Can a global ban on producing nuclear weapons material be enforced?
- Friday, 15 January 2010
This week’s question concerns nuclear weapons. Diplomats from 65 countries are meeting at the United Nations Conference on Disarmament in Geneva this week to discuss beginning talks on a possible treaty that would stop nations from producing plutonium and highly enriched uranium – key materials used in nuclear weapons. Proponents believe such a treaty would limit the ability of countries to manufacture and stockpile future nuclear weapons. Critics point to a number of issues, such as who should pay for inspections to ensure compliance, how to detect if countries are cheating or secretly producing material, and what should be done about existing stockpiles of nuclear fissure materials.
What do you think? Can a global ban on producing nuclear weapons material be enforced? Yes or no?