Nuclear Weapons: Global Programmes, Challenges and Security Implications

Joan Cunningham (Editor)

Series: Nuclear Materials and Disaster Research
BISAC: SCI051000

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Chapter One offers an overview of the international obligations and cooperation mechanisms concerning nuclear preparedness and response, with a special focus on those established by the European Union. The authors proceed to a critical review of multilateral treaties that have been established and they emphasize international obligations and cooperation mechanisms at the universal level. Chapter Two discusses how South Korea is standing at a strategic crossroads of “keeping a policy of denuclearization” and “turning to nuclear armament.” Confronted by North Korea’s growing nuclear arsenal during the past decade, the idea of nuclear armament in South Korea is now regarded as “one possible option,” not a “political taboo” anymore. Chapter Three covers the missed opportunity to eliminate all nuclear weapons between 1945 and 1949, when only one country has this type of weapons in their military arsenals. Today, to reach that objective is extremely complicated, because there are now nine countries possessing nuclear weapons of different sizes and power, located around the world. According to Article VI of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, “Each of the Parties to the Treaty undertakes to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament, and on a treaty on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control.” There has been much debate as to exactly what this article means. Chapter Four argues that the nuclear-weapon states should be challenged to fulfill the terms of this article literally. (Imprint: Nova)

Preface

Chapter 1. Preparedness and Response to Nuclear Crisis Synopsis of Essential International Obligations and Cooperation Mechanisms
Michail Chalaris (Hellenic Fire Corps, Athens, Greece)

Chapter 2. South Korea: Denuclearization versus Nuclear Armament
Kim Jae-Yeop (Graduate School of National Defense Strategy, Hannam University, Daejeon, Republic of Korea)

Chapter 3. Nuclear Disarmament: It is Time to Begin the Destruction of All Nuclear Weapons
Jorge Morales Pedraza (Independent Researcher and Senior Consultant in Morales Project Consultancy, Vienna, Austria)

Chapter 4. A Commission on Article VI
C. J. Hamer (School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, and others)

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