Your Views: How many more nuclear bombs will make us safe?

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Soon-to-be President Trump recently said in one of his tweets that we need to expand our nuclear capability. He has also said that our agreement with Iran to get rid of their nuclear weapons should be overturned.

According to a report from the U.S. State Department from November, the U.S. currently has 1,367 nuclear weapons deployed and 4,571 stockpiled, while 2,500 are no longer in the stockpile but remain intact as they wait for dismemberment.

According to this report, the world’s nuclear-armed states possess a combined total of 15,500 nuclear warheads. More than 90 percent of these belong to the U.S and Russia. Approximately 10,000 warheads are waiting to be dismembered.

The U.S. representative at the 64th UN General Assembly on nuclear disarmament said, “Just one nuclear weapon exploded in one major city could kill hundreds of thousands and destabilize society, economies and ways of life, and halting their spread and preventing nuclear terrorism should be a shared responsibility because no single nation, no matter how powerful, could do that alone.” I hope soon-to-be President Trump understands that.

Progress means moving forward, according to my online dictionary. In the case of nuclear weapons, making more of them is a step backward, not a step forward.









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