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Nuclear Proliferation

  1. 1. US Response to Nuclear Threats By Matt Thornton and Zach Taylor
  2. 2. Nuclear Proliferation <ul><li>What is nuclear proliferation? </li></ul><ul><li>Nuclear proliferation is the process when a certain country is permitted to build nuclear weapons. </li></ul><ul><li>This has been a very controversial topic for the United States because it is unknown what certain countries will do with these weapons. </li></ul>
  3. 3. U.S. Policy- India and Pakistan <ul><li>President George Bush lifted the sanctions on Pakistan and India and allowed them to continue building the weapons. </li></ul><ul><li>There was some controversy over the idea that Pakistani scientists were leaking information to Iranians. </li></ul><ul><li>This was proved false after an investigation of Pakistan. </li></ul>
  4. 5. U.S. Policy- North Korea and Iran <ul><li>The decision for these two countries is an ongoing process. </li></ul><ul><li>However, George Bush made an attempt to have the United Nation (UN) stop both countries from building these weapons. </li></ul><ul><li>The Bush administration has had many sanctions put on these countries but despite the loss of trade these countries continue to produce their weapons. </li></ul>
  5. 7. Obama’s Policy <ul><li>Although President Obama is new to the White House, his policy on Nuclear Proliferation is already different from the Bush administration. </li></ul><ul><li>The Obama administration is leaning more towards the policy of negotiation, being willing to talk to Iran while still being firm that they will not be allowed to get Nuclear weapons. </li></ul>
  6. 8. North Korea <ul><li>North Korea has made many countries nervous with their construction of nuclear weapons. </li></ul><ul><li>Over the years there were many allegations against North Korea such as drug-smuggling, money laundering and wide spread counterfeiting. </li></ul>
  7. 9. Iran <ul><li>The reason for Iran being sanctioned for nuclear weapons is because of their conflict with Israel. </li></ul><ul><li>The leader of Iran stated that he would use these weapons to attack the opposing Israel. </li></ul>
  8. 11. Pakistan <ul><li>The United States formally lifted sanctions against Pakistan in 2001 for having nuclear weapons. </li></ul><ul><li>In 2003 the U.S. lifted other sanctions that were imposed on Pakistan following President Musharaf’s coup in 1999 </li></ul>
  9. 12. India <ul><li>Much like Pakistan, the U.S. lifted sanctions on India in 2001 to show them our friendship. </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said, &quot;[India] has a 30-year record of responsible behavior on nonproliferation matters .” </li></ul>
  10. 13. Why is this important? <ul><li>Nuclear Proliferation is important because if we allow certain countries to have nuclear capabilities they may be used for evil. </li></ul><ul><li>Countries such as Iran and North Korea have shown that given nuclear weapons, they will use them to harm other countries. We cannot allow this to happen. </li></ul>
  11. 14. Why is this important? (cont…) <ul><li>The total effects nuclear technology has made on our world is unknown, it is dangerous technology and can not be given to countries lightly. </li></ul><ul><li>Whether or not Iran and North Korea will obtain weapons is yet to be seen and the topic of Nuclear Proliferation will continue as well. </li></ul>
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