This publication highlights a possible arrangement for verifying the removal of nuclear warheads from delivery vehicles or launchers, and the withdrawal of nuclear bombs and warheads from States, territories and operational military bases. These activities, which have long been conducted as a part of nuclear arms control and disarmament measures are meaningful steps that can pave the way for the elimination of nuclear warheads. An agreed procedure that allows the removal of nuclear weapons to be verified would be a valuable additional disarmament tool and may help create conditions for more comprehensive disarmament measures.

Citation: Pavel Podvig, Ryan Snyder and Wilfred Wan (2018) "Evidence of absence: Verifying the Removal of Nuclear Weapons", UNIDIR, Geneva.