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The danger of a nuclear war in the world will remain even if Russia and the United States agree to reduce their strategic offensive arms. Asia’s nuclear powers - India and Pakistan – do not intend to follow the example of the two superpowers. The ongoing standoff in South Asia may lead to catastrophic consequences for the whole world.
The conflict between India and Pakistan lasts for over 60 years already. Their confrontation became especially dangerous after 1998, when both India and Pakistan conducted a series of nuclear tests and showed the world their ability to build nuclear weapon
This past week, following the G20 conference and with a North Korean missile launch as a back ground, the American president Obama made an impassioned plea for the world to be free of nuclear weapons. In his words, America must lead the way: “As a nuclear power – as the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon – the United States has a moral responsibility to act". He planned on doing this through a series of measures such as the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. He also proposed gathering up all vulnerable nuclear material, “loose nukes”, within four years.
The fate of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty is about to be solved. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held a meeting in Washington May 7, which allowed Russia and the USA find a common language on the problem.
Russia and the USA have reached consent on several principal questions of foreign politics. The above-mentioned meeting was held to conduct a dialogue on fundamental issues prior to Barack Obama’s visit to Russia in July. The White House pins great hopes of the visit. The US administration hopes to at least prolong the START-1 Treaty or ratify the new document, START-2.
TBILISI, Georgia — Former Georgian leader Eduard Shevardnadze says if he were his country's current embattled president he would resign.
Shevardnadze recalled in an interview with The Associated Press Tuesday that he voluntarily stepped down in 2003 to avoid bloodshed during massive public protests known as the Rose Revolution.
The protests propelled U.S.-allied Mikhail Saakashvili into power, but his popularity has declined since last August's botched war with Russia. Saakashvili has been facing daily opposition protests for more than a month, but has refused to resign.
Shevardnadze served as the Soviet Union foreign minister under Mikhail Gorbachev and was widely credited for his role in ending the Cold War.
MOSCOW — Rows of missiles and tanks rumbled through Moscow's Red Square and dozens of combat jets streaked over. in the Victory Day parade Saturday in the largest display of military might since the Soviet times.
President Dmitry Medvedev warned sternly that Russia was ready to respond to any challenge and said its military has proven that in real action — a clear reference to the war with neighboring ex-Soviet Georgia.
GENEVA — Peace talks aimed at healing rifts from the Russia-Georgia war broke down when the delegations from Russia and Georgia's two separatist provinces refused to take part, mediators said.
"The co-chairs strongly regret the walkout by the Russian participants at the beginning of the fifth session of the Geneva discussions today," said a statement by the United Nations, the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
The round of talks scheduled for Monday and Tuesday was supposed to be the first meeting since February between Georgia, Russia and Russia's allies from the breakaway Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
The mediators said the Abkhazian delegation refused to attend the talks. The South Ossetians, who came for the beginning, then walked out, followed by the Russians.
Four months after taking office, US President Barack Obama has entered the elusive quest for Middle East peace, delivering a blunt message to Israel about the future of peace talks.
Mr Obama used a much-anticipated Oval Office meeting with Israel's new Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stress that a two-state solution remains the goal of the United States.
"[We want] to achieve a two-state solution in which Israelis and Palestinians are living side by side in peace and security," he said.
"We have seen progress stalled on this front, and I suggested to the Prime Minister that he has an historic opportunity to get a serious movement on this issue during his tenure."
But the Israeli leader could not be coaxed into mentioning a Palestinian state; the failure to endorse the cornerstone of America's Middle East policy exposing a rare rift in US-Israeli relations.
"I want to start peace negotiations with the Palestinians immediately. I want to make it clear that we don't want to govern the Palestinians," he said.
"We want to live in peace with them; we want them to govern themselves, absent a handful of powers that could endanger the state of Israel.
"There'll have to be compromises by Israelis and Palestinians alike. We're ready to do our share; we hope the Palestinians will do their share as well."
Mr Obama says the US offer to talk to Iran about its nuclear program will not stay open forever. "We should have a fairly good sense by the end of the year as to whether they are moving in the right direction," he said.
Originally posted by epitaph.one
In my opinion nuclear weapons will always be an empty threat. And the reason why so many smaller countries want them so bad. So the bigger kids cant pick on them anymore.
And by big kids i mean the USA.
the use of nuclear weapons is one of the dumbest things you can do, especially when the opposition has them aimed at you. You send 1 at them, they send one back, so by hurting your enemy they just hurt you for the same amount
itd be like playing chess, bleeding peices. going rook for rook, queen for queen, pawn for pawn, knight for knight...until only the kings remain and its a draw.
Originally posted by Solomons
reply to post by tothetenthpower
They were a hairs breadth away from using them before...i dont see why it couldnt escalate again.Im pretty surprised India did exert any force on Pakistan after the mumbai attacks.Pakistan and India going nuclear is nearly always just one wrong turn away imo.
New Delhi, Dec 23: Less than a month after the unprecedented terror strikes in Mumbai, US' FBI has completed its probe in India and found evidence of a Pakistan security establishment being involved in the carnage and its team was likely to go there to prepare a chargesheet against the guilty.
"Pak claims no record of Ajmal in its national database"
As the FBI winds up the probe that commenced on December one, the top US Intelligence official John Michael McConnell, who .s the Director of National Intelligence, air dashed to the national capital and held series of meetings with the FBI team probing the case.
The FBI is understood to have found evidence about the role of a Pakistani security establishment other than the ISI being involved in the November 26 terror strikes in Mumbai that left over 180 people dead including six American nationals, official sources said.
Director of National Intelligence (DNI) is considered to be the most powerful intelligence official of the US government under direct command and control of the US President and reports to him only.
Originally posted by Solomons
reply to post by Grayelf2009
Depends on the country.If its any of the big ones they wont just be hated by the world,they will be a turned into a glass crater.And Russia has a better civil defence plan or so i hear than America...so in a nuclear exchange no doubt Russia would be the victor...if you could call it that.
MOSCOW, May 18 (Itar-Tass) -- The fourth meeting of Security Council secretaries of the member-countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will be held in Moscow on May 20 under the chairmanship of the Russian side.
Security Council secretaries of Russia - - Nikolai Patrushev,
Kazakhstan - - Kairbek Suleimenov,
member of the State Council - -
Minister of Public Security of China Meng Jianzhu,
Kyrgyzstan - - Adakhan Madumarov,
Tajikistan - - Amirkul Azimov,
Uzbekistan - - Murod Atayev,
SCO General Secretary Bolat Nurgaliyev and director of the executive council of the SCO Regional Antiterrorist Agency Myrzakan Subanov will take part in the meeting.
The meeting participants are to exchange views on ways of strengthening coordination of the joint activity in the sphere of ensuring security and stability in the SCO space and on improvement of mechanisms of cooperation within the framework of the organization.
Tel Aviv has embarked on another round of large-scale military exercise as speculations of an Israeli-initiated war run high.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has invited his Iranian counterpart to participate in an upcoming Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit.