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Korean War-era weapons on display in South Korea. More than six decades on, tensions are unresolved – and now they are nuclear. EPA/JEON HEON-KYUN/AAP

If we can’t stop an impoverished nation like North Korea making nuclear weapons, our tactics are clearly wrong

The West has long depended on the nuclear deterrent to quell the threat of 'rogue' nations like North Korea. But Pyongyang's continued nuclear weapons program shows that global disarmament is the only answer.
The Arak heavy-water reactor has been at the center of concerns about potential Iranian nuclear proliferation. Stringer/Reuters

The alarming consequences of scuttling the Iran nuclear deal

Critics of the nuclear deal with Iran have good reasons to be skeptical, but blocking the deal would make the United States and its allies less secure.
On August 6, 1945, a crude bomb containing 60 kilograms of highly enriched uranium exploded 580 metres above Hiroshima. EPA/Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Ban the bomb: 70 years on, the nuclear threat looms as large as ever

Today's nuclear arsenals are so powerful that dropping a Hiroshima-size bomb every two hours for 70 years would not exhaust their destructive capacity. The global disarmament regime is broken.
Blowing up the desert – and people’s minds: the first atom bomb test in 1945. US Government

Radiation in the postwar American mind: from wonder to worry

The first atom bomb test seventy years ago today marks the start of a change in Americans' thinking about radiation. On balance, our nuclear anxieties endure today.
Increased oil and gas revenues amid lifted sanctions are set to raise Iran’s economic fortunes, which ease Middle Eastern tensions. EPA/Abedin Taherkenareh/AAP Image

Energy and economic diplomacy can trump the nuclear ‘threat’ of the Iran deal

Opponents of the Iran nuclear deal say it raises the nuclear weapons threat in the region. But Middle East tensions are actually likely to ease as Iran grows richer without being shackled by sanctions.

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