A good article and hurrah for the Marshall Islands!
One thing, though. When I read the following, I thought, oops, maybe I do not understand Article VI of the NPT:
"Please read it again, slowly, understanding that 190 nations have
signed onto these words: “a treaty on general and complete (nuclear)
It was the addition of the word “nuclear” in parens that threw me. It seems to suggest that “general and complete disarmament” meant only general and complete nuclear disarmament.
My researches cleared up my confusion. General and complete disarmament (GCD) is a phrase that was known and is very much still known to mean both a complete end to WMD and a reduction of conventional arms to the point where they are usable only for internal security and to supply forces for the use of the UN.
To me it is very important that the NPT calls for negotiations in good faith not just on nuclear disarmament but also on general and complete disarmament. My reading of the world situation is that GCD and ND have to go hand in hand, and this reality does not get a lot of print. I wish it did!