It is irresponsible of US President Donald Trump to unilaterally withdraw his country from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (Irish Examiner, February 2 ).
It was signed in 1987 by then US president Ronald Reagan and general secretary of the Soviet communist party Mikhail Gorbachev, largely due to the moral pressure from throughout the world for an end to the nuclear arms race and the threat of annihilation that had characterised the Cold War.
Now, with one stroke of his pen, Donald Trump has suspended his country’s compliance with the terms of this vital treaty and he has restarted the madness of a nuclear arms race, the culmination of which could be as destructive for the aggressor as for the victim.
There can be no justification for any nation to develop nuclear arms.
The argument that the posession of more powerful nuclear weapons is a deterrent against attack by another nuclear-armed country is a fallacy.
The world is fortunate that Japan did not possess nuclear weapons to retaliate against the atomic attack by the United States in August of 1945, at the end of the Second World War.
The world’s civilian population must once again muster to prevent not alone the development of more powerful nuclear weaponry, but also their inevitable proliferation.
Equally, the US Congress has a moral duty to rein in their irresponsible president, who is threatening not alone his country, but the world, with mass destruction by his crazy repudiation of this nuclear arms treaty.