NPT Review Conference Postponed Again Amid Covid Upsurge

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The 10th Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference (RevCon) scheduled to start in New York on Jan. 4 has once again been postponed due to an upsurge in Covid-19 cases. President-delegate Gustavo Zlauvinen informed NPT member states Dec. 30 that he had requested the UN hold open space for the meeting to take place Aug. 1-26, after the UN informed him that a rise in Covid-19 cases in New York had made it impossible for the UN to support an in-person conference in January. This is the fourth postponement since March 2020, when Covid-19 cases began to spike in the US. Former senior IAEA official Tariq Rauf argues that the RevCon should be held in another non-nuclear weapons state in April-May or written off altogether. That would allow planners to "leapfrog to the 11th review conference to be held as scheduled in 2025 but in Vienna (Austria) and not in New York."

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