Weapons of mass destruction continue to pose a big threat to world peace. This is despite various treaties put in place to counter this problem. While the treaties have achieves some degree of disarmament and most nations remaining free of WMDs, they have failed in stooping proliferation testing and development of new weapons. This has been due to failure by various signatory nations to comply with the rule law and due to inequalities of the laws. Political commitment to equitable laws would remove the threat.
Introduction North Korea claims to be matching on with its nuclear program since its withdrawal as on signatory of non-proliferation treaty in 2003. It also boasts of having successfully tested its nuclear program causing a lot of concern from the US and its neighbors South Korea and Japan. India has twice tested its nuclear technology. In 1974 as it engaged the break away state of Pakistan in an arms race and it also had bad relations with china.
It developed nuclear warfare under guise of industrial use at only to carry out weapon tests later. Its first test came unexpectedly for many nations. In the late Nineties, India engaged in another arms race with Pakistan as their fight over Kashmir worsened. Pakistan on its part developed nuclear power in response to the first tests by India. It was backed by backed by the West since India was seen to have socialist leanings. It was able to come up with poorly developed nuclear weaponry in the eighties with the help of china.
Its nuclear program matured in the 1990s culminating in to a successful test in response to second Indian test in 1998. Israel has also developed nuclear power and is highly suspected of stockpiling nuclear weapons. This has unsettled its Arabs neighbors in the volatile Middle East region. Iran, Libya and Syria are some of the Arab nations linked to nuclear developments. Iran has come out to defend itself arguing that it nuclear program is for peaceful uses rather weapon production.
The West is deeply concerned and is proposing strict sanctions be put in place against Iran’s fundamentalist government. The US is also contemplating taking military action similar to invasion of Iraq. In 2001, the US experienced an Anthrax attacks alongside the 9/11 attacks. While this analysis focuses mostly on nuclear weapons, it goes on to show that weapons of mass destruction are still a major threat to world peace. It also shows that the nuclear technology has permeated to several countries outside the nuclear club (Nuclear Weapon States).
The NWS was formed after signing of the Non-Proliferation Treaty to contain nuclear developments within that group only. This was to alleviate a situation where the weapons were in the hands of uncontrollable government or group. Members of the NSW themselves have continued to expand weapons programs. Proliferation of WMDS continues to pose problems in the world today. This shows the inability of international law put in place to control weapons of mass destruction.