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Nuclear Proliferation Essay

2526 words - 10 pages


What is the status of the international nonproliferation of nuclear weapons?
Outline Title
     
I. Introduction
A.     “Floating Chernobyl';
B.     Something to think about
II.     Statistics
A.     Russia’s nuclear arsenal
B.     US’ nuclear arsenal
III.     Treaties
A.     START I
B. START II
C. START III
IV. THREATS
A. New Power Landscape
B. Broken Command
C. Broken Army
V. Status of Other Countries
A. Iraq
B. North Korea
C. Iran
D. Libya
E. Cuba
F. Pakistan
G. India
VI. Conclusion     
What is the status of the international nonproliferation of nuclear weapons?
One day on a cold, bleak Russian night a world disaster was
almost destined to happen. Alexander Kuzminykh, a 19-year old
teenager, was aboard the submarine the Vepr when he attacked the
sentry and killed him with a chisel. Panicking he grabbed the guard’s
AK-47 and killed seven more crew members on the way to the torpedo
bay where he locked himself in. This suicidal teenager the stayed in
the bay for twenty hours threatening to blow it up and potentially
causing a “Floating Chernobyl';(Paddock-thestar.com). He talked to
his mother and then he just killed himself. When scientists and nuclear
activists got a hold of this story “it sent shivers through their spine';
(Paddock-thestar.com). This was because one day they know that one
suicidal teenager will actually have the guts to just blow himself up
with all those nuclear warheads. Russian officials were quick to say
,“the submarine and the people (in the vicinity) were safe.'; A former
Russian navy captain said, “ It is really scary that one day the use of
nuclear arms may depend on the sentiments of someone who is feeling
blue, who has gotten out of bed on the wrong side and does not feel
like living'; (Paddock-thestar.com).
Horror stories among Russian officials have been told. They
say that there are “Nuclear-submarine reactor cores that sit unguarded
in warehouses at the Vladivostok naval base, a research institute
outside Moscow that can’t afford to dispose of Cobalt-60 reactor-fuel
rods; and scientists say the rods pose the threat of another Chernobyl.
And when workers at a ship yard near Murmansk stole 4.5 kilograms of
partially enriched uranium, the investigating police official said the
theft ‘was easier than taking a sack of potatoes’';(Wouters-abc.com).
In July 1994, Turkish Police in Istanbul seized 22 pounds of uranium
smuggled out of Azerbaijan. In August 1994, a Lufthansa flight from
Moscow landed in Munich carrying a lead-lined suitcase filled with
350 grams of plutonium that the smugglers had planned to sell for
$70,000 a gram. In December 1994, Czech police found an...

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