But why would the countries that had nuclear weapons agree to this What The

But why would the countries that had nuclear weapons

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But why would the countries that had nuclear weapons agree to this? What? The United States and the USSR and China? All agree that yes, we should have a treaty which limits nuclear weapons. Why would the haves have voted for this? Think about it lthink oh, I can see the wheels turning in your head because it put them into a position of being the only countries that had the power. Of course, if you're the only one that has something and the whole world's gonna vote that no one else will have it, it's like cool. You just made me more special, you just made me more powerful because now us five countries with nuclear weapons, you've now set it in concrete that nobody else is going to get them. We are now more powerful and will stay more powerful than everybody else in perpetuity. So that's why the NPT became kind of this magical entity that everybody supported, yeah. Almost everybody Not the entire planet signed up for the NPT. I said 189 members. You know now there's like 192 or 193 countries. Who are the three or four that didn't sign it hold on to that thought for just a minute? Let's talk about what the NPT does first. The NPT or the Non-Proliferation Treaty is a three pillar system, that means it pretty much has the three main goals in mind, and that is 1 Non-Proliferation, two, ...Disarmament and three, ...the right to peacefully use nuclear technology, in other words, nuclear energy technology. Okay, the Non-Proliferation one that's easy. The number one, Non-Proliferation means that all the signatories of this treaty promise to not sell nuclear weapons to anybody not give nuclear weapons to anybody and most importantly actually not give away nuclear weapons technology not give away nuclear weapons Information to anybody to then go, who then go build a bomb, huh? Non-proliferation, non spread, stop the spread of nuclear weapons. That's number one, that's easy. We all get that. Number two is equally easy, disarmament. Of course that's referring to the powers that already have nuclear weapons, should work towards getting rid of the weapons that they have or at least disarming some of them get rid of some of them, and that's actually increased a lot in our lifetimes. Since the end of the Cold War, both the Soviets now Russians and the United States folks looked at each other and said holy crap we have like a hell ton of bombs and we had enough bombs to kill everyone on the whole planet. What the hell we supposed to do only shit now? We're not even had a cold war anymore, we're not a hot war that we can use them in either. Increasingly States looked at this stuff and said we can't even use these because they are ultimate destruction and are we really going to, no matter how much we hate a country, ultimately kill every single citizen in it?
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I mean that's a big tough decision to make and so these weapons are largely not really going to be employed, perhaps, ever so even the US and Russia has said yeah, okay, we will decrease the number of active warheads.
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