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Gabriel calls for new disarmament initiative 

Foreign Minister Gabriel: rearmament cannot be the only answer.

Foreign Minister Gabriel: rearmament cannot be the only answer., © Florian Gaertner/photothek.net

06.02.2018 - Article

Foreign Minister Gabriel has warned against a new arms race. He said that Europe urgently needed to take the initiative in striving for more disarmament and arms control. 

The US administration has published a new nuclear strategy which includes the development of new nuclear weapons with low-yield explosives. With this project, the United States is responding to a threat that is continuing to escalate throughout the world.

Changed security situation

Changed security situation: With its annexation of Crimea in violation of international law, Russia destroyed trust between the East and the West.
Changed security situation: With its annexation of Crimea in violation of international law, Russia destroyed trust between the East and the West. © TASS

With its annexation of Crimea in violation of international law, Russia destroyed the trust that had been built up between the East and the West over the course of decades. International observers can see numerous indications that Russia is not only increasing its arsenal of conventional weapons on a massive scale but is also building new nuclear weapons. China, too, is investing in more modern nuclear warheads. The regime in North Korea has even pushed the region to the brink of war with its missile and nuclear programme. 

Rearmement cannot be the only answer

At the Federal Foreign Office, the fear is that these developments will escalate into a new global arms race. “Together with our allies we need to find answers which do not only involve starting down the path of nuclear rearmament,” Gabriel stated. He said that greater security should be achieved not through new weapons systems but through new disarmament initiatives. In the international arena, the Federal Government is therefore working actively to ensure that existing arms control treaties are strictly observed. For in order for nuclear arsenals worldwide to actually be reduced, it is above all vital to rebuild mutual trust. In the long term, Germany is pursuing the goal of a world without nuclear weapons. 

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