This week, a UN conference will group 180 signatory nations of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), a treaty regarded as the only hope to avoid the disaster that is virtually guaranteed by the logics of nuclear weapons. However, according to Thomas Graham, a former US special representative for arms control, this Treaty has never been so weak as it is at present. Like other experts, Graham recognizes that the primary threat against the Treaty comes from the United States, though the other nuclear powers share the responsibility.
- In virtue of this Treaty, these nations should make efforts to reduce their nuclear arsenals. But the Bush administration tries to develop its own. The United States likewise denounces the protocol that accompanies the NPT. Earlier, the Bush administration had sent John Bolton to tell the Europeans that negotiations about enforcing a bio-weapons ban were over because they were not “in the best interest of the United States”. Why, then, should we be surprised by Bolton’s appointment as the US’s Ambassador to the United Nations?
According to Michael McGuire, NATO expert, the current system is leading us directly to a nuclear confrontation, an opinion that by Sam Nunn shares. The more the nations develop their arsenals, the greater the risks that they may use them even as a result of a misunderstanding.

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El Periodico (Spain)

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