Backed by Big Powers, a Successful Iran Deal Could Rescue NPT

Backed by Big Powers, a Successful Iran Deal Could Rescue NPT. YaleGlobal. Richard Weitz. July 16, 2015.

The leading impact of the July 14 Iran nuclear deal may be how it affects the overall pace and extent of nuclear-weapons proliferation. To succeed in resolving the Iranian nuclear deal and strengthening barriers against the further spread of nuclear weapons, China, Russia and the United States must cooperate despite their many other differences. “The agreement to freeze Iran’s nuclear-weapons program for a limited period might offer opportunities to strengthen the NPT, dispel assumptions of near-term nuclear disarmament and generate a fresh attempt to curb North Korea’s nuclear ambitions,” explains Richard Weitz. “To support disarmament as they eventually eliminate their own nuclear arsenals, Russia, China and the United States have agreed to reduce their reliance on nuclear weapons in the foreign and defense policies.” [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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