1 Nuclear weapons, along with biological (Biological Weapons and Warfare) and chemical weapons (Chemical Weapons and Warfare), are one of the three categories of weapons of mass destruction, as opposed to conventional weapons. Due to their devastating effects on the one hand and their strategic importance on the other (see paras 2–13 below), treaties with a view to their reduction are both desirable and difficult to achieve (see paras 14–28 below). Given that specific rules as to their actual use that are binding on all States (but see para. 27 below) do not...
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