September 21, 2004
The attempt by the Sept. 16 editorial, "Testing Our 'Ally,' Pakistan," to link Pakistan with the recent explosion in North Korea is untenable. Similarly, the assertion that Pakistan is not extending cooperation to the International Atomic Energy Agency is also without basis. Pakistan is not under any investigation. It is voluntarily cooperating with the IAEA in investigations related to transfer of sensitive technology to other countries. As a nuclear weapon state, Pakistan takes its international obligations with the utmost seriousness.
January 6, 1996 |
In the exclusive circle of states that have tested nuclear bombs, the record shows 1,054 American blasts, compared to a single "peaceful" test by India 21 years ago. Some Indians now want another multi-kiloton detonation by their country to even the score a little. "A new test may be the only way to tell the U.S. where it gets off," well-known columnist Inder Malhotra fumed this week.
March 9, 2010 |
Iran's announcement last month that it will begin enriching uranium for use in a medical reactor sparked a rare bipartisan consensus in Washington. Politicians on both sides of the aisle treated the news as the latest evidence we are moving closer to a nuclear crisis. There is cause for concern, with Iran unwilling to bend to global pressure, terrorists eager to acquire an atomic device, an erratic North Korea threatening stability in East Asia and an international nuclear nonproliferation regime that appears to be getting weaker by the minute.
April 5, 2003
Re "Back Diplomacy With Force to Bar Iran From Nuclear Club," by Bennett Ramberg, Commentary, April 1: America needs to face the fact that we can no longer stop countries we don't like from going nuclear. We can bluster, we can embargo, but eventually we're going to lose. On the other hand, admittance to the nuclear club almost seems to imbue countries with a new sense of maturity. Pakistan and India stand at the brink, much like the U.S. and Russia did many years ago, yet neither pulls the trigger.
March 7, 2006
It's appalling that President Bush has signed a nuclear pact with India (March 3). Congress must step in and stop this madness. It's blatant hypocrisy to tell Iran and North Korea that they cannot develop nuclear weapons when we have thousands, some on trigger alert, and we encourage India, which came perilously close to a nuclear confrontation with Pakistan, to develop more. This can only lead to a disastrous nuclear arms race. The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty states that the nonnuclear states will not develop nuclear weapons if they are never threatened with them and if the United States, Russia, France, Britain and China begin to dismantle theirs.
June 21, 2003
Re "Shakier Fingers on the Nuclear Buttons," Commentary, June 15: Rajan Menon omits the most significant fact about the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. The nuclear countries, those with the bomb, agreed to eliminate their nuclear weapons as soon as possible. That was 35 years ago. Today, the United States not only has no plans to eliminate its nuclear weapons, it is even planning new types of nuclear weapons. The nonproliferation treaty is dead because it was killed by the U.S. and the other permanent members of the Security Council that refuse to take treaty obligations seriously.