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A golden opportunity to turn the tide on nuclear arms

Delay of UN nonproliferation conference grants time to work out differences

Overview of the 2nd Preparatory session of the 2020 NPT Review Conference at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on April 23, 2018.   © Reuters

The monthlong conference to review the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty was set to open Monday at United Nations headquarters in New York, but the parties have decided to postpone the gathering owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

Plans call for reconvening "as soon as the circumstances permit," with participants having until next April to hold the conference. The delay is unfortunate, if inevitable. Considering that the talks were expected to be difficult, the additional time should be seen in a positive light.

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