Turkey

Nuclear-weapon endorser: hosts nuclear weapons on its territory

Hosts 50 US nuclear weapons

Has not yet joined the TPNW

Summary

Turkey has not yet signed or ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

 

Nuclear weapons in Turkey

Turkey is one of five members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) to host US nuclear weapons on its territory as part of a nuclear-sharing agreement. The Turkish air force is assigned approximately 50 B61 nuclear bombs, which are deployed at Incirlik Air Base.

Turkey supports the retention and potential use of nuclear weapons on its behalf, as indicated by its endorsement of various alliance statements.

 

National position

Turkey has consistently voted against an annual UN General Assembly resolution since 2018 that welcomes the adoption of the treaty and calls upon all states to sign, ratify, or accede to it “at the earliest possible date”.

 

Political developments

The former Turkish defence minister Hikmet Sami Türk was among the signatories to an open letter in September 2020 calling on current leaders to “show courage and boldness – and join the treaty”.

 

Treaty negotiations

Turkey did not participate in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and thus did not vote on its adoption. On the opening day of the negotiating conference, it joined the United States and several other states in protesting the treaty-making process.

In 2016, Turkey voted against the UN General Assembly resolution that established the formal mandate for states to commence negotiations on “a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination”.

In a document sent to NATO members ahead of the vote, the United States “strongly encourage[d]” members, including Turkey, to vote against the resolution, “not to merely abstain”. In addition, it said that, if the treaty negotiations do commence, allies and partners should “refrain from joining them”.

Nuclear-weapon endorser: hosts nuclear weapons on its territory

Hosts 50 US nuclear weapons

Has not yet joined the TPNW

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Summary

Turkey has not yet signed or ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

 

Nuclear weapons in Turkey

Turkey is one of five members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) to host US nuclear weapons on its territory as part of a nuclear-sharing agreement. The Turkish air force is assigned approximately 50 B61 nuclear bombs, which are deployed at Incirlik Air Base.

Turkey supports the retention and potential use of nuclear weapons on its behalf, as indicated by its endorsement of various alliance statements.

 

National position

Turkey has consistently voted against an annual UN General Assembly resolution since 2018 that welcomes the adoption of the treaty and calls upon all states to sign, ratify, or accede to it “at the earliest possible date”.

 

Political developments

The former Turkish defence minister Hikmet Sami Türk was among the signatories to an open letter in September 2020 calling on current leaders to “show courage and boldness – and join the treaty”.

 

Treaty negotiations

Turkey did not participate in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and thus did not vote on its adoption. On the opening day of the negotiating conference, it joined the United States and several other states in protesting the treaty-making process.

In 2016, Turkey voted against the UN General Assembly resolution that established the formal mandate for states to commence negotiations on “a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination”.

In a document sent to NATO members ahead of the vote, the United States “strongly encourage[d]” members, including Turkey, to vote against the resolution, “not to merely abstain”. In addition, it said that, if the treaty negotiations do commence, allies and partners should “refrain from joining them”.

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