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Words from A-bombed cities' mayors mirror fears of new nuke arms race

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The US will never give up its nuclear arms, it just wants the rest of the world to denuclearise. ALL nations should denuclearise, including the US and Israel. Denuclearisation of All nations should be confirmed by an independent international authority not under the influence of the Western Wimps, totally independent.

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The US will never give up its nuclear arms,

If Russia would completely denuke of course we would as well.

it just wants the rest of the world to denuclearise.

Unstable nations yes. Iran and North Korea for one.

ALL nations should denuclearise, including the US and Israel.

We don’t threaten anyone with total annihilation, if we did, I would agree with you, but we need a deterrent. Iran threatens the Saudis, NK threatens Japan, SK and the US, therefore it’s unacceptable.

Denuclearisation of All nations should be confirmed by an independent international authority not under the influence of the Western Wimps, totally independent.

Yeah, uh-huh....ok....

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I would assume that its is an "unstable nation" that keeps killing it own citizens!. An "unstable nation" would be one where there is on average more than one mass shooting a day.

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I would assume that its is an "unstable nation" that keeps killing it own citizens!.

NK is a prime example. Wanting to destroy SK or take it by force, wanting to destroy Japan and the US.

An "unstable nation" would be one where there is on average more than one mass shooting a day.

That was just the biggest dodge. Lol

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The US will never give up its nuclear arms

Yeah, neither will Russia, China, France, the U.K., India, Pakistan or Israel. North Korea will, though.

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Serrano: The genie is out of the bottle, all nations now want a nuclear deterrent.

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*"...Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who attended the memorial ceremonies on Tuesday in Hiroshima and Friday in Nagasaki, said Japan will keep trying to be a "bridge between nuclear weapon states and non-nuclear weapon states."*

But he also told reporters that the treaty does not reflect security realities...."*

Another cop-out by Abe.

So he implies that we will be the bridge to unite (as the only victim of atomic bombing), then goes on to say the ban doesn't reflect reality.

This can only mean that he supports nuclear weapons as they are a part of the real world.

Just gotta love how he can have his cake and eat it to. and so many swallow it.

Should be outrage in Japan against Abe and the LDP, but Media Inc for one, is too weak to speak up. They just play violins every early August and wipe away the tears, never taking a stand against govt. policy.

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The genie is out of the bottle, all nations now want a nuclear deterrent.

@riperez: Why not? You have to admit that it worked with the U.S., China and Russia and kept them from waging World War III. And no country has mounted an all-out attack on Israel, knowing Israel will use their nuclear weapons on them.

As I've said before, given the nuclear deterrent and the threat of mutual assured destruction, nuclear weapons have made Total War unthinkable and actually forced adversaries to pursue diplomacy and dialog to settle their conflicts, and in doing so, actually promoted world peace.

Has the world forgotten there was a time when the world was nuclear free? And was there world peace? Hell no! Prior to 1945, there were numerous wars being fought with conventional weapons, weapons that made total war all too thinkable. And now we want to go back to that time where nations capable of waging total war will do so again?

When nuclear weapons are abolished, they will be replaced by more effective conventional weapons AND biological and chemical weapons......weapons that nobody mentions but should be.

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You make a lot of good points, Halwick.

I agree that mutually assured destruction was a huge deterrent to all sides during the cold war. But I worry more when smaller nations obtain such weapons as I think it increases the chances of some rogue individual or group starting things off.

When nuclear weapons are abolished, they will be replaced by more effective conventional weapons AND biological and chemical weapons......weapons that nobody mentions but should be.

You're right. And we should probably include electronic weapons these days. It's hard to imagine the consequences if all of our communication systems were to be shut down.

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We don’t threaten anyone with total annihilation

Apart from threatening to "totally destroy" North Korea

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-un-north-korean-leader-suicide-mission-n802596

And the "fire and fury" threats

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/08/world/asia/north-korea-un-sanctions-nuclear-missile-united-nations.html

And "wiping Afghanistan from the face of the earth"

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-24/why-did-donald-trump-say-he-could-kill-10-million-afghans/11342794

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Japan will not allow the deployment of American missiles armed with nuclear weapons!

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Japan will not allow the deployment of American missiles armed with nuclear weapons!

How will Japan stop them. The American ships already have nuclear weapons on them.

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A subject the entire world of humanity needs to act on by banning all nuclear weapons! Give peace a chance!

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zichi, the government of Japan would be forced by the people to say get rid of the nukes or get out of the security agreement. The US ships in Japan do not have nuclear weapons on them. If they do they are breaking more than one agreement with Japan.

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YuriOtani

zichi, the government of Japan would be forced by the people to say get rid of the nukes or get out of the security agreement. The US ships in Japan do not have nuclear weapons on them. If they do they are breaking more than one agreement with Japan.

America never reveals which ships/subs carry nuclear weapons.

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zichi, I know that but if it was discovered, all hell would break loose! I do remember hearing that the US government promised not to have nukes on their ships while in Japanese waters. Perhaps things changed since it was announced by President Bush 41

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@albaleo, you make a lot of good points too. And you're right, cyber warfare is another concern.

As for rogue nations like North Korea, Iran, or any of the extremist muslim factions in the Middle East thinking about getting and using nuclear weapons (and it goes for Israel, too), I would imagine that there is an unwritten "gentlemen agreement" whereby U.S., Russia and China would agree to simultaneously target their nuclear weapons against the rogue nations and say to them, "If you think of using nuclear weapons, you will be completely destroyed."

Perhaps wishful thinking. At least the U.S., China and Russia agree privately that they would not use nuclear weapons against each other, no matter how critical conflicts of interests becomes. There has been many crises throughout the 1950s, 60s and 70s.......and the superpowers hadn't destroyed each other. That mutual assured destruction and the effect of nuclear warfare is too deeply ingrained in the conscious of the superpowers.

But I don't think those "rogue nations" are fully convinced. Nor are they convinced of the devastating effects of biological and chemical weapons either. If only the leaders of these rogue nations attend the Hiroshima and Nagasaki memorials on the anniversaries....

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