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2010 Nuclear Weapon Report Card Highlights Current Threats

AfghanAssessing Progress on Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament: 2009-2010 Report Card The Arms Control Association recently issued this report, which rates the nuclear nonproliferation activities of China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, India, Israel, Pakistan, North Korea, Iran and Syria. All of the above States possess nuclear weapons except Iran and Syria, which are currently under investigation for possible nuclear weapon-related activities. The author of the report, Peter Crail, believes that "the findings of our 2009-2010 Report Card suggest that the global system that has been established over the decades to reduce nuclear weapons dangers is neither on the verge of crumbling nor on the cusp of success." Crail continues to point out that "some nuclear weapon possessor states, including China, India, and Pakistan, continue to build up their nuclear arsenals, while the United States and Russia continue to maintain their weapons on high alert." Within the report, no States received an overall grade of "A." The United States, United Kingdom, and France were awarded the highest grade of a "B." North Korea, Iran, and Syria received the lowest grades due to their disregard for IAEA safeguards and involvement in nuclear weapons-related export violations. Crail claims that these States "must be persuaded to come back into compliance with nuclear nonproliferation standards and requirements, or else confidence in the system and their claims not to be pursuing nuclear weapons will deteriorate.”