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Issue #1881      August 14, 2019

Editorial

Whence the threat to peace?

The nations that are known to have nuclear weapons are the US, Russia, France, Britain, China, Israel, Pakistan and India. Before the overthrow of the apartheid regime in South Africa, that country had also developed nuclear weapons but after its election the ANC government had them destroyed. South Africa is the only country in the world to have carried out total nuclear disarmament.

At the time, the development by South Africa of a nuclear capacity was kept quiet and no protests were made by the Western powers.

To this day, there has been silence on Israel’s development of nuclear weapons. No mention is made in the mass media. Western governments are party to this policy of silence. Nothing has been said by the International Energy Agency (IAEA).

The UN Security Council has said nothing. Israel is not a party to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty.

The NPT was first adopted in 1968 and many countries have adhered to it including the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

The government and people of the DPRK have faced 70 years of continuous hostility from the US. The US has imposed a trade embargo, has occupied South Korea with tens of thousands of troops, has stationed their “good” nuclear weapons in South Korea, has built a 10-metre high wall on the South Korea side from one side of the Korean peninsular to the other and has made many threats of aggression.

The only country to have actually used nuclear weapons is the United States. The country that threatens to use nuclear weapons to enforce its dictate is the United States. The current US President Donald Trump has made unambiguous threats to use weapons of mass destruction. Similar threats have been made in the past against the DPRK.

The US attempts to portray itself as the only “moral” country, but what moral reason did earlier US governments have to build the first atomic weapons and then to drop them on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

In effect the US is demanding that it and those countries that it regards as being “good” have the right to have nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction and that all other countries must disarm and, in effect, place themselves at the feet of the US.

The only sane policy for the world is the complete elimination by all countries of all weapons of mass destruction including nuclear weapons.

The US leaders have consistently rejected such a demand in the past and are now planning to use their huge stockpile of weapons of mass destruction to impose their military, economic and political will on all other nations in the world without exception.

To this end the US and its allied politicians and the owners of the mass media are piling up lies and half-truths to deceive the people and justify the monstrous plans that they are now implementing.

The threat to the world’s peace and security and to the sovereignty and independence of nations does not come from Iraq or the DPRK but from the leaders of the United States.

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