|Solana: North Korea could spark global arms race|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Thursday, 12 October 2006 00:00|
Javier Solana, the High Representative for the European Common, Foreign and Security Policy has warned that the United Nations Security Council must act now, or the world could face a global nuclear arms race. Javier Solana condemned the recent North Korean nuclear test.
Quote: ""It is an act which we condemn and protest against most vigorously," Mr Solana told the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday (11 October), following Monday's nuclear test in North Korea near the border with China. He said that the nuclear test "is a threat to the region and constitutes a hostile act to security and stability to the whole world," adding it "could lead to further consequences in accelerating the arms race around the world."
Unless the UN shows some teeth and acts against North Korea, which has continually lied and deceived the world in regard to its nuclear programme, other nations that feel threatened by North Korea may feel the need to arm themselves. Such is the case with Saudi Arabia and Egypt which have stated their desires to acquire nuclear weapons to defend themselves against Iran - or Israel.
Quote: "Top Egyptian officials agree that the current situation is unstable. In their opinion, the choice ahead is rather simple: either Israel gives up its nukes or the Arab nations will become nuclear powers - the former being unlikely, the later seemingly unavoidable. "The Middle East cannot have one nuclear state. It may live with two nuclear states, but certainly not one," said Amro Moussa, a former Egyptian foreign minister. President Mubarak himself has warned the world of this gloomy reality. "We have a nuclear reactor at Inshas, and we have very capable experts. If the time comes when we need nuclear weapons, we will not hesitate," he told the London-based Arabic daily Al-Hayat, in October 1998.
Ahmadinejad, on the other hand, will be watching very closely how North Korea deals with the UN, and no doubt will be taking notes. And this is where just "talking" to men such as Kim Jong II and President Ahmadinejad and has got the world today. Some people think Ahmadinejad and Kim Jong II are mad men. I don't think so, they are highly intelligent people. But they are evil men and must be restrained. If we don't do it now, things will get worse before they get better.