Friday, February 2, 2007

Four foreign policy heavy weights check in

Four foreign policy heavyweights have checked in on nonproliferation issues and say that a world free of nuclear weapons would be a good idea. Writing in the Wall Street Journal for January 4, 2007, George P. Shultz, William J. Perry, Henry A. Kissinger, and Sam Nunn argue that US leadership is needed to "reverse reliance on nuclear weapons . . . and prevent their proliferation into potentially dangerous hands."

Briefly, these experts in nuclear weapons proposed an eight-point action plan.
  • Reduce the size of nuclear forces
  • Eliminate short-range nuclear weapons
  • Strengthen support for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty
  • Secure nuclear weapons materials from theft
  • Establish global controls on uranium enrichment processes
  • Halt production of weapons grade fissile materials
  • Resolve regional political conflicts that impel nations to seek nuclear weapons
The article cites President Dwight D. Eisenhower's famous "Atoms for Peace" address to the United Nations and quote President John F. Kennedy who said this about nuclear weapons. "The world is not meant to be a prision in which man awaits his execution."

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