Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Nuclear arms treaty lacks security perspective



Nuclear arms treaty lacks security perspective

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Members attend the signing ceremony for the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons at the United Nations in New York in 2017. AFP

Nuclear arms treaty lacks security perspective

The spirit of aiming for the abolition of nuclear weapons should be respected. However, it must be said that this treaty will be ineffective if it ignores the role that nuclear deterrence plays in national security and the content unilaterally urges the “prohibition” of nuclear weapons.

The US, Britain, France, China and Russia, which are nuclear powers, and US allies such as Japan and South Korea are not participating in the treaty and are not bound by it.

From a security perspective, the treaty is fatally flawed in that it does not take into account the security environments of individual nuclear powers or countries that need the “nuclear umbrella” of the US.

The US and Russia have maintained a framework to prevent war through a balance of nuclear forces. Japan, which is close to nuclear powers China and Russia and faces the nuclear threat of North Korea, relies on the US nuclear deterrent. Germany, which faces Russia, is in the same situation.

As the only country to have suffered atomic bombings, Japan needs to mediate dialogue between nuclear powers and non-nuclear states and repair the rifts between them.

First and foremost, the US and Russia, which possess 90 per cent of the world’s nuclear weapons, should promote nuclear disarmament and put a brake on the arms race. There are even some positive signs that the two countries are moving toward a compromise to extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), which will expire in February next year.

The role of the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons, in which most countries of the world participate, must also be enhanced.

THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN (JAPAN)/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

MOST VIEWED

  • Massive stingrays may live in Mekong’s deep pools

    US scientists have suggested that unexplored deep pools in the Mekong River in an area of Stung Treng could potentially be home to significant populations of giant freshwater stingrays, one of the world’s largest freshwater fish species. This comes as a fisherman hooked a 180

  • CCC team off on US business trip

    The Kingdom’s leading economists and private sector representatives have called on the US to renew its tax preferential status for Cambodian exports, as a Cambodia Chamber of Commerce (CCC) delegation departed for a weeklong business visit to the US, where they will meet with

  • PM takes time to meet, greet Cambodians living in the US

    After landing in the US ahead of the ASEAN-US Special Summit, Prime Minister Hun Sen was received by over 1,000 Cambodian-Americans including political analysts who welcomed him with greetings, fist bumps and selfies. Hun Sen also met with analyst Mak Hoeun, who had allegedly spoken ill

  • Khmer cinema classics back on big screen for free at WB Arena’s outdoor movies series

    On a recent Saturday evening at WB Arena, Bunsong was enjoying a tasty BBQ meal with his family after work on the long tables that had been arranged out in front of the restaurant as they watched a Khmer action movie on a big outdoor

  • PM heads to Washington for ASEAN-US special summit

    Regional and international issues and how to bring the ASEAN-US partnership to another level will be discussed at length as Prime Minister Hun Sen and his ministers arrive in Washington, DC, for a special summit on May 12-13. During the trip, Hun Sen and ASEAN

  • National Assembly refutes EU resolution

    The National Assembly (NA) has hit back at a European Parliament resolution condemning the political and human rights situation in Cambodia, calling it another display of the Parliament’s “double standards”. Key points of the resolution include a warning that the Parliament could exclude the