Breaking News! The leaders of North Korea and Iran have agreed to limit the number of ready-to-launch nuclear weapons they have to 1,500 each, with additional nuclear warheads available to be placed on more missiles, should the nations decide to go to blast their enemies.
Good news, right? Of course, it’s not exactly true. A disarmament deal of this variety has been reached, just not between Iran and North Korea. The deal was agreed to by Russia and the United States.
Yes, this agreement is a step in the right direction, but it’s one step that’s many miles from the end of that path. If we here in the USA are freaking out about the idea of North Korea or Iran having just a handful of nuclear weapons, then we cannot reasonably expect the world to be impressed with an agreement to reduce our nuclear arsenal to 1,500, plus a whole lot of spares in the atomic closet.