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7.2.1 Implications for Governments

  1. Governments are under an urgent obligation to carry out by all available means the requirements of international law as specified above, especially the governments of nuclear weapons states; above all, the United States and the Soviet Union;
  2. Governments should, in particular, initiate plans for national security that do not depend on any unlawful threat or use of nuclear weapons;
  3. Governments of non-nuclear weapons states have a particular obligation to their citizenry to pursue all lawful and political, means available in international society, including recourse to the International Court of Justice, to secure compliance with international law; governments that opt for a policy of permanent neutrality have special legal standing to take action against plans and preparations for nuclear war.

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