The United States has a policy allowing the first use of nuclear weapons. Abolishing it will save money and make the world safer.
Source: End the First-Use Policy for Nuclear Weapons – The New York Times
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan said his country would welcome President Obama to Hiroshima, hoping that together they can create a world without nuclear weapons.
Source: Japanese Premier Discusses Obama’s Visit – Video – NYTimes.com
Most people in Japan believe the city was a victim of unnecessary brutality, but for Americans of the World War II generation, Hiroshima is at the center of a very different narrative.
Source: Obama’s Visit Raises Ghosts of Hiroshima – The New York Times
On the president’s trip to Japan this month, a visit to the cities where America dropped atomic bombs could highlight the horrors of nuclear weapons, but could also risk being seen as an apology.
Source: Obama Weighs Visiting Hiroshima or Nagasaki – The New York Times
Thirty years later, there are signs of commercial clear-cutting in supposedly off-limits forests around the site of the nuclear disaster in Ukraine.
Source: Chernobyl’s Silent Exclusion Zone (Except for the Logging) – The New York Times
WASHINGTON — A White House official said on Thursday that it would be “catastrophic” to adopt a proposal by Donald J. Trump, the Republican front-runner, that Japan and South Korea manufacture their own nuclear bombs to deter North Korea.
Benjamin J. Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser and one of President Obama’s closest aides, said, “Frankly, it would be catastrophic were the United States to shift its position and indicate that we somehow support the proliferation of nuclear weapon to additional countries.”
Source: White House Assails Donald Trump Proposal to Let Asian Allies Get Nuclear Weapons – First Draft. Political News, Now. – The New York Times
The Republican front-runner said he would consider withdrawing U.S. forces from Japan and South Korea if they did not spend more on military defense.
Source: Comments by Donald Trump Draw Fears of an Arms Race in Asia – The New York Times
The B61 Model 12, the bomb flight-tested last year in Nevada, is the first of five new warhead types planned as part of an atomic revitalization estimated to cost up to $1 trillion over three decades. As a family, the weapons and their delivery systems move toward the small, the stealthy and the precise.
Source: As U.S. Modernizes Nuclear Weapons, ‘Smaller’ Leaves Some Uneasy – The New York Times
This is disgusting! ‘Small and ‘precise’ apparently means the ability to kill only a few thousand people at a time instead of a few hundred thousand. These new bombs will supposedly be able to be “dialed down” to 2% of the level of destruction of Hiroshima. As if this somehow approaches some magical threshold where killing innocent people becomes ethical!
Also, if the people involved in creating these new bombs recognize, as they seem to do, the necessity for “dialing down” the destructive power of these weapons to near zero, why is it such a difficult leap to outlawing them altogether?
The claim, if true, would drastically escalate the nuclear challenge from one of the world’s most isolated and dangerous states.
Source: North Korea Says It Has Detonated Its First Hydrogen Bomb – The New York Times