Editor’s note: Mushroom cloud from Castle Bravo, the largest nuclear test conducted by the US in the Marshall Islands. On Sep 26, 2013, on the day of United Nations General Assembly meeting on nuclear disarmament, the US Air Force tested a nuclear-capable Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) hours before Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said no nation should possess nuclear weapons. The US is the only country in the world that has used atomic bombs in war. US atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan in August 1945. Secret documents have revealed that the US nearly detonated an atomic bomb on its own soil. On January 23, 1961, the US Air Force accidentally dropped two Mark 39 hydrogen bombs over Goldsboro, North Carolina. However, one low-voltage switch, which failed to flip, prevented millions of Americans from being killed.
Author: Dr. Abdul Ruff
Edited by Divas
While the United States and India are seeking to patch up relations increasingly frayed since December 12 over alleged fake visa related bitter diplomatic dispute linking an Indian embassy official in USA, the European Union (EU) is making strenuous efforts to strike a deal with Iran.
USA and EU consider the Iranian nukes when they are ready for deployment would be more dangerous than Israel’s deadly ones, acquired illegally and without reporting to the UN and IAEA.
European Union and Iran appeared to make enough progress in resolving outstanding differences on how to implement a landmark nuclear deal in talks in Geneva, but the United States said the discussions were not yet finalized.
Deputy Foreign Minister of Iran Abbas Araqchi met a senior EU official in Geneva to iron out remaining practical details of the November 24 accord under which Iran agreed to curb its most sensitive nuclear work in return for some sanctions relief.
The European Union liaises with Iran on behalf of six world powers – the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany – in diplomatic efforts related to Tehran’s nuclear work.
The seven countries need to agree when the nuclear accord goes into effect, meaning when the European Union and the United States ease economic sanctions in return for Iranian nuclear concessions, and how they will verify that Iran is meeting its end of the bargain.
The EU-Iran agreement is designed to last six months and the six powers hope to use the time to negotiate a final, broad settlement over Iran’s legitimate nuclear ambitions.
Underscoring skepticism about future diplomacy, one western diplomat said progress towards implementation of the November deal was a good sign, but difficulties remained in agreeing a broad accord to settle the decade-old dispute.
The nuke talks have also run into problems over advanced centrifuge research, highlighting the huge challenges facing Iran and the six powers in negotiating the precise terms of the interim agreement.
During years of on-and-off diplomacy, Iran has rejected western allegations of military goals, saying it needs nuclear power for energy generation and medical purposes.
Unless all nuke powers agree to dismantle their own nuclear arsenal as per a time-frame, all talks about Iran’s or Korean nukes are ridiculous.
Once total disarmament is achieved no nation, big or small, can need to buy costly nuclear reactors for nukes. Regimes can use the money on people, the less fortunate ones.
Double-talks and double-standards on nuke possession go against simple ethics. How come the USA and EU think Israel can make nukes illegally but Iran or North Korea cannot ?