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Nuclear Treaty Turns 40

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Posted on Jul 1, 2008
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Four decades ago, officials from countries around the world signed the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), pledging to bring the spread of those weapons to a halt. The treaty also pledged the signatories that possessed said weapons at the time—such as the United States—to get rid of their nuclear arms. So, how have the now 189 countries who eventually signed the NPT done in progressing toward this long-term goal?

Tad Daley in The Huffington Post:

The Bush Administration has concentrated enormous diplomatic firepower on keeping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, and on persuading North Korea to give up the nuclear weapons—even if few and small and unreliable—that most experts believe it constructed as early as 2002.

Indeed, it has not hesitated to rattle its military sword and even its nuclear sword, by incessantly repeating the mantra—as the president did in Europe regarding Iran just last month—“all options are on the table.”

At the same time, however, the Administration is proceeding to build something called a “reliable replacement warhead,” that will eventually replace every nuclear warhead category in the U.S. arsenal. And during its very first year in office, in its “Nuclear Posture Review,” it set in motion plans to deploy a new generation of long-range missiles to deliver nuclear weapons in 2020, a new submarine to deliver nuclear weapons in 2030, and a new long-range heavy bomber to deliver nuclear weapons in 2040.

Just in time for the centennial, in 2045, of the dawn of the atomic age.

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By Pacrat, July 2, 2008 at 2:12 pm Link to this comment
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By all means, let’s let those with WMOs not allow any other nation into the magic circle of haves who want to keep their power in the world.

Makes no difference if a country wants to use nuclear power for generating electricity or not - let’s just let the biggies continue and the poorer and smaller countries be frustrate, angry, and antagonistic.

Any country that wants to use nuclear power for peaceful purposes be damned!

So, how many nuclear war heads do the US and other nations have - and did they curtail any development. Is there any proof that there was some curtailment? Who says so?

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By skulz fontaine, July 2, 2008 at 7:28 am Link to this comment

Nothing says ‘livin in the USA’ like nuclear Wheaties! Say, what about the nukes that Israel has? Why, Iran (those nasty nuclear posers anyway) is signatory to the NPT. Israel is NOT! India is not and I believe that Pakistan is NOT! Say, maybe we could get the NRA to champion the right to “keep and bear nukes?” They could change their mantra to “you can have my nuke when you can pry it from my hot radioactive hand!” Yeah, when they outlaw nukes only outlaws will have nukes! Hmmm, kind of like Israel.

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