There was a time when the atoms for peace doctrine held a lot of promise. That if countries were encouraged to use uranium for peaceful means, there wouldn’t be a nuclear arms race. But now, eight countries have nuclear weapons and North Korea and Iran are edging closer to the nuclear threshold.
With this weekend’s mysterious explosion in North Korea and new evidence that Iran is developing its nuclear options things are coming to head. The U.S. wants the UN to get countries that have nuclear technology to stop selling it to ones that don’t. Others say the multilateral approach isn’t working and the U.S. needs to get directly engaged.
Jack Pritchard, Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution;
Ray Takeyh Senior Fellow at Council on Foreign Relations
Joseph Cirincione, Director for Non-Proliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace