Experts Say

This year's Nobel Peace Prize highlights Asia's nuclear headache

October 19, 2017
By Sreeram Chaulia

LONG WALK TO DISARMAMENT ICAN has tried to realize a United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, with 53 signatory countries so far. No existing nuclear power has recognized this treaty as beneficial. The nine nuclear "haves" wish to preserve their current arsenals while blocking other nations in a system of "nuclear apartheid." This phenomenon is laid bare in the denunciations and preventive actions by nuclear states whenever a new player conducts atomic tests. We saw it when India and Pakistan did so in 1998 and again since 2006 with North Korea.
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