Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century   [open pdf - 50KB]

"Thank you so much for the introduction, Ryan and Jennifer. Thanks also to the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy and Heal Utah for hosting this event and a special thanks to Senator Jake Garn for being here tonight. I am so pleased to be here. It is a perfect time to be visiting the beautiful state of Utah. I spent yesterday in Saint George and today I have been to Ogden. Tomorrow I will make it down to Provo. It's like a one-woman whistle-stop tour for nuclear policy. I am very pleased to see so many people here tonight -- it is heartening to see the interest that I have seen in this issue throughout the state. While we are gathered here today in Salt Lake, the world is facing serious challenges: the threats to Ukraine's sovereignty and Russia's flagrant disregard for international law, the continuing conflicts in the Middle East, a dangerous Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has now travelled to our shores. It is not surprising that most people are not focused on nuclear weapons or nuclear deterrence. When the Cold War ended, the looming threat of nuclear war seemed to drift away for the average American. When was the last time you even heard of someone doing a duck-and-cover drill or building a bomb shelter in their backyard? Unfortunately, there are still thousands and thousands of nuclear weapons in the world. The threat from these weapons is real and in fact, it may have increased due to the threat from nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists."

Author:Gottemoeller, Rose E. (Rose Eilene), 1953-
Publisher:United States. Department of State
Copyright:Public Domain
Retrieved From:United States Department of State: http://www.state.gov/
Media Type:application/pdf
Source:Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century. Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah. October 21, 2014.
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