By Vivianne Clark, Al-Arabiya
Due to the rising domination of the United States and the Soviet Union’s nuclear capabilities, the United Nations General Assembly has been posed with the issue of determining the extent to which nuclear disarmament should be implemented worldwide.
Although both countries possess an intimidating arsenal of nuclear power, both countries have expressed interest in finding a compromise to nuclear disarmament. According to the USSR, the Soviet Union will not disarm if the United States does not disarm; however, both countries are in favor of a plan towards proportional partial disarmament.
The USA confirmed in an interview that the United States is in favor of a gradual reduction of nuclear arms. It would be essential that this gradual reduction would be in conjunction so that there would be “no cheating”. The eventual result of reduction would ideally only lead to partial disarmament in the mindset that there would room for leverage, but both countries would be able to find an agreeable middle ground. Another point that the United States recognizes is the fact that to dispose of nuclear arms and power, there must be a solution that is all-encompassing to both nations' interests. To find a resolution that suits both countries, the United States suggests that the weapon capabilities could be converted into nuclear power. Both countries would benefit from this solution because the USA, USSR, and their trade partners would both be able to economically benefit to improve their infrastructure and economy.
As opposed to the suggested partial disarmament that the United States and the Soviet Union are considering, many countries are more interested in a resolution that would move towards complete disarmament of nuclear weapons worldwide. Canada, who provided the statistic that “Canada has already reduced 75% of their own nuclear arms,” is looking forward to a “nuke-free world”. Canada views nuclear capabilities as extremely dangerous and threatening to international peace, and therefore is in favor of seeing a solution that would remove all nuclear weaponry as well as combat illegal nuclear trafficking.
Many other countries hold similar views surrounding nuclear disarmament. In the words of Congo, “Nukes are bad and dumb; we don’t want them.” Further development on these issues will have to play out in order to find a resolution, but the hot topic of nuclear capabilities remains a complex issue that requires global consideration.