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Nuclear Race

Updated on October 1, 2017

Nuclear Race

North Korean aggressive launching of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) with nuclear and hydrogen warheads, is of concerns to the US, its allies and all peace-loving people on this planet. The nuclear arms race started during the cold war, has enabled the United States and the Soviet Union to develop nuclear weapons of mass destruction and consequently, US was the first and the only country to use the nuclear devices on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II, to compel Japan to surrender. The outcome was horrific; not only the two cities were destroyed but, more than 100 thousand people perished during the initial blast and many thousands of others died due to exposure to nuclear radiation.

Use of nuclear weapon as a result of a military confrontation between North Korea (NK) and the USA will have severe consequences and catastrophic in nature, posing threat to the people of both sides. Total abolition of all nuclear weapon is required to safeguard humanity on this planet. Though thousands of nuclear weapons have been dismantled since the end of cold war, still few countries have stockpiles of nuclear weapons and want to retain these weapons, justifying their superiority and need for destroying extraterritorial objects or meteoroids heading towards Earth. All nuclear countries are trying to keep these nukes under the misguided idea of “nuclear deterrence”, however, there is no justification for the nuclear states to retain their stock and advocate other countries, not to acquire nuclear weapons.

North Korea has become a nuclear country while Iran is striving hard to achieve the same status. The United States and its allies are opposing their ambitions on the basis that they may destroy the humanity. It is an utter hypocrisy to compel other countries through sanctions and other means, not to acquire nuclear arsenals but not willing to destroy their own stockpiles. The irony of the situation is that most of the countries are vocal in demanding total nuclear abolition to justify a nuclear-free world.

I fail to understand, what gives, right to the designated nuclear weapon states (China, France, Russian Federation, UK, US, India, Pakistan and NATO weapon sharing countries) to retain their nuclear weapons and deny the same right to other countries, who want to pursue and acquire the same for nuclear deterrence. Not only is that the nuclear states are spending billions of dollars on updating, modernizing and expanding their weapons system. Both North Korea and Iran are sovereign states and have the right to manage their self-defense.

This nuclear race may come to an end if there is no nuclear state on this planet and if so all those who are pursuing their nuclear ambition may abolish their program and this planet may become a nuclear-free zone for all people to live in peace and harmony.

Mohammad Ashraf

27 Bluemeadow Road,

Winnipeg. MB. Canada.

© 2017 mohdashraf


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