Category: Nuclear Weapons

President Trump cancels diplomatic trip to North Korea, blaming everyone else

Blaming North Korea and China rather than his premature announcement in June that “There is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea,” President Trump tweeted today that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would not visit North Korea as planned because of insufficient North Korean progress toward denuclearization. But Trump apparently did not want North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un to take the snub too … Read More President Trump cancels diplomatic trip to North Korea, blaming everyone else

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Let’s Stop Saying “Nuclear Option”

Must politicians and journalists succumb to the language of war? Or the flip side: Must we put words like “peace” on weapons of war? I’m thinking of the U.S. nuclear missiles called “peacekeepers.” The “war” on this or that, we say, or the dropping of “bombs” to mean big news; the use of “killer” as an adjective synonymous with “great” or “fabulous”; “scorched-earth policy” and other casual references to war to suggest … Read More Let’s Stop Saying “Nuclear Option”

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Why it’s Realistic to Ban Nuclear Weapons and Why U.S. Should Lead

Talks are underway this week at the United Nations in New York on a possible global treaty to officially ban all nuclear weapons. More than 120 nations are participating, but not surprisingly the nuclear nations (those that own nuclear weapons), including the United States, and various allies of them are not eager to outlaw what they have spent much time and treasure on obtaining. Once … Read More Why it’s Realistic to Ban Nuclear Weapons and Why U.S. Should Lead

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Britain’s Labour Party Leader Corbyn a “no nukes” visionary

When Britain’s new Labour Party Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, told the BBC that he would, if elected Prime Minister, never order the use of nuclear weapons, it generated, in the words of a NY Times’ reporter, “a firestorm.”  Appropriate metaphor, that. Some in Britain seem to prefer the possibility of launching a literal, nuclear firestorm. Corbyn has said, according to the NY Times: I am opposed to the … Read More Britain’s Labour Party Leader Corbyn a “no nukes” visionary