The world is going backwards on nuclear proliferation – this is not a mistake we can afford to make. Apart from the successful conclusion of the deal on the Iranian nuclear programme of 2015, there has been no further progress on enhancing the nuclear non-proliferation system and regimes. The 2000 US-Russia agreement on plutonium disposition has been suspended, as has the programme of scientific collaboration on nuclear energy, thus terminating the last vestiges of a quarter century-long broad cooperation on safety and safe elimination of nuclear weapons and materials. The deplorable reality is that none of these issues are presently receiving serious attention from decision makers and public opinion. When he addresses the Munich conference on Friday, Mike Pence would do well to provide reassurance that the administration recognizes the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons. The best way to do this is to reaffirm principles set down after the Cold War – that nuclear war must never be fought and can never be won.
Telegraph 17th Feb 2017 read more »