Nuclear Weapons Always a Threat to Humanity
TEHRAN (FNA)- According to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the world is living “in the shadow of nuclear catastrophe,” fueled by growing distrust and tensions between the nuclear powers.
The UN chief told a high-level meeting to commemorate the recent International Day for Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons that progress on ridding the world of nuclear weapons “has stalled and is at risk of backsliding.” And he said strains between countries that possess nuclear weapons “have increased nuclear risks.”
As examples, Guterres expressed deep concern at the escalating disputes between the Trump administration and China. Relations between the US and Russia are at a low point. Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan are feuding over Kashmir, and India just had a border skirmish with China. And others like Israel boast about their undeclared nuclear weapons.
No doubt, use of nuclear weapons would have a catastrophic effect and destroy everything that comes in its way. No one can forget the deliberate Hiroshima-Nagasaki nuclear bombings by the US that wiped out almost 90% of the cities and caused thousands of innocent people to die because of radiation exposure, the effects of which lingered on for several decades after the nuclear bombing.
As well, those that possess nuclear weapons have become a reason for global insecurity and mistrust for all the other nations. All the power is concentrated in just a few nations that have these deadly weapons but the whole world would have to pay for it in case a nuclear war happens. And who guarantees that a nuclear war will never happen?
Not just this, the deadly use of nuclear weapons would most definitely result in agricultural collapse and widespread famine, as well. The nuclear bombing would affect the temperatures all over the globe and negatively impact the environment for generations. The fallout would affect the planet and contaminate the air, soil, and water supply because of the spread of radioactive particles.
For the same reason, the nuclear-armed nations have no right to continue to spend billions of money and resources on research, development, maintenance and expansion of their nuclear arsenal. All these resources that are wrongly spent represent lost opportunities to rebuild the world in this pandemic season.
The money that could have been utilized for greater causes like improving the health, ending wars, rebuilding nations, fighting poverty, disaster relief, and other such vital missions is getting lost with no benefit to human needs.
And what if nuclear weapons fall into the wrong hands of terrorists all because some governments continue to develop and maintain them? Various extremist groups are willing to do anything to gain access to these nuclear weapons. All the nuclear arms production sites are on the radars of terrorists and exposed to attacks or thefts. Still, the nuclear-armed nations do not destroy their nuclear weapons and they continue to put the safety of the world in danger.
If the nuclear-armed nations do not collectively destroy their nuclear weapons, others would also try and acquire these to increase their international status and to protect themselves. This would encourage proliferation to other nations as well and once it begins, there would be no stopping, especially in the Middle East which is always under constant threat from the Israeli nukes.
True, Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is in existence but despite that, nuclear-armed states are not fulfilling their commitments to the treaty. While the US smear campaign and propaganda against Iran has kept the nation under the world spotlight for decades, Israel is armed with hundreds of nuclear warheads without even being a member of the NPT. After years of non-stop global inspection of Iranian civilian nuclear facilities and as Iran continues the voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol to the NPT, the International Atomic Energy Agency reports say Iran has never deviated from its civilian nuclear drive. But at the same time, the Israeli regime that is armed with 200 to 400 nuclear warheads allows no inpsection of its nuclear facilities, has always been at war with Mideast neighbors, continues bombing and killing Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, tramples upon human rights in every aspect and everywhere including against its own people, continues to occupy Palestinian lands irrespective of the will and demand of the global community and stands an active threat to the entire Middle-East. Even more, it has been admittedly a complicit in cyber war against Iran's nuclear facilities in what is known to be the Stuxnet attack in 2010 that could have caused a nuclear explosion. Despite all this, there has not been even a single visit to its nuclear facilities by inspectors from the international community. Without their substantial progress towards nuclear disarmament, nuclear proliferation remains to be an almost definite possibility in the Middle East as reports by the US media are saying that Saudi Arabia has started clandestine efforts to not just develop its own nuclear facilities that include uranium enrichment, but also is moving fast to develop ballistic missiles as delivery system. Experts are asking why a country that is not facing any limitation in supplying various types of weapon systems, including ballistic missiles, has been the world's No. 1 arms importer and has a noteworthy stockpile of different types of US and Chinese ballistic missiles has just started a secret program to develop its own ballistic missiles? Meantime, similar reports have alarmed that Riyadh has started clandestine efforts to develop uranium enrichment alongside its nuclear deals with the United States. The Israeli regime's military nuclear capability not only is a direct military threat to the region and the world, but also could trigger nuclear weapons rivalry across the Middle-East. And the world community has failed to show serious care about the nuclear drives and capability of anyone in the Middle-East, except for Iran. The world needs to take action to ensure that others are under as much inspection as Iran in the first step, and force other nations to dismantle their nuclear warheads in the second.
In summation, the world will never be completely secure as long as there are nuclear-armed regimes that are unwilling to destroy their arsenals. The US use of nuclear bombs against Japan was a great tragedy. If that happens again it would be a far greater tragedy for mankind. The world community must take steps now to ensure it will never happen again.