Iran deal doesn’t secure a safer future for our grandkids… but it’s a start 20



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The historical agreement overnight between Iran and the US, UK, France, Germany, Russia and China, means the Middle East country will curb its nuclear program now and in the future. In return, wide reaching sanctions will be lifted, allowing Iran to rebuild its economy and improve standard of living for its people.

The deal comes after 12 years of painstaking negotiations and by no means positions Iran and nations like the US as buddies. But does it mean the threat of nuclear war is eliminated?

For many years the western world has suspected Iran of developing its nuclear program in order to make a bomb like the one that wiped out 73,000 people in a matter of minutes in Nagasaki.

For those of us who lived in the shadow of that event, along with Hiroshima, the threat of all-out nuclear war was both terrifying and real.

In recent decades, the public fear of nuclear annihilation has dwindled, rearing its head only when an incident occurs such as weapons testing. But nuclear weapons and enriched uranium don’t simply disappear

Writing in The Conversation in January, Joseph Siracusa, Professor in Human Security and International Diplomacy at RMIT University, says, “Today it is hard to find an analyst or commentator on nuclear proliferation who is not pessimistic about the future.”

Perhaps today is the day for optimism, however we need to remember there are still plenty of risks when it comes to nuclear weaponry.

There are currently nine states in the world with nuclear weapons: the US (since 1945), Russia (since 1949), the UK (since 1952), France (since 1960), China (since 1964), India (since 1974), Israel (since 1979, unofficial), Pakistan (since 1998) and North Korea (since 2006).

Just over half of these states adhere to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that pledges to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament – North Korea has withdrawn its ratification, while India, Pakistan and Israel have never signed up.

Iran is party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty but has previously been found to be in breach of some of its terms. This new deal brings Iran back into the fold, and brings legitimacy to its enrichment of uranium for civil purposes. It also means the US, other powers, and the international community get defined limits on that enriched uranium.

Scott Lucas,Professor of International Politics at University of Birmingham, says “Put bluntly – and in defiance of the hyperbolic objections of the deal’s critics – Iran has been pushed far back from a militarised program for many years, even if it really was seeking nuclear weapons in the first place.”

Iran no longer has any uranium in a form that can be developed for a bomb, and even its 5 per cent uranium is sharply reduced. Its nuclear facilities are subject to extensive inspections, and some military sites will be visited to ensure no traces of any past quest for nuclear weapons remain.

Once upon a time, not so long ago, the threat of nuclear was very real. Watching superpowers wrestle over ideology was like watching two kids playing with guns. Would one of them off? Would they both?

It’s true that this deal with Iran is a step in the right direction and could, indeed, be the first on a path that stabilises the Middle East. But the fact remains: these weapons still exist and are vulnerable to regional tensions and falling into the wrong hands.

As Professor Siracusa writes, “The nine current members of the nuclear club still possess 17,265 operational nuclear weapons between them. Thousands are presumably ready to fire at a moment’s notice – enough to destroy the Earth’s inhabitants many, many times over.”

Do you being afraid of the nuclear threat? Is it something you still worry about today? 



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  1. North Korea is the one I would be worried about

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    • Kim Beazley once said that if North Korea ever commenced to use nuclear weapons against any country, they would become a biological mud-puddle within minutes. He might have been right.. They have no friends, not even China.

  2. The chance of a nuclear war is always present. More concerning for me is the chance of a dirty bomb being used.

  3. Cannot trust any of those countries. NTH Korea is the worst but be afraid very afraid of CHINA.They cannot feed the population now so how are they going to feed them in say 10 years from now.They will slowly take over farming land in any country they can and pillage to their benefit ,

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    • The reality is we cannot trust USA not to invade some sovereign country, murder its leaders and destroy their culture. And China has not invaded anywhere. Nor has North Korea. There is no Yellow Peril Garry Graham. That went out with Menzies. Leslie Tse

    • You are off your trolley , why do you people hate anyone that has the capacity to assist us IF one of the Asian countries tries to invade Australia . Now THAT is more scary!!
      They will try one day , don’t ever trust Indonesia , would never take my eye off them . They have indictated very clearly just how much respect they have for Australians , and the capital we provide them with . . No one will ever convince me that we should NOT be watchful and alert where these corrupt leaders are concerned .

    • “Try to invade Australia”?? Says the person whose ancestors invaded and pillaged Australia and is currently living on stolen land!

    • We have to worry more about getting an honest government who won’t let our country be sold off. Why would China bomb Australia? They own so much of it or have partnerships with Aus companies. Why destroy a food source. Our real problem is sucking up to the USA. When they sneeze Australia catches the flu.

  4. Hooray for noting that the Zionists have had nuclear weapons for many decades, that worries me as much as any other rogue state.

  5. I am more worried about the crazy yanks and their determination to bomb and shoot anything they dont perceive as being like them.

    Name me one country in the world that has inflicted as much damage as them, especially in the last 50 years..

  6. mike here-The chance of a nuclear war is ever present while the only country in the world to have used one in war still has them.

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