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Friday, April 12, 2013

Is This The Time To Draw-Down U.S. Nukes?

This is the type of atomic bomb exploded over Nagasaki, Japan, in World War II, the Atomic Energy Commission and Defense Department said in releasing this photo in Washington, December 6, 1960. (AP)

This is the type of atomic bomb exploded over Nagasaki, Japan, in World War II, the Atomic Energy Commission and Defense Department said in releasing this photo in Washington, December 6, 1960. (AP)

North Korea is threatening nuclear strikes against the U.S. and its allies.

There’s concern that it may soon be able to “miniaturize” a nuclear bomb onto a missile.

Is this the right time to be talking about reducing the number of nuclear weapons in the world?

Foreign policy analyst C. Raja Mohan – who also has a master’s degree in nuclear physics – wrote in an opinion piece for the Indian press that both conservatives and liberals have “whipped themselves into a frenzy” about the dangers of nuclear proliferation.

He argues that a policy of containment would work better than trying to roll back its nuclear program.

Ira Lechner, chairman of the advocacy group Council for a Livable World, says the threats from North Korea only highlight the need to draw down nuclear arsenals – and to collect leftover nuclear material, mainly in the former Soviet Union, which could get into the hands of terrorists.

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