SE Asia to Adopt New Plan on Nuclear – Free Zone

This is good news:

MANILA (Reuters) – Foreign ministers from Southeast Asia are due to adopt a five-year work plan on Sunday to strengthen the implementation of a treaty banning nuclear weapons in the region, a Philippine diplomat said.

Since 1997, a treaty creating the South East Asian Nuclear Weapons Free Zone (SEANWFZ) has been in force in the region, limiting the use of nuclear power by members to peaceful purposes, such as power generation.

The 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have all signed the treaty.

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7 Responses to SE Asia to Adopt New Plan on Nuclear – Free Zone

  1. str8shooter says:

    I don’t see what the big deal is, it’s not like any of the member nations of ASEAN have the financial wherewithall, facilities, or scientific experience to be able to build a proper deliverable Thermonuclear weapon and Delivery System in the first place, so they came up with this little stunt to cover the fact that they couldn’t do it even if they wanted to.

    That’s about as lame as the 98lb bespectacled little girl President of the High School Newspaper telling the 200lb captain of the football team that “I can kick your ass, but I don’t WANT to”.

  2. verbena19 says:

    I don’t know what capabilities those countries do/do not have, but nevertheless, their SEANWFZ is a step in the right direction. Too bad the ‘big muscle boys’ will not do likewise.

  3. str8shooter says:

    V,

    The “big muscle boys”, at least the ones South of your border, are the ones whose nuclear arsenal has protected you for the past 5 decades, I think a little perspective is in order, don’t you?

  4. verbena19 says:

    Perspective, yes, but I still would much rather see a nuke-free world.

  5. str8shooter says:

    V,

    So would I! I’d also much rather see a criminal free world, and a dictator free world, and while we’re working on our wish lists, how about a stupid free world, but I don’t see any of those happening any time soon, so until we do, we’re going to retain our Right to have whatever weapons we deem necessary in order to protect ourselves as well as our friends and allies (even if some of our, and their, citizens don’t quite understand the concept).

  6. verbena19 says:

    So we’ve begun another arms race. And you think this is a good thing? How far will we go, until we have reached MAD??

  7. str8shooter says:

    Who has started “another arms race” V? All they’ve done is admit that they don’t have what it takes to defend themselves, so they’ll continue to have to depend on others to defend them.

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