Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | February 16, 2018

Summary of the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review

In an article in Lawfare, CTBTO Youth Group member Brenna Gautam summarizes the key takeaways from the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) and comments on the lowered threshold for employing nuclear weapons. She further makes a point of the 20 kiloton limit classifying nuclear weapons as low yield, a limit that also classifies the denotation in Hiroshima – with its 15 kiloton yield – as a low yield nuclear weapon.

On the United States’ position toward international treaties like the CTBT, Gautam reiterates that according to the NPR, although the U.S. does not seek to ratify the CTBT, it will not resume nuclear testing unless deemed necessary and it also calls on other nuclear weapon states to declare or maintain a moratorium on nuclear tests.

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