Joint Statement of the Leaders of the Five Nuclear-Weapon States: Austria's Foreign Minister Calls for Concrete Action

PeopleDiplomats ♦ Published: January 10, 2022; 23:47 ♦ (Vindobona)

"We finally need concrete progress towards nuclear disarmament according to the obligations of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, but unfortunately the development is going in the wrong direction", says Alexander Schallenberg.

Joint Statement: "China, France, Russia, the UK and the USA consider the avoidance of war between Nuclear-Weapon States and the reduction of strategic risks as our foremost responsibilities." / Picture: © Wikimedia Commons / United States Department of Energy [Public Domain]

I welcome the Joint Statement by the five recognised Nuclear-Weapon States, namely China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States, affirming that a nuclear conflict cannot be won, and must never be fought under any circumstances, Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg said. He stressed that “in a period of heightened geopolitical tensions, this statement is particularly important.”