Posted by: bklunk | April 18, 2007

Great Shades of Khruschev and Kennedy

The author’s question is right on target. You don’t want to make a mistake when playing chicken. 

Nuclear Weapons Agreement « International Relations

In an article in the Hindu titled, “Indo-Pak Agreement on reducing risk from accidents relating to nuclear weapons,” the full text articles of an agreement between India and Pakistan were listed. I found it interesting that in these two nuclear powers set out in an agreement provisions to prevent miscommunications which might result in nuclear war. Is this what we fear other nations without nuclear power will fail to do if they become nuclear powers?

“Article-1 Each Party shall maintain and improve, as it deems necessary, existing national measures including organizational and technical arrangements, to guard against accidents related to nuclear weapons under its control. Article-2 The Parties shall notify each other immediately in the event of any accident relating to nuclear weapons, under their respective jurisdiction or control, which could create the risk of a radioactive fallout, with adverse consequences for both sides, or create the risk of an outbreak of a nuclear war between the two countries. In the event of such an accident the Party within whose jurisdiction or control the accident has taken place will immediately take necessary measures to minimize the radiological consequences of such an accident. The obligation of a Party to notify shall be in respect of only such accidents which may result in an international transboundary release that could be of radiological safety significance or have security implication for the other Party. Article-3 In the event of occurrence of an accident of the type referred to in Article-2 of this Agreement: (i) Each Party shall act in such a manner as to reduce the possibilities of its actions being misinterpreted by the other Party; (ii) In case of likely impact of the accident on the other party, the first Party shall inform the other Party forthwith with relevant information.”

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