Ukraine Crisis Highlights Fears of Global Nuclear Proliferation

May 13, 2014

VADUZ, Liechtenstein, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –


UNITED States President Barack Obama declared in 2009, that America’s nuclear strategy
would include a commitment to ‘Global Zero’ – a multinational cooperative effort dedicated
to the voluntary elimination of nuclear weapons. However, claims that Russia has violated
previous nuclear agreements have soured interest on additional arms control cooperation
with Moscow in the US Congress, writes World Review [http://www.worldreview.info ] author
Dr James Jay Carafano, the Heritage Foundation, US.

‘The loss of momentum for ‘nuclear zero’ will probably be exacerbated by the current
crisis in Ukraine,’ he says. ‘Not only has the confrontation between Washington and Moscow
further poisoned any likelihood of additional arms control negotiations, but some
countries will interpret the Russian annexation of Crimea as a strong cautionary argument
against de-nuclearisation.’

Additionally, the ongoing ‘final status’ talks between Iran and the P5+1 countries -
the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, namely United States, Russia,
China, United Kingdom, and France, plus Germany – are unlikely to stem concerns over
further global proliferation. Even if a final agreement is signed, the steps Iran would be
required to take are reversible.

‘The deal would not address two other key components of the nuclear weapons programme
- the development of a delivery vehicle and long-range ballistic missiles – or limit
Iran’s ongoing collaboration with North Korea, potentially the world’s worst nuclear and
missile technology proliferator,’ he says, adding that regional powers, including Saudi
Arabia and Israel, will still fret over a potential Iranian nuclear breakout.

‘Many believe both Turkey and Egypt would also contemplate establishing independent
nuclear capabilities to match a nuclear-armed Iran,’ he says.

‘The most likely, and most dangerous, proliferation scenario remains a cascading
addition of new nuclear powers in the Middle East as a response to the emergence of a
nuclear-capable Iran and uncertainty over US security guarantees for the region.’

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World Review [http://www.worldreview.info ] author Dr James Jay Carafano is a leading
expert in America’s national security and foreign policy challenges, is the
Washington-based Heritage Foundation’s vice president for foreign and defence policy
studies and director of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International


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