chapter  3
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In favor of “effective” and “non- discriminatory” non- dissemination policy: the FRG and the NPT negotiation process (1962–1966)


Therefore, this chapter focuses on the early stage. First, it briefly reviews and offers an explanation for West Germany’s ambitions in terms of the nuclear sphere of security policy since the mid-1950s. Second, it discusses how governments in Bonn perceived nonproliferation policy and the nascent nonproliferation regime in light of West German nuclear policy. Third, it inquires why Bonn proposed an almost forgotten NPT counter-scheme in early 1966 and how this proposal fitted to Bonn’s nuclear policy. Finally, it explains why and to what extent West Germany’s nuclear policy was transformed in late 1966.