May 26, 2009
IRAN, ISRAEL, NORTH KOREA, WHO'S NEXT?
NUCLEAR TESTS CAUSE NUCLEAR STRESS
DO WE HAVE TO HAVE A REFRESHER COURSE ON HOW CLOSE WE CAME IN OCTOBER 1962 TO BLOWING UP THE WORLD. ALL IT WILL TAKE IS ONE MISSILE FIRED IN ANGER OR IN IGNORANCE WITH A NUCLEAR WARHEAD ON BOARD. DO NOT IGNORE IT, IT WILL NOT JUST GO AWAY, NEGOTIATE NOW AND REPEATEDLY TO RID THE WORLD OF THE THREAT OF ARMAGEDDON. I WAS LIVING IN WASHINGTON D.C. IN OCTOBER 1962, AND BELIEVE ME THE THOUGHT OF ONE MISSTEP BY AMERICA OR RUSSIA AT THAT MOMENT AND IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ALL OVER IMPRESSED ME DEEPLY. LET'S NOT GET THAT CLOSE AGAIN.
The number of nations that have pursued nuclear weapons research far surpasses the number with nuclear arms. Below is a look at some of the countries with atomic histories. Not shown are about 30 countries that have nuclear reactors but are thought to have never conducted bomb research.
COUNTRIES WITH WEAPONS
RECENT NUCLEAR ACTIVITY
Announced last week that it had conducted a nuclear test, joining the list of countries with nuclear arms.
Is suspected of pursuing weapons; faces possible sanctions from the U.N. Security Council for refusing to stop nuclear enrichment.
Conducted atomic research for many years; recently announced plans to pursue a nuclear power program.
Is the only country to give up weapons it had developed, completing dismantlement in 1991; recently announced plans to begin enriching uranium to meet energy demands.
Signed a bilateral agreement in 1991 to use nuclear energy peacefully; Brazil briefly raised concerns in 2004 when it denied International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors access to an enrichment plant.
Along with France and Canada, was considered one of the top proliferation threats by the United States in the 1950's.
Announced in 2003 that it would abandon its nuclear weapons program; centrifuges from Pakistan and highly enriched uranium were airlifted from the country in 2004.
Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan
Returned Weapons inherited after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Is suspected of pursing a weapons program in the 1960's; announced its intent after China's first nuclear test in 1964.
Had a small, low-priority weapons program before the end of World War II; national policy now prohibits possessing, introducing or manufacturing nuclear weapons.