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The UN's Nuclear Kumbaya Moment

National Security Desk · Jul. 17, 2017

Mark the date: July 2017 is the month the world moved to avert nuclear annihilation via the UN’s Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Earlier this month, 122 nations signaled their determination to sign the nuclear proscription that paves the way for a global utopia. According to The New York Times, “It will be open for signature by any member state starting on Sept. 20 during the annual General Assembly and would enter into legal force 90 days after being ratified by 50 countries.” Once ratified, the signatories cannot “develop, test, produce, manufacture, otherwise acquire, possess or stockpile nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices.”

Barack Obama must be proud. After all, it’s been a dream of his since college to achieve nuclear disarmament. There’s just one colossal problem: The world’s most dangerous regimes don’t care. As The Wall Street Journal editorializes, “Kim Jong Un’s North Korea hasn’t declared where it stands on the treaty, perhaps because it’s too busy building more nuclear weapons and missiles to deploy them. But you’ll be pleased to know Iran is on board. This may have something to do with the treaty’s provision that allows ‘research, production and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes,’ without defining what ‘peaceful’ means.”

Sound familiar? It should. For Iran at least, the UN crackdown will be about as effective as Obama’s feeble deal with the mullahs — which is to say, it’s pointless and downright idiotic. Meanwhile, Kim is getting ever-so-closer to finalizing long-range nuclear warheads. As the WSJ editors snidely conclude, “If the U.N.‘s record holds, this new treaty will take effect right about the time Kim Jong Un launches a nuclear attack.” But hey, at least the UN can say it had a beautiful kumbaya moment.

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