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Nuclear free?

September 24th, 2009
05:43 PM ET

(CNN) - The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution calling for nuclear disarmament - a move hailed by U.S. President Barack Obama as significant step.

Obama, the first U.S. President to chair a Security Council meeting, has said that the United States will play a key role in disarmament, seeking an arms reduction treaty with Russia.

"We harbor no illusions about the difficulty of bringing about a world without nuclear weapons," Obama said.

The U.N. resolution comes at a time of growing concern among Western nations over nuclear proliferation, particularly among countries such as Iran and North Korea.

On Thursday's Connect The World, we will look at why nuclear power is back on the agenda. Tell us what you think about the move: Do you think it is a step forward? Is it realistic?

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  1. Alex

    It's definitively a step in the right direction but let's not forget that this move is long overdue. When the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty was signed more than 40 years ago the member states with nuclear weapons made an obligation to undertake measures to reach nuclear disarmament. What has happened so far? Alarmingly little! I praise President Obama for his initiative and I truly hope it will be successful. If the five permanent members slash their arsenals they might be in a much better position in negotiations with states like North Korea and Iran but also with nonsignatory nations like Israel, India and Pakistan. In the medium term those states have to be convinced to come into compliance with the treaty as well if a reduction of the proliferation risk is the goal.

    September 24, 2009 at 6:17 pm | Reply
  2. erwin or irvin

    hi there

    i´m sorry for that point about the communications and the safety of using the net.yes it is safe besides whos gonna believe in a supposed schizo.Good to see that connect the world is back on the front page, good for u and also kisses and hughs to all the personnel like ralitsa michael holmes(blondie) jim maggie and the rest.~
    ´Now about the nuke thing i believe that the US should be very carefull with that issue after all looks like many countries around the globe look for those nukes and they pose a serious threat to US security.
    Its not only Russia that has nukes nowadays and that the security of the state and its people commes first and nukes are a way of keeping them at bay if u know what i mean.
    We can´t gess the future but we must protect ourselves from it.and the world were living in its not very friendly to US and its troops.
    I believe that a issue like that should bring together all the countries that own nukes and see what happens keeping in mind always the protection of the united states.
    it doesn´t look good i know but security commes first and besides with the treath posed by terrorist has well we never know if one day we have to use them.
    Also i felt said about the talks between britain and US didn´t turn out in a bilateral pact like in the past.
    UK has always been US best allie someone US can relly on.

    yours faithfully,

    September 24, 2009 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  3. Muthyavan.

    Nuclear free world congratulation to President Barack Obama and to the other UN security council members it is really another step toward achiving a just world peace. Diplomacy and joint consultation must take the place of nuclear weapons in achiving a friendly good relation among all world powers.

    September 25, 2009 at 12:24 am | Reply
  4. Muthyavan.

    A Nuclear free world congratulation to President Barack Obama and to the other UN security council members it is really another step toward achieving a just world peace. Diplomacy and joint consultation must take the place of nuclear weapons in achieving a friendly good relation among all world powers.

    September 25, 2009 at 12:26 am | Reply
  5. erwin or irvin

    hi there

    its the schizo once again and since yesterday we already issued comments on the nuke proliferation it is important to discuss mattters like iran.Most of iran air defenses and missiles ground-air are near the border of iraq and some in the south but there is a wide spot from were troops can get in if necessary the agencies already have that covered don´t u think?.and also the interior sea.its good for movement and clean.But it is unwise to spread troops any further at this point and also to start another war.
    Sanctions will do no good in my opinion what trully matters is to get inside once again using locals for information and also trying to settle other forms of energy to deprive them of the claim that they need more energy and that nuclear energy is the solution.
    Perhaps renewable sources like solar energy etc that is expensive but after pays out.
    the idea is to scare them with a possibility of an intervention(joint) but do only what is proposed to change their ideal of energy.
    About al-qaeda and the germans US and UK should create a stronger link with germany after all it can be a very powerful allie.
    In the end terrorism will not overcome the ideals for wich we stand for.

    yours faithfully,


    September 25, 2009 at 6:13 pm | Reply
  6. Tom Byrne

    A world without nuclear weapons, I don`t think so . People forget that this is now old technology, over 64 years old. Whether a Sovernign State would ever use such a weapon against another State may be doubtful, but small amounts of radioactive materials can also cause mayhem for long periods of time, if in the wrong hands. I believe that a stronger IAEA would greatly reduce the danger of latter. We need to be able to account for all of the produced materials, through mining, civil use ,State use & the recycling / storage of spent by-products, thus reducing the risk further.
    But this will probably be implimented after someone gets kicked in the groin..

    September 28, 2009 at 12:44 pm | Reply
  7. erwin or irvin

    Hi there

    What happens when our dream of bringing the entire human race together fails?
    That is an option that should be considered because there are to many men that are not willing of joining free markets and achiving peace.
    In that case we have to carry the sword once again.
    Always remember keep your friends close and your enemies even closer with that i mean that all countries that are willing to disturb world peace should be well supervised sanctioned and even considered a military intervention.´
    Its time to bring respect to the consideration.
    The respect is not the same than fear in pshycological terms but maquievel once wrotte in the prince that is better to be feared than loved.theres not so many betrayals.
    Us and Uk have to consider that has the top potencies of the west hemisphere they should not tolerate misrespect to the worlds conduct and proper behaviour.
    Any attempts by whosoever will result in na action that is what the world has to learn.
    Know things are getting complicated with iran.a proper inspection will do?or is it also required this time to stay on the field monitorizing everything?second choice in my opinion.
    About afgh things are smoothling down even thou there were some regretable losses.
    About Somália i dont know if the portuguese are still in command or not but if they are forget about it and do trains of ships escorted like in WWII against german subs.
    About myself i spent a normal day never understanding well this people and their reasons.(here in Portugal we do not seem to understand ourselves and i ask your advise to that)
    Remember when i said that we should know where our hand is most required?
    For me its still in the US or UK.
    Too bad that only a few of u think that way.
    By the way this place seems to be full of EMF emissions too bad they dont seem to care.
    I continue with the same health problems and can´t understand why so many things happen i´ll continue in the twillight zone.anyway i shall never surrender.its our way.
    Why is there so many people that hates me?
    I must have donne something right.
    Kisses and hughs to all,

    Yours sincerely,


    September 29, 2009 at 7:12 pm | Reply
  8. Prophet Cyrus

    The voice of the lord in the storm.

    Praise the LORD, you heavenly beings; praise his glory and power. Praise the LORD’S glorious name; bow down before the Holy One when he appears.

    The voice of the LORD is heard on the seas; the glorious God thunders, and his voice echoes over the ocean. The voice of the LORD is heard in all its might and majesty.

    The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars, even the cedars of Lebanon. He makes the mountains of Lebanon jump like calves and makes Mount Hermon leap like a young bull.

    The voice of the LORD makes the lightning flash. His voice makes the desert shake; he shakes the desert of Kadesh.

    The LORD’S voice shakes the oaks and strips the leaves from the tress while everyone in his Temple shouts, “Glory to God!”

    The LORD rules over the deep waters; he rules as King for ever.

    The LORD gives strength to his people and blesses them with peace.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:33 pm | Reply
  9. Reezun

    I question the idea of a nuclear free world. Sure, it would be great to have a nuclear free world, but it's the same idea of taking guns out of the hands of the law abiding citizens, while the unlawful gangs, etc, run amuck, and do as they please, as the black market runs wild. You think North Korea is going to agree to give up their nukes? LOL Good luck with that!

    October 14, 2009 at 12:32 am | Reply

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