Are nuclear weapons so horrible that they are effectively unusable?

Professor Ramesh Thakur is a director of the Crawford School of Public Policy at the ANU and was Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations 1998–2007.

Priorities after the 2015 NPT Review Conference
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Center for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Director Ramesh Thakur discusses the Iran nuclear program negotiations, the stumbling blocks and how close the two sides are to a deal. He speaks to Bloomberg’s Rishaad Salamat on “Trending Business.” (Source: Bloomberg)

In May 1998, India conducted five nuclear tests. In agreeing to sell uranium to India, Australia becomes the latest country to accept, if with regrets and resignation rather than enthusiasm, the reality of India being a nuclear-armed state for the foreseeable future.

Back in August 2011, the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, said that nuclear disarmament would greatly contribute to world peace and stability, and should be addressed immediately.

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