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    Does USA have the right to have atomic bombs ?

    inspired by X's thread.thanks for voting.
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    Re: Does USA have the right to have atomic bombs ?

    Without a context this is rather fruitless.

    In terms of the NPT, the US is listed as a nuclear-weapon state. By interpretation and association of the agreement we have the right to have nuclear weapons. It all comes down to how many and what other agreements we make with other nuclear-weapon states.

    BTW as advice, the terminology of the question is misleading. There is a difference between an atomic, or nuclear fission, bomb and a hydrogen, or nuclear fusion, bomb. The easiest way to discuss the subject is the terminology as listed in the NPT and reference the weapons as a whole by nuclear weapons.
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    Re: Does USA have the right to have atomic bombs ?

    Yes.

    The U.S. and only the U.S. in my opinion.

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    Re: Does USA have the right to have atomic bombs ?

    Quote Originally Posted by OrphanSlug View Post
    Without a context this is rather fruitless.

    In terms of the NPT, the US is listed as a nuclear-weapon state. By interpretation and association of the agreement we have the right to have nuclear weapons. It all comes down to how many and what other agreements we make with other nuclear-weapon states.

    BTW as advice, the terminology of the question is misleading. There is a difference between an atomic, or nuclear fission, bomb and a hydrogen, or nuclear fusion, bomb. The easiest way to discuss the subject is the terminology as listed in the NPT and reference the weapons as a whole by nuclear weapons.
    "Atomic bomb" is a long-standing term meaning any sort of nuclear weapon. It's a bit old fashioned these days, but I'm pretty sure it was used in that context in the poll. And certainly we have a right to have them because there is no law or principle that denies us the ability to have them on either moral or practical grounds.

    It would have been very unpleasant for us had we not defeated Germany before they built a working atomic bomb. And we were then blessed by a lot of German brain power that enabled us to complete a working bomb before Japan got their nuclear program out of the laboratory stage. A working bomb in the hands of the Japanese prior to the end of WWII would also have been a very grim scenario for the USA. And if we had not built sufficient nuclear weapons to achieve deterrent parity with the USSR soon after WWII ended, the world might be a very different place, and not in a good way, than what it is.

    The world is a much safer place because the USA has a sufficient nuclear arsenal and ability to use it on very short notice.
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    Re: Does USA have the right to have atomic bombs ?

    From a legal standpoint, there doesn't seem to be anything prohibiting the US (or pretty much any other nation) having nuclear weapons.

    I think an more interesting question is whether there could ever be a viable situation where it would be legally and morally acceptable to actually use them?

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    Re: Does USA have the right to have atomic bombs ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Medusa View Post
    inspired by X's thread.thanks for voting.
    Of course we have a right to them. Any country has a right to them. The trouble comes when a country that is considered a menace to others is or has acquired them and that;s where negotiation comes into play in the way of sanctions or punishment is administered to pressure said country away from nuclear arms.
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    Re: Does USA have the right to have atomic bombs ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dayton3 View Post
    Yes.

    The U.S. and only the U.S. in my opinion.
    why ? Mr fascist imperialist ?
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    Re: Does USA have the right to have atomic bombs ?

    Quote Originally Posted by HonestJoe View Post
    From a legal standpoint, there doesn't seem to be anything prohibiting the US (or pretty much any other nation) having nuclear weapons.

    I think an more interesting question is whether there could ever be a viable situation where it would be legally and morally acceptable to actually use them?
    so vote other please
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    Re: Does USA have the right to have atomic bombs ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Medusa View Post
    inspired by X's thread.thanks for voting.
    Of course it does. It is, however, supposed to run down its arsenal, when that becomes possible. With proliferation on the increase and world security structure becoming less stable, the reduction will have to wait. As a matter of fact the probability that the weapons will have to be used is increasing steadily.

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    Re: Does USA have the right to have atomic bombs ?

    I don't think that "right" is a good word. When it comes to nuclear weapons when the cat is out of the bag...there's no putting it bad in.

    That's the whole point of preventing nuclear weapons from spreading. For one, at this point all of the more stable nations in the world have them and those gaining them currently are typically not nearly as stable. Pakistan anyone?

    Second of all, the US having them does act as a deterrent from others using them. N Korea would never launch a nuke at the south because it would never be worth the cost...the US has the means to ensure no one in the North survives.

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