How the West Undermines Nuclear Non-Proliferation

Tasneem Jamal

Briefing 06-7

Ernie Regehr

While the United Nations Security Council struggles to achieve the verifiable disavowal of nuclear weapons by Iran and North Korea, Europe and North America are busy championing nuclear weapons as indispensable to their security and as the preeminent symbol of prestige and strategic gravitas in the international community. The result is a political climate that is increasingly hostile to nonproliferation.

Hans Blix and his Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission (2006, 60) warned against this kind of selective non-proliferation. Proliferation will not be successfully curbed if the international community’s strategy is based on “the suggestion that nuclear
weapons in the hands of some pose no threat, while in the hands of others they place the world in mortal jeopardy.

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