Foreign Minister Heiko Maas issued the following statement today (1 July) to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty on the Non‑Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in London, Moscow and Washington on 1 July 1968:
Disarmament and arms control are not a passing fad; they are a matter of survival, especially for us in Europe.
Exactly 50 years ago today, a cornerstone of our security architecture was laid. The Non‑Proliferation Treaty (NPT) has made our world a safer and more peaceful place. It has successfully stopped the worldwide proliferation of nuclear weapons.
This treaty is under ever greater pressure today. We see proliferation risks such as that in North Korea and we see that nuclear armament has become more attractive again.
Particularly in a world which now seems unregulated and in which treaties are being broken, we have to fight to uphold instruments such as this. We will continue to work to ensure that the Non‑Proliferation Treaty is strengthened and further developed.