War on WMD backfires

Feature story - 11 February, 2005
George Bush's war on weapons of mass destruction has just had its first concrete result: the world now has 8 countries with declared nuclear weapons instead of 7. North Korea has officially announced that they have manufactured "enough nuclear weapons to deter a US attack." Nice going, George.

Greenpeace's 'Most Wanted' deck of nuclear proliferators also includes George Bush.

North Korea made the first public admission that it has nuclear weapons on February 10th.

They simultaneously announced they are leaving the Six Party talks,which began in 2003 to address concerns about a possible North Koreannuclear weapons programme. Those talks have been stalled since lastSeptember.

The talks have been marred by hypocrisy and fault on all sides.

China, Russia, and the US fail in their international obligations topursue nuclear disarmament, and are actively upgrading their nucleararsenals.

South Korea has been embroiled in controversy over its own experiments with nuclear weapons materials.

Japan is sitting on a massive 5-ton domestic stockpile of plutonium.They plan to open a reprocessing facility at Rokashu-Mura capable ofseparating much more, and the capacity to turn that stockpile intoweapons is well within their reach.

Nuclear brinkmanship is inevitable in a climate of nuclearhypocrisy. Only when all countries pursue nuclear disarmament in goodfaith can we begin putting the nuclear genie back in the bottle bybanning the use and manufacture of fissile materials.

North Korea's decision means troubled waters ahead for all of us. Anew nuclear arms race in Asia all but guarantees a global response ofmore weapons, more sabre-rattling from the US, and more borderlinenuclear powers deciding it's time to do as George Bush does and not ashe says: i.e. join the global love affair with weapons of massdestruction.

North Korea can turn that tide by doing the right thing. They shouldimmediately set aside their weapons and rejoin the Nuclear NonProliferation Treaty (NPT) regime. They should advocate for thedisarmament of the US and other nuclear weapons states from within the treaty system, not from without.

There must be one rule for all: no nukes.

Take Action

Ask North Korea to do the right thing: rejoin the NPT and advocate for the complete nuclear disarmament that the nuclear weapons states agreed under the treaty.

Play Nuclear Solitaire, a fun and educational way to while away the time while the NPT unravels.