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Madrid (dpa): Germany and 15 other countries have asked the nuclear powers to specify steps towards disarmament. At a conference of the so-called Stockholm Initiative in Madrid, Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and the rest of the participants welcomed the US-Russian arms control talks at the Geneva summit . In a statement, however, they simultaneously urged the nine states armed with nuclear warheads to take “significant steps” to fulfill their obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

“It is possible to return to nuclear disarmament. Above all, however, it is also urgent,” Maas said. After the meeting between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin almost three weeks ago, he said now was “the right time to propose very concrete measures”. The 16 states of the Stockholm Initiative have no nuclear weapons. Alongside Germany, Spain and Sweden, there are countries that have joined the group, which has been working for nuclear disarmament since 2019, including Japan, Canada and Argentina.

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