Robert M. Gates, The Wall Street Journal
I first began working on strategic arms control with the Russians in 1970, an effort that led to the first Strategic Arms Limitation Agreement with Moscow two years later.
The key question then and in the decades since has always been the same: Is the United States better off with an agreement or without it? The answer for each successive president has always been "with an agreement." The U.S. Senate has always agreed, approving each treaty by lopsided, bipartisan margins.
The same answer holds true for the New START agreement: The U.S. is far better off with this treaty than without it.
C. Raja Mohan, Indian Express
As the international community reviews the Non-Proliferation Treaty this month at the United Nations in New York, India must reaffirm its commitment to the global nuclear order and take steps to strengthen the NPT system.
Rebecca Johnson, openDemocracy
The first week of the Conference to review the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in New York has been dominated by the US policy agenda. Yet this is a very different Conference from five years ago, when the United States was viewed as a major spoiler after the Bush administration used procedural tactics to avoid being held to account for reneging on disarmament and other treaty commitments.
Sebnem Arsu, The New York Times
Turkey and Russia signed 17 agreements on Wednesday to enhance cooperation in energy and other fields, including pacts to build Turkey’s first nuclear power plant and furthering plans for an oil pipeline from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean.
Otto Kreisher, CongressDaily
White House arms control coordinator Gary Samore expressed confidence Tuesday that Republican concerns over the safety and effectiveness of the U.S. strategic nuclear weapons stockpile would not prevent Senate approval of the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia.
Jon Herskovitz, Reuters
North Korea, one of the world's poorest countries, said on Wednesday it had succeeded in creating a nuclear fusion reaction to produce energy, a claim called absurd by nuclear experts.