realistic expectations. “, did he declare.

“The United States wholeheartedly recognizes and reaffirms that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought,” he said. “We encourage nuclear-weapon states to engage with the United States on risk reduction measures and to provide transparency on nuclear posture and doctrine.”

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