Wednesday, October 4

Nuclear Madness

Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) – “North Korea will conduct a nuclear test, its Foreign Ministry said, a move Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said would be "unforgivable'' and require a severe response from the international community. “

"The DPRK will in the future conduct a nuclear test under the condition where safety is firmly guaranteed,'' the ministry said in a statement published on the country's official Korea Central News Agency. DPRK are the initials for the country's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea”

North Korea’s stance is unpredictable, but I think they would realise any engagement of nuclear weapons in warfare will only bring about annihilation, just as was realised by Mao and other consummate psychopaths even though they were willing to sacrifice millions of lives for a stated aim of world supremacy.

At the same time France Says Iran Must Halt Uranium Enrichment.

Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) -- France said Iran must suspend its uranium enrichment program before it makes further proposals on how to break a deadlock with the U.S. and other countries over its nuclear program.

Iran must first give an answer to an offer made by the five members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany that they would enter into negotiations with Iran and suspend the threat of sanctions if it halts enrichment, said Jean-Baptiste Mattei, a spokesman for the French Foreign Ministry.

Iran said earlier today that French nuclear company Areva SA could oversee uranium enrichment in Iran to guarantee that it was intended for peaceful purposes.

"Mohammad Saeedi, deputy head of Iran's nuclear agency, said in an interview with France Info radio that Iran's proposal to break the deadlock was to have Areva oversee enrichment in Iran."

When the cold war ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the East German wall, a renewed sense of optimism flourished.

Now we have different threats to world peace.

But it’s also true for the world at large, for it is madness for any country to have, keep or manufacture nuclear weapons. Forget about Star wars and other fanciful notions about defence systems blowing these missiles or bombs out of the sky.

Ultimately I think the only way foreword is a return to negotiation and mediation through a present feeble United Nations, which needs to be rebuilt, strengthened and re energised under a new Secreartary- General, almost certainty to be South Korea's Foreign Minister, Ban Ki-moon, maybe to give peace a chance.


Tu s. Tin said...

I agree with you, but you put too much resposibilites on government. The world is full of millions of people, things are getting out of control. how long will we let them control our future?

Anonymous said...

This is certainly a very unsettling development. My sense is that we're either at, or rapidly approaching, a crossroads in international dealings, and it could escalate into another "world war" very quickly. Resources are being depleted, and new ways of doing things aren't being developed rapidly enough to cover the shortfall. Something is going to change, and I hope it can be managed without further violence.

Josie said...

I thought we had put an end to all that. I remember growing up being terrified that a third world war was going to start at any moment. Remember the Cuban missile crisis? What's wrong with humankind? Why is it so difficult for people to live peacefully? Even in the microcosm of our office, there are factions who are "at war" with each other.

Sylvana said...

Nuclear weapon capability in the hands of countries that don't have much to loose or on some kind of religious vendetta is just plain scary.

Of course, nuclear weapons in the hands of an idiot like Bush is pretty darn scary too!

Michael Manning said...

You make a good point. I am not a fan of Nuclear Energy let alone Nuclear Weapons. Most immediately: NOrth Korea is led by an Alcoholic who is "Functionally Psychotic". He possesses the most urgent threat and "Diplomacy" doesn't work with a deranged individual.

JuBlue said...

Kim Jong Il is such a narcissist, I can't imagine him doing anything potentially damaging to himself. Iran is another story.

Never thought the day would come when I would look back on the Cold War wistfully. ;)

Wendy A said...

The plot thickens Eh! It is all to scary. It is a shame that humankind is so warring. Wish there was an easy answer. Sigh....

Gary said...

I am with you. Nuclear disarmament and visonary leaders at the Security Council table will go a long way. Ronald Reagan was better than what we now have.

The US has tens of thousands of nuclear weapons and supports nuclear armaments in Israel and India. They have seriously considered using them in Iraq and now in Iran (see New York Times).

China and Pakistan have them too.

It's not only about stopping dickhead dictators - it's about moving to reduce the threat everywhere.

More scary than climate change to me.

Michael Manning said...

Thanks for stopping by. I continue to follow the North Korean nutcase on TV. The smuggled video that students passed along an undeground network to South Korea and onto CNN is disgusting and shocking! Everyone needs to know the atrocities that are going on there. lol!

Lindsay Lobe said...

Hi tu s.tin, Madcap, Josie. Sylvania, Michael, Jublu, Wendy. Gary & Michael-+ for the info on the video, thanks for visiting and for your comments,

I think we can only each make a small contribution to world peace; inevitably disagreements arise so it’s not surprising on the world’s stage regretfully at times these differences turns to violence of one kind or another.

The United Nations was the body that was set up as vision to avoid future conflicts and wars, but its image and effectiveness has been tarnished, nevertheless revitalised I think it is the only way forward.

It’s all scary stuff but the consequences become more dangerous with proliferation of nuclear armaments as Gary said, by all, not just so called rogue states.

Diplomacy must be given a chance, psychopaths will come to power from time to time but continued dialogue and opportunities to negotiate need to be kept open not avoided.

Best wishes