2023-02-22 18:54:23

As Putin Suspends New START Treaty, Is There Still Hope for Nuclear Disarmament?

Russian President Vladmir Putin's announcement that Moscow would suspend its participation in the New START treaty threatens to end the last remaining nuclear arms control agreement between the United States and Russia. Putin made the pledge during his annual State of the Nation address on Tuesday, when he accused Western nations of provoking the conflict in Ukraine. The treaty limits the U.S. and Russian strategic nuclear weapon stockpiles and gives each country opportunities to inspect the other's nuclear sites. Russia says it will continue to respect the caps established by the treaty, but that it will no longer allow inspections. For more on the treaty and the wider challenge of nuclear proliferation, we speak with Dr. Ira Helfand, a longtime advocate for nuclear disarmament, who says the need to end nuclear weapons "transcends" all other issues between the U.S. and Russia. "If we don't get rid of nuclear weapons, they're going to be used. And if they're used, nothing else that we're doing is going to make any difference," says Helfand. He is the former president of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which received the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize, a member of the steering group of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, as well as the co-founder and past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Democracy Now! produces a daily, global, independent news hour hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González. Our reporting includes breaking daily news headlines and in-depth interviews with people on the front lines of the world’s most pressing issues. 

On DN!, you’ll hear a diversity of voices speaking for themselves, providing a unique and sometimes provocative perspective on global events.

Missed an episode?  Check out DN on FSTV VOD anytime or visit the show page for the latest clips.

#FreeSpeechTV is one of the last standing national, independent news networks committed to advancing progressive social change. 

#FSTV is available on Dish, DirectTV, AppleTV, Roku, Sling, and online at freespeech.org.

Dr. Ira Helfand International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War Russian President Vladmir Putin'

Politics

This Week In White Supremacy- Presented by 1HoodMedia

This Week in White Supremacy | False Idols

This Week in White Supremacy | False Idols

The Stephanie Miller Show

Stephanie Miller | A Justice System Out for Vengeance

Stephanie Miller | A Justice System Out for Vengeance

This Week In White Supremacy- Presented by 1HoodMedia

This Week In White Supremacy | Republican Representative Cheers on Racist Actions During Protest

This Week In White Supremacy | Republican Representative Cheers on Racist Actions During Protest

The David Pakman Show

The David Pakman Show | President Biden Challenges Donald Trump to a Debate

The David Pakman Show | President Biden Challenges Donald Trump to a Debate

Related

Democracy Now!

As Putin Suspends New START Treaty, Is There Still Hope for Nuclear Disarmament?

As Putin Suspends New START Treaty, Is There Still Hope for Nuclear Disarmament?

Democracy Now!

Nuclear War Risk Rises as Tension Mounts Between Nuclear Superpowers over Ukraine

Nuclear War Risk Rises as Tension Mounts Between Nuclear Superpowers over Ukraine

Proud Partners