posted on Dec, 27 2011 @ 06:28 PM
reply to post by peck420
You're missing the point... The question was "who decides who can have Nuclear weapons". I answered that.
They are free to leave the NPT if they desire Nuclear Weapons. If they do not desire Nuclear Weapons, then the question is moot and they must abide by
the rules, which should be no problem if they don't want the bomb.
The fact they are being cagey about things AND
being an NPT signatory is what is landing them in hot water with the IAEA. They only have to
give 6 months notice and there is no legal requirement for them to submit to any inspections.
It really is quite simple. If they only desire Nuclear power, then IAEA inspections should be a doddle. If they desire the bomb, then they either have
to be cagey with the IAEA and try to hide the fact (which is what they appear to be doing) or leave the NPT, when they can avoid inspections.
Obviously, a country leaving the NPT would signal to everyone else that they are probably going after the bomb, so are likely to suffer some kind of
ramifications as a result, but that is another matter entirely.
There are currently 4 countries with declared weapons outside the NPT and not much happened to them. One country left the NPT and that was North
Korea. They got the bomb, of sorts anyway and were already sanctioned to the hilt for many other reasons.