December 22, 2013

South Africa: The Nation That Gave Up Its Nukes

F.W. De Klerk, Los Angeles Times

The Associated Press

It would be a mistake to think that the end of the Cold War also ended the threat posed by nuclear weapons. Nuclear-armed states continue to deploy huge arsenals of nuclear weapons, other states continue with their efforts to acquire nuclear weapons, and there is the alarming possibility that such weapons might fall into the hands of terrorists. Accordingly, it might be helpful to consider the factors that led South Africa to develop nuclear weapons in the 1970s, and the reasons why it decided to dismantle them in 1989.

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TAGGED: Nuclear Weapons, Africa, South Africa, F.W. De Klerk

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