CIMUN Chronicle / Article / 1994

US Talks Politics for Nuclear Progress

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As the framework for nuclear development is pieced together, various member countries of the UN Security Council (UNSC), which is responsible for developing the framework, push to assert their own values. In the case of the United States, the value presented is freedom.

The US states its goal is to limit the access to nuclear energy for countries who “have and are conquering other territories”. The US is also working with smaller countries, such as Belgium and Colombia (members of the UNSC who have expressed their concerns about the danger nuclear weapons pose on them) to ensure they come to an agreement on the framework (as well as give support against communism).

The US expands its above statement by saying they want to limit the ability of communist nations to get nuclear weapons. On the matter of the USSR, in particular, the US representative said: “The US does not believe the Soviet Union would utilize these weapons for peaceful purposes”. However, despite the US’s stance, they don’t want to isolate the Soviet Union and cause them to use their ability as a P5 to veto and slow down the process of reaching a resolution.

An example of US policy on the nuclear issue is the Baruch Plan proposed by the US in 1946 which, as put by the US representative “the Soviet Union shut down”. The plan would have spread basic scientific information on any atomic advancements to everyone while also slowly disarming all weapons of mass destruction.

When asked about regulations surrounding energy and mining, the US said: “in this new world with this new technology of atomic weaponry, the Security Council wants to protect and ensure that the public knows that their peace and security is our number one goal”.