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The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty of 1968, signed by 189 countries (but not India, Israel, Pakistan and North Korea) has been a dismal failure. Its objective is to limit the spread of nuclear weapons, but at the same time the nuclear powers agreed to reduce their stockpiles (which they have failed to do).

Negotiations to stop North Korea’s nuclear programme have been long and painful, without a guaranteed success. No progress has been made with Iran. Who next?

It is clearly time to think again.

Henry Kissinger, Sam Nunn, William Perry and George Schultz – a who’s who of the US national security establishment – are calling on the US to lead a global campaign to devalue and eventually rid the world of nuclear weapons. These two Democrats and two Republicans are not known utopians. However, one can imagine the interminable negotiations haggling over complex detail.

The atmosphere has to be changed by showing the idea is achievable. The trouble in negotiations is to agree which weapons should be destroyed. Russia and the US each have more than 20 000 nuclear weapons. They should simply agree that each will destroy 5 000 of its own choosing. They will be the least useful but this does not matter as it is a first ‘psychological’ step No negotiation is needed and the only issue is verification.

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  1. The Iranians are working towards nuclear weapons. Can you blame them?

    It is a defensive move. and a wise one at that.

    Notice that the only two nations that stand up to U.S. Imperialism are North Korea, and Pakistan. What do they have in common?
    They have nukes.

    Nuclear Proliferation will restore justice and peace to our world. It will make our nation stop bullying the world. We should support Nuclear Proliferation!

    Nuclear weapons make war obsolete because they make victory impossible. It was mutually assured destruction that kept the peace between the Soviet Union and the United States. The peace lasted for decades.

    It is bigotry to think that a hereditary Islamic theocracy couldn’t grasp the concept of mutually assured destruction. When both parties have nuclear weapons it is suicide to attack. Governments want to stay in power,, they don’t want to be incinerated.
    What government would ever order a suicide attack?

    The United States needs to step aside and allow the natural spread of nuclear technology. Technology throughout history has always spread. Gunpowder started in China, which was the most powerful, most advanced, and wealthiest nation on earth at the time. Now,, everyone has gunpowder. The most isolated illiterate tribesman carrys an automatic rifle when they go to war.

    In the future, every Mullah, Generalismo, and War Lord will have access to nuclear weapons. All of them will be able to unleash an atomic fireball, but all of them will know that the same thing will come back at them. As rational beings that will realize this is unthinkable.

    Once everyone who wants an atomic bomb has one,, Peace will prevail!

    Support Iran’s nuclear program. Support Nuclear Proliferation. Help bring forth the new age of Atomic Peace

  2. The Shadow Foreign Secretary of the UK admits that the rationale for Iran’s nuclear weapons has little to do with the nuclear programmes of the UK or US. It has far more to do with the fact that Iran is bordered by superior military forces on all sides, not to mention the unofficial nuclear power of Israel who have no qualms about using military strikes on their neighbours. The UK may as well get rid of their nuclear warheads if they are using Iran as an excuse for deterrence. Nobody needs even one nuclear warhead – they can kill 100,000 people and that will always include civilians.

  3. Nuclear, for now, nobody will argue – should be stopped. In past, the weapons didn’t contain such a destructive power. Nuclear can delet a city in minute. THerefore, poeple’s concsiusness should be reasonable and rational, morover, very vise to conditions we have. Remember Cold War!
    The world now slightly is moving to negotiations, creations of EU, NATO, UN and etc – is the plot to cooperate.
    Now it can sound utopian, but i believe, very soon the weapon be used in World peace keeping from unified organization of all countires.
    Thank to author of raising this theme.

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