TV News LIES

Friday, Aug 22nd

Last update09:27:15 PM GMT

You are here News International South Africa, the nation that gave up its nukes

South Africa, the nation that gave up its nukes

E-mail Print PDF

de klerkIt would be a mistake to think that the end of the Cold War also ended the threat posed by nuclear weapons. Nuclear-armed states continue to deploy huge arsenals of nuclear weapons, other states continue with their efforts to acquire nuclear weapons, and there is the alarming possibility that such weapons might fall into the hands of terrorists.

Accordingly, it might be helpful to consider the factors that led South Africa to develop nuclear weapons in the 1970s, and the reasons why it decided to dismantle them in 1989.

In 1974, as Soviet influence began expanding in southern Africa, our country decided to build a small number of nuclear bombs. After the collapse of the Portuguese empire in Africa in 1975, South Africa's industrial heartland was suddenly vulnerable to air attack from the Soviet Union's new allies in the region.

The buildup of Cuban forces in Angola from 1975 onward reinforced the perception that a deterrent was necessary, as did South Africa's growing international isolation and the fact that it could not rely on outside assistance in case of an attack.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Iraq militants kill 46 in attack on Sunni mosque

Sunni mosque bombingMilitants targeted a Sunni mosque in a province next to the Iraqi capital during weekly prayers...

US State Department says Israel appears to be targeting family of murdered Arab teen

Marie HarfA State Department spokeswoman accused Israel of targeting the family of murdered Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu...

Hamas executes 11 it claims are Israeli informers

Hamas executes 11Hamas publicly executed 11 men it accused of collaborating with Israel Thursday in apparent retaliation for...

Israeli air strike kills three Hamas commanders in Gaza

Israelis kill Hamas leadersAn Israeli air strike killed three senior Hamas commanders in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, a...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!