TITLE

Take nuclear weapons into custody

AUTHOR(S)
Smith, Gerard C.
PUB. DATE
December 1990
SOURCE
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists;Dec1990, Vol. 46 Issue 10, p12
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Editorial
ABSTRACT
Highlights the urgent need for a multilateral approach to nuclear arms control. The current crisis in the Middle East highlights the urgency of confronting the danger of the spread of nuclear weapons: Iraq, a country which has been trying to obtain nuclear weapons, has engaged in open aggression. To understand the grave threat nuclear proliferation poses to world security, one need only ask what the situation would be if Iraq had already succeeded in going nuclear. Many nations that have agreed not to acquire nuclear weapons in accordance with the treaty believe that nuclear weapons states have failed to carry out their part of the treaty bargain, which is to get on with nuclear disarmament. The best known is the post-war Baruch Plan, in which the United States proposed a U.N. regime to ban atomic weapons and establish international management of dangerous atomic activities. The only question is whether the nuclear powers will accept controls on their nuclear freedom before or after nuclear weapons have once again been used in war.
ACCESSION #
9101213538

 

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