23 May Yet Another Rejection to Ban Nuclear Weapons
Nuclear nations, including the U.S., have boycotted a United Nations nuclear weapons disarmament panel crafting a proposed global treaty. The argument for the boycott is the assertion that the threat of retaliation is the best deterrence.
The treaty effort is supported by at least 120 countries. Those in opposition, including the United States, are Britain, France, China, Russia, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel. The question remains, what do we do as a global community about nuclear weapons?
As noted by The National Center for Atmospheric Research, “…a very small regional war on the other side of the planet could disrupt global climate for at least a decade and wipe out the ozone layer.”
Source: Gladstone, Rick, Draft of Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons Is Released By United Nations Panel, New York Times, May 23, 2017