America’s nuclear non-proliferation policy is a disaster

The US is the leader in the world for propagating nuclear weapons.


atomic-bomb-lAmerica’s disastrous nuclear non-proliferation policy:   By Ira Helfand

Starting this week, the states who are party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, NPT, will gather at the United Nations for their five year review conference to assess whether the treaty is meeting its goals. The US has long viewed this treaty as a key bulwark against the spread of nuclear weapons to other countries. Since it was adopted 45 years ago, three nations which never signed the Treaty have developed nuclear weapons and one country that did sign has withdrawn and built a small nuclear arsenal, but we have not seen the wholesale spread of nuclear weapons that many feared when the NPT was negotiated in the late 1960’s.

Now the US government is worried that the NPT regime could fall apart. While the NPT sought to keep states which did not have nuclear weapons from acquiring them, it…

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