Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Critical Mass for Fewer Nukes

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Critical Mass for Fewer Nukes

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An old axiom of nuclear arms control goes like this: If you are a wolf in a wolf pack, it's difficult to be the first to turn into a sheep.

In other words, if you want to defang yourself, it's best to have others defang along with you.

That logic lies behind the joint affirmation by all five nuclear powers on the Security Council to make an "unequivocal undertaking" to eliminate their nuclear arsenals.

Such a statement is a first for the world's original nuclear "wolves" - the United States, Russia, Britain, France, and China. It was made at a conference, which ended Saturday, designed to reset the global disarmament agenda among the 187 countries who have signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT).

The statement only commits the nuclear powers to try even harder to rid the world of the most dangerous weapon of mass destruction. No timetable was set to achieve this "ultimate goal." Still, it's a significant step toward rethinking global security and what makes nations feel safe. …

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