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Donald J. Trump
The DPRK consistently supports the total elimination of nuclear weapons and the efforts for denuclearization of the entire world.feedback
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Oct 17 2017
You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about Nuclear weapons. 164 people are quoted and you can read 251 citations of them about Nuclear weapons. Benjamin Netanyahu, Barack Obama, Jeremy Corbyn and Rex W. Tillerson, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Benjamin Netanyahu said: “If the Iran deal is left unchanged, one thing is absolutely certain: In a few years' time, the world's foremost terrorist regime will have an arsenal of nuclear weapons, and that's a tremendous danger for our collective future. President Trump has just created an opportunity to fix this bad deal, to roll back Iran's aggression and to confront its criminal support of terrorism. That's why Israel embraces this opportunity, and that's why every responsible government, and any person concerned with the peace and security of the world should do so as well.”.
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All quotes about Nuclear weapons

Joe Scarborough

Several months ago, a foreign policy expert on the international level went to advise Donald Trump. And three times, [Trump] asked about the use of nuclear weapons. Three times. He asked at one point, if we had them, why can't we use them?feedback

Edward J. Markey

Increasingly, senators and members of Congress are going to come to the conclusion that there has to be a firewall that is erected so that a single human being cannot impulsively launch nuclear weapons.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

Our big concern, with regard to North Korea, is that it is very unlikely that the North Korean dictatorship would sign an international agreement in which it agrees to renounce nuclear weapons when the one agreement like this (with Iran) is being called into question.feedback

Berit Reiss-Andersen

We are not kicking anybody's leg with this prize. We are giving great encouragement and want to help ICAN focus on the extremely seriously problem that the world is facing. People of the world don't want to be defended with nuclear weapons.feedback

Sunao Tsuboi

As long as I live, I hope to work toward a realization of a world without nuclear weapons with ICAN and many other people.feedback

Beatrice Fihn

Nuclear weapons are illegal. Threatening to use nuclear weapons is illegal. Having nuclear weapons, possessing nuclear weapons, developing nuclear weapons, is illegal, and they need to stop.feedback

Vladimir Putin

They know all that and see the possession of nuclear weapons and missile technology as their only form of self-defence. Do you think they're going to give that up? We need to gradually integrate North Korea into regional co-operation.feedback

Austen Hartke

He was saying nuclear weapons don't promote life, and messing with a bi-gender view of humanity was something that was destructive. The main gist is gender-conforming surgeries for people are life-saving for trans folks. They do provide life in a definite and distinct way. [Francis] just isn't familiar with how these things work. I hope the more trans people he meets, his views change a bit.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

You'd be foolish to think you're going to sit down and say: 'OK, done, nuclear weapons gone'. This is going to be a process of engagement with North Korea that will be step-wise.feedback

Vipin Narang

If our opening bid is denuclearization, that just seems like a Western fantasy at this point. What incentive does Kim have to give them up at this point? If that's our only acceptable end point, I don't see any way that he willingly gives up his nuclear weapons.feedback

Jeffrey Lewis

There is some research about seat belts – early on, it seems, drivers with seat belts drove more aggressively. Nuclear weapons, for some leaders, do the same thing.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

The prevailing security challenges cannot be an excuse for continued reliance on nuclear weapons and for abrogating our shared responsibility to seek a more peaceful international society.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

It's an almost tragic situation where the only existing agreement to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons is in jeopardy at a time when we are seeing other countries like North Korea acquiring nuclear weapons and we need such processes more than ever.feedback

Mike Pence

We do not desire a military conflict. But the president has made it very clear, as he did at the U.N. this week, that all options are on the table and we are simply not going to tolerate a rogue regime in Pyongyang obtaining usable nuclear weapons that could be mounted on a ballistic missile and threaten the people of the United States or our allies.feedback

Nick Pope - Deloitte

The people promoting this prediction seem to be doing so because of religious belief, tenuously linking the recent eclipse with Biblical passages, including one from the Book of Revelations. I suspect the reasons include self-publicity and the desire to promote their particular brand of evangelical Christianity. All this isn't to say that there aren't some existential threats out there, but if people want to worry about something, they should probably worry about North Korean missiles, or about Iran acquiring nuclear weapons, not about Nibiru.feedback

Tom Collina

We've been working towards the elimination of nuclear weapons for 70 years now, so it's a long-term process.feedback

Nikki Haley

We have to be realistic. Is there anyone who thinks that North Korea would ban nuclear weapons?feedback

Tom Collina

It's not like the US would unilaterally disarm and hope that everyone else did–it would be a coordinated process. Of course, the US would never give up nuclear weapons in the face of a threat from North Korea, but the point of an international ban treaty is that all nations would get together and figure out together how to get rid of them.feedback

Tom Collina

It's an important show of intent from the international community. It's an important stigma on nuclear weapons that they be banned internationally like other weapons of mass destruction, such as chemical and biological weapons. Why does North Korea want nuclear weapons? They want them because they perceive a threat coming from the US. A negotiated settlement could solve that.feedback

Yanmei Xie

How can Kim not conclude from this that Americans will not rest until his regime is topple and that giving up nuclear weapons is suicidal?feedback

Hassan Rouhani

So we will never go towards production of nuclear weapons, just as in the past we never intended to go towards that path nor did we ever. It has always been peaceful.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

In the last few months, we've all seen how dangerous even a few nuclear weapons can be in the hands of a small rogue regime. Now imagine the danger of hundreds of nuclear weapons in the reins of a vast Iranian empire, with the missiles to deliver them anywhere on earth.feedback

Spencer Ackerman - The Guardian

Sovereignty is not a point prior American presidents have pressed. When global leaders invoke sovereignty, they usually mean that no one possesses the right to oppose what they unleash within their borders. American presidents typically tailor their speeches at the UN to counterbalance a due respect for national sovereignty with calls for collective action against genocide, terrorism, disease, poverty, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.feedback

Stewart Patrick - Council on Foreign Relations

The North Koreans are obviously watching carefully to see how Iran is treated and what could be expected were they ever to be in a position to give up their nuclear weapons. That makes it particularly imperative that the president … be able to provide credible evidence based on technical assessments that Iran is actually cheating on this.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Our commitment to non-proliferation has resulted in a strong, robust agreement to verify that Iran will not acquire nuclear weapons. Denouncing it would be a big mistake, not respecting it would be irresponsible–because it is a good agreement that is essential to keeping peace at an hour where the risk of a hellish spiral can't be discounted.feedback

Robert Gates

I think it's actually quite dangerous. Clearly 30 years of diplomacy have failed to stop North Korea in its pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them. I think one option that the United States has before it is to put on the table a significant package of diplomatic proposals coupled with a statement of the military actions we would take if there is no political solution to the problem.feedback

Mike Isaac

It "might make sense for Kim to use nuclear weapons first in a way that increases his chances of survival.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

The use of nuclear weapons should be unthinkable. Even the threat of their use can never be condoned. But today global anxieties about nuclear weapons are at the highest level since the end of the Cold War.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

We have proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in North Korea, we have terrorists, instability, and we have a more assertive Russia. It is a more dangerous world. If I started to speculate about potential military options I would only add to the uncertainty and difficulty of the situation so I think my task is not to be [sic] contribute to that. I will support efforts to find a political, negotiated solution.feedback

Jeffrey Lewis

Short of giving them South Korea and a pile of money and eliminating our nuclear weapons, I can't see them giving [their nuclear weapons] up.feedback

Zhu Feng

The cost is to continue to alienate Japan, enrage the United States and irritate South Korea. If Japan and South Korea feel forced to go for radical options like nuclear weapons, it will badly affect regional diplomacy.feedback

Joel Wit

Every country that builds nuclear weapons addresses an issue, which is: How much is enough?feedback

Lee Soo-hyuk

There are three ways to resolve North Korean problem. North Korea giving up their nuclear weapons voluntarily; resolving through quid-pro-quo negotiations; and taking military action. We all know the first and the last are not realistic options so negotiation is the only way. We must not forget that.feedback

Toby Dalton - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

My guess is that most Western analysts, perhaps a bit cynically, would assume that Chinese officials were fully aware of the nuclear trade, given the strong ties between the Pakistani and Chinese nuclear establishments. I think it is fair to assess that North Korea wouldn't be where it is today without the earlier trade with Pakistan. But given Pyongyang's determination to have nuclear weapons, it wouldn't be that far behind.feedback

Geng Shuang

What is definitely unacceptable to us is that on the one hand we work so hard to peacefully resolve this issue [of North Korea's nuclear weapons development], but on the other hand our own interests are subject to sanctions and jeopardized. This is neither objective nor fair.feedback

Jean-Yves Le Drian

The situation is extremely serious... we see North Korea setting itself as an objective to have tomorrow or the day after missiles that can transport nuclear weapons. In a few months that will be a reality. At the moment, when North Korea has the means to strike the United States, even Europe, but definitely Japan and China, then the situation will be explosive.feedback

Josh Rogin

For almost a decade, the State Department has had a full-time senior official working solely on the issue of human rights in North Korea. As the crisis over the regime’s pursuit of nuclear weapons intensifies, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has decided the envoy is no longer needed. His decision to downgrade the post has caused a backlash in Congress, where lawmakers from both parties see it as an unwise step backward on an important issue at a critical time.feedback

Lee Kuk-no

If North Korea threatens the security of the South Korean people and the South Korea-U.S. alliance with their nuclear weapons and missiles, our air forces will exterminate the leadership of North Korea with our strong strike capabilities.feedback

Steven Mnuchin

Treasury will continue to increase pressure on North Korea by targeting those who support the advancement of nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and isolating them from the American financial system. It is unacceptable for individuals and companies in China, Russia, and elsewhere to enable North Korea to generate income used to develop weapons of mass destruction and destabilize the region. We are taking actions consistent with UN sanctions to show that there are consequences for defying sanctions and providing support to North Korea, and to deter this activity in the future.feedback

Bruce Klingner

Pyongyang's release of photos indicating yet two more new missiles in development shows it has no intention of halting its continuing quest to threaten the U.S. and its allies with nuclear weapons. A two-week adherence of North Korea to U.N. prohibitions against missile tests hardly counts as a significant indicator of benign intent by the regime.feedback

Siegfried Hecker

What do they expect to get from their nuclear weapons, what are their nuclear policies, what do they have in place to avoid nuclear accidents, what do they have in place to make certain their nuclear weapons are safe and secure?feedback

H.R. McMaster

No, she's not right. And I think the reason she's not right is that the classical deterrence theory – how does that apply to a regime like the regime in North Korea? A regime that engages in unspeakable brutality against its own people? A regime that poses a continuous threat to the its neighbors in the region and now may pose a threat, direct threat, to the United States with weapons of mass destruction? A regime that imprisons and murders anyone who seems to oppose that regime ... ?feedback

Joe Dunford

The message today was the ironclad commitment to the alliance. What I would like to see is Kim Jong Un to commit to ceasing the development of nuclear weapons and ceasing the testing of ballistic missiles. We listen very carefully to Kim Jong Un's rhetoric and we can't afford to be complacent. We have to take it seriously in regards to our defensive measures, and with regard to the development of military options in the event we are called upon to do that.feedback

Steven Brams

Unfortunately, I don't think it translates well in this particular case. I think in business dealings, Trump could threaten to do something dire, but dire wasn't blowing up the world. It maybe blew up some business enterprise -- preferably not his -- but he could claim that both sides would go down and he was more willing to accept that than the other side. But now, when you are talking about nuclear weapons, it seems to me it's a much more dangerous game.feedback

Jung Ki-youl

That is why this peace concert is so meaningful. Let's shout 'no' to missiles and 'no' to nuclear weapons development and 'we want peace.' Maybe North Korea can hear us.feedback

Susan E. Rice

War is not necessary to achieve prevention, despite what some in the Trump administration seem to have concluded. History shows that we can, if we must, tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea – the same way we tolerated the far greater threat of thousands of Soviet nuclear weapons during the Cold War. It will require being pragmatic.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

We don't think having a dialogue where the North Koreans come to the table assuming they're going to maintain their nuclear weapons is productive.feedback

Sebastian Gorka

You should listen to the president. The idea that Secretary Tillerson is going to discuss military matters is simply nonsensical. North Korea has said they wish to annihilate the United States and use nuclear weapons. Sooner or later, somebody should take them seriously.feedback

Sebastian Gorka

North Korea has said they wish to annihilate the United States and use nuclear weapons.feedback

Susan E. Rice

We can rely on traditional deterrence by making crystal clear that any use of nuclear weapons against the United States or its allies would result in annihilation of North Korea. Defense Secretary James Mattis struck this tone on Wednesday. The same red line must apply to any proof that North Korea has transferred nuclear weapons to another state or nonstate actor.feedback

Cheng Xiaohe

The U.S. is not on board, but that disagreement is negotiable. The main obstacle is North Korea. It has said clearly, before and after the new U.N. sanctions, that its nuclear weapons program is not a bargaining chip to exchange for any deals or benefits. It's not negotiable. Then if this isn't negotiable, the dual suspension plan is no longer an interesting game to play.feedback

Zhang Liangui

North Korea said many times that it is absolutely not interested in anything requiring it to give up its nuclear weapons. North Korea has completely shut the door to negotiations.feedback

Seth Meyers

Hey man, you can't put an ellipsis after a tweet about nuclear weapons. And look, he's probably doing it because he knows it's more dramatic this way, but for me, I'm just going to imagine that he's too exhausted to do two tweets in a row. Trump is talking tough on North Korea, but if this week has shown anything, it's that we have a president who is temperamentally unfit to deal with a situation like this.feedback

Jack Jacobs - Army

The fact of the matter is they are unlikely to give it up unless we and China and Russia can reach some sort of accord with them that guarantees that they can continue to be a continuing criminal enterprise, that they can do whatever they want to their own people as long as they don't have nuclear weapons. As long as we don't have China on our side to go all the way down to the wire at the table, behind closed doors by the way, we're not going to get anything done, and they will continue to be a threat not only to us but to everybody in the region.feedback

Ramesh Thakur

They (nuclear weapons) have to be light and small to go further. Clearly, the North Koreans have had their own scientists working at this at breakneck speed.feedback

Hideshi Takesada

Short of getting nuclear weapons, which very few Japanese support, this is the best conventional way to make Kim Jong Un think twice about attacking.feedback

Stephen Colbert

US intelligence now believes that North Korea is now making missile-ready nuclear weapons. My God, Dennis Rodman, did you do nothing?feedback

Martin Schafer

We must all continue our diplomatic efforts - it is the only way to ensure that the threat of the illegal North Korean nuclear weapons programme can be contained.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

Last month, Member States of the United Nations adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This measure is the result of a global campaign focused on the unacceptability of the use of nuclear weapons under any circumstances. Yet our dream of a world free of nuclear weapons remains far from reality.feedback

Kazumi Matsui

This hell is not a thing of the past. As long as nuclear weapons exist and policymakers threaten their use, their horror could leap into our present at any moment. You could find yourself suffering their cruelty.feedback

Kim Ji Nho

We 'hibakusha' and our groups share a clear goal, which is to abolish nuclear weapons from the world, . Nuclear weapons should never be used.feedback

Kim Jong-un

We don't think having a dialogue where the North Koreans come to the table assuming they're going to maintain their nuclear weapons is productive. So that's really what the objective that we are about is.feedback

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iran–unlike the U.S.–has complied in good faith with the letter and spirit of JCPOA. Rhetoric and actions from U.S. show bad faith. Every word of JCPOA carefully negotiated. Iran does not develop missiles that are 'designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons.' Iran is not and will not be developing nuclear weapons; so by definition cannot develop anything designed to be capable of delivering them.feedback

Jon Kuk Chol

Because our country possesses nuclear weapons and ICBMs, war won't break out. But if a war does break out, we will kill all the imperialists so that there won't even be anyone left alive to sign the papers of surrender.feedback

Jon Wolfsthal

We have to deter North Korea from ever using any nuclear weapons and make clear that any move to use these weapons is suicide.feedback

Setsuko Thurlow

Nuclear weapons have always been immoral, now they are also illegal.feedback

Beatrice Fihn

The theory only works if you are ready to use nuclear weapons, otherwise the other side will call your bluff.feedback

William Browder - Heritage Capital

Greed, money and corruption. These people are so obsessed with money, that they're ready to kill anyone who gets in the way. It's a mafia, it's a mafia that's running a sovereign state with nuclear weapons.feedback

Daryl Kimball

While the treaty itself will not immediately eliminate any nuclear weapons, the treaty can, over time, further delegitimize nuclear weapons and strengthen the legal and political norm against their use.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Well, I think it was Russia, and I think it could have been other people in other countries. Could have been a lot of people interfered. Nobody really knows for sure. I remember when I was sitting back listening about Iraq – weapons of mass destruction – how everybody was 100 percent sure that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Guess what? That led to one big mess. They were wrong.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

Abandon all existing weapons of mass destruction programs once and for all and engage in real dialogue.feedback

Wesley Clark

It's not that you can do a disarming first strike and take out all of its nuclear weapons, take out the missiles, and say, OK, there you are.feedback

Nikki Haley

The United States does not seek conflict. In fact, we seek to avoid it. We seek only the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and an end to the threatening actions by North Korea. Regrettably, we're witnessing just the opposite. Make no mistake, North Korea's launch of an ICBM is a clear and sharp military escalation. The North Korean regime openly states that its missiles are intended to deliver nuclear weapons to strike cities in the United States, South Korea, and Japan. And now it has a greater capacity to do so.feedback

John Nilsson-Wright - Chatham House

They learned their lesson from Libya and Iraq that the sure-fire way to prevent an attack is to have weapons of mass destruction, rather than just bragging about it.feedback

Bruce Bennett - Rand Corporation

North Korea has been absolutely clear about de-nuclearization. They have said over, and over, and over again that they have no intent to de-nuclearize. That they plan to maintain their nuclear weapons as essential to survival, regardless of what they're offered in negotiations. So getting them to give up their nuclear weapons before negotiations is not going to happen.feedback

Moon Jae-in

Now, the time when the US could threaten the world with nuclear weapons has passed away.feedback

Stephen Hawking

I fear evolution has in-built greed and aggression to the human genome. There is no sign of conflict lessening, and the development of militarized technology and weapons of mass destruction could make that disastrous. The best hope for the survival of the human race might be independent colonies in space. I never expected to reach 75, so I feel very fortunate to be able to reflect on my legacy. I think my greatest achievement will be my discovery that black holes are not entirely black.feedback

Steven Aftergood

The whole thing smells bad. They're acting like they have something to hide, and it's not national security secrets. I think the new policy fails to distinguish between protecting valid secrets and shielding incompetence. Clearly, nuclear weapons technology secrets should be protected. But negligence or misconduct in handling nuclear weapons should not be insulated from public accountability.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

The most acute threat in the region today is posed by the DPRK. We both call for complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and we call on the DPRK to halt its illegal nuclear weapons program and its ballistic missile tests as stipulated in the UN Security Council resolutions. We reaffirmed our commitment to implement in full all relevant UN Security Council resolutions. For example, we both agreed that our companies should not do business with any UN-designated North Korean entities in accordance with these resolutions.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

We both call for complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and we call on the DPRK to halt its illegal nuclear weapons program and its ballistic missile test, as stipulated in the U.N. Security Council resolutions. China understands that the United States regards North Korea as our top security threat. We reiterated to China that they have a diplomatic responsibility to exert much greater economic and diplomatic pressure on the regime if they want to prevent further escalation in the region.feedback

John McCain

North Korea is threatening its neighbors, destabilizing the Asia-Pacific region, and rapidly developing the technology to strike the American homeland with nuclear weapons. Now it has escalated to brutalizing Americans, including three other citizens currently imprisoned in North Korea. The United States of America cannot and should not tolerate the murder of its citizens by hostile powers.feedback

Koh Yu-hwan

It's unlikely that Washington and Seoul will let Warmbier's death entirely derail their efforts at talks because North Korea's nuclear weapons program is such a serious and immediate threat.feedback

Michele Flournoy

It's not possible that you get 100 percent of it with high confidence, for a couple of reasons. One reason is, I don't believe anybody has perfect intelligence about where all the nuclear weapons are. Two, I think there is an expectation that, when they do ultimately deploy nuclear weapons, they will likely put them on mobile systems, which are harder to find, track, and target. Some may also be in hardened shelters or deep underground. So it's a difficult target set–not something that could be destroyed in a single bolt-from-the-blue attack.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Today, Cuba is governed by the same people who killed tens of thousands of their own citizens, who sought to extend their repressive and failed ideology in our hemisphere and who once tried to harbor enemy nuclear weapons 90 miles from our coast. The Castro regime has sent arms to North Korea and fueled chaos in Venezuela. It has supported human trafficking, forced labor and exploitation across the globe.feedback

Chaibong Hahm

When North Korea started to develop weapons of mass destruction that threatened us, the U.S. tried to assure us and Japan that 'we will protect you'. And the big question then was: 'Is the U.S. deterrence real? Will it really protect us?feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

The most urgent and dangerous threat to peace and security is North Korea. The regime's nuclear weapons program is a clear and present danger to all, and the regime's provocative actions, manifestly illegal under international law, have not abated despite United Nations' censure and sanctions. Both Russia and China object to key aspects of the international order so painstakingly built since the end of World War II. It would be a war like nothing we have seen since 1953. It would be a very, very serious war.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

North Korea's continued pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them has increased in pace and scope. It would be a war like nothing we have seen since 1953 and we would have to deal with it with whatever level of force was necessary. It would be a very, very serious war.feedback

Mikhail Ulyanov

The fact that NATO forces are converging near Russia's borders and carrying out military exercises supported by strategic bombers from the USA capable of carrying nuclear weapons hardly helps de-escalate tensions in Europe.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

While competition between the U.S. and China, the world's two largest economies, is bound to occur, conflict is not inevitable. Our two countries can and do cooperate for mutual benefit. We will pledge to work closely with China where we share common cause. While the North Korean regime has a long record of murder of diplomats, of kidnapping, killing of sailors and criminal activity, its nuclear weapons program is maturing as a threat to all. As a matter of national security, the United States regards the threat from North Korea as a clear and present danger.feedback

Nikki Haley

The Security Council is sending a clear message to North Korea today - stop firing ballistic missiles or face the consequences. We want a negotiated solution, but North Korea must fulfill its basic obligations by first stopping all ballistic missile launches and nuclear weapons testing and taking concrete steps towards getting rid of its nuclear weapons program.feedback

Wu Riqiang

I don't think China can persuade South Korea to give up Thaad. China will build more nuclear weapons but won't do so publicly.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

All options are on the table. North Korea must understand that the only path to a secure, economically-prosperous future is to abandon its development of nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles, and other weapons of mass destruction.feedback

Jay Coghlan

Fattening up our already bloated nuclear weapons stockpile is not going to improve our national security. New Mexicans desperately need better funded schools and health care, not expanded plutonium pit production that will cause more pollution and threaten our scarce water resources.feedback

Shinzo Abe

The threat has entered a new stage (as North Korea tests missiles and nuclear weapons) ... there is a danger it can spread like a contagious disease.feedback

Josh Rogin

Trump says Kim Jong Un is a "madman with nuclear weapons" so Congress says the U.S. must prepare in case he uses them.feedback

Beatrice Fihn

We are particularly happy the text is rooted in humanitarian principles and that it builds on previous prohibitions of unacceptable weapons, such as biological and chemical weapons, landmines and cluster munitions. Nuclear weapons are ethically unacceptable in the 21st century. Intended to indiscriminately kill civilians, this 1940s technology is putting countless of lives at risk every day. Their continued existence undermines the moral credibility of every country which relies on them. A treaty to ban them, as a first step towards their elimination, will have real and lasting impact.feedback

Daryl Kimball

The vast majority of world states say nuclear weapons are not essential for security, and that we want to reduce their salience by banning them. That is a contribution to the goal of a world without nuclear weapons.feedback

Vipin Narang

This notion that the program is unsophisticated is no longer true, and I don't think the strategy is unsophisticated, either. The objective is to preserve the regime, right? You really have to stop the invasion. And if you think you need nuclear weapons to do that . . . how do you deal with the fact that the U.S. is going to make you a smoldering, radioactive hole at the end of that? Well, if you can hold American homeland targets at risk, that might induce caution.feedback

Jeffrey Lewis

The nuclear weapons are going to be targeted at ports and airfields and probably some army bases where U.S. forces are. What they actually target, of course, is a little bit harder to guess.feedback

Daniel Gros - Centre for European Policy Studies

Security is actually the one area where it might be the easiest to have an agreement because that's not an area where Germany is strong and France weak, but it's a little bit the other way round: It's France which is a bit stronger because it has a longer tradition and also it has nuclear weapons.feedback

Jeremy Wittkop - Intelisecure

The government has a responsibility like with nuclear weapons to make sure they don't fall into the hands of the wrong people. If you are going to create something that can cause this much damage you have to protect it.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

People often ask me whether I would authorise the use of nuclear weapons. If circumstances arose where that was a real option, it would represent complete and cataclysmic failure.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Labour supports the renewal of the Trident submarine system. But any prime minister should be extremely cautious about ordering the use of weapons of mass destruction which would result in the indiscriminate killing of millions of innocent civilians. As a nuclear armed power, our country has a responsibility to fulfil our international obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Labour will lead multilateral efforts with international partners and the UN to create a nuclear free world.feedback

Koh Yu-Hwan

Although such hostage talks don't usually lead to negotiation over missile or nuclear weapons ... the added numbers can certainly hamper and limit options the U.S. can take over North Korea. This is North Korea's hostage diplomacy. They are like the human shields against the U.S. government with the ultimate goal of attention grabbing.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

We're here today to say that we don't agree with these drones. We don't agree with this obscenity that's going on before our very eyes here. That's why just as much as we want to get rid of landmines, small arms, nuclear weapons, we want to get rid of drones as well.feedback

David Maxwell

Nuclear weapons are also a key tool as part of its blackmail diplomacy. The threat of use, proliferation, as well as holding out the possibility of talks, provides the regime with leverage to use with the US and international community.feedback

John McCain

The only time he should meet with him is to get the details of how North Korea will abandon their nuclear weapons program.feedback

Boris Johnson

If the United States has a proposal to have some sort of action in response to a chemical weapons attack, and if they come to us and ask for our support, whether it is with submarine cruise missiles in the Med or whatever it happens to be, in my view, and I know this is also the view of the prime minister, it would be very difficult for us to say no. In recent years we have seen an increase in the global tally of deaths from wars. We and our allies face threats from countries with a nuclear weapons capacity, and from those trying to acquire that capacity….feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

We want to change that calculus of theirs and we have said to them: your pathway to survival and security is to eliminate your nuclear weapons and we and other countries will help you on the way to economic development.feedback

John Bolton

Look to North Korea's behavior on nuclear weapons, not its agreements.feedback

Michael Fallon

In the most extreme circumstances we have made it very clear that you can't rule out the use of nuclear weapons as a first strike.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

And whatever else happens in this election we should not allow the Tory party to escape the accountability for any misdemeanours that may have led to them buying the last general election. The SNP opposes Trident, not just in principle, but at a time when our public services and the vulnerable in our society are under so much pressure, spending tens of billions of pounds on weapons of mass destruction is the wrong choice. Labour should have the guts to simply say that. It's what we're told Jeremy Corbyn believes so he should have the courage of his convictions and say it.feedback

Marco Rubio

Uunderstand we're just trying to finish out the current cycle, the current budget year. And so I think that's a fight worth having and a conversation and a debate worth having for 2018. And if we can do some of that now, that'd be great. I hope not. Obviously we have to ask ourselves a very fundamental question. And that is: Is it acceptable? Can we live in a world where Kim Jung-un possesses not just nuclear weapons but the ability to deliver those weapons against the continental United States? Can we live in a world like that?feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

The issue has to be that we want a secure and peaceful world. You achieve that by promoting peace and also promoting security. Security comes from that process. We haven't completed work on the manifesto ... We are less than 100 hours into this election campaign. We are having this discussion within the Labour party. Nuclear weapons are not the solution to the world's security issues. They are a disaster if ever used.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I have made clear there would be no first use of it. I've made clear any use of nuclear weapons would be a disaster for the whole world.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Nuclear weapons are not the solution to the world's security issues. They are a disaster if ever used.feedback

Hazel Smith

The situation is extraordinarily complicated and not amenable to either simple solutions or one-off ad-hoc interventions designed to demonstrate American strength. The political elite shares a belief that it is only the nuclear weapons development program that has prevented military intervention.feedback

Mike Pence

Those who would challenge our resolve or readiness should know, we will defeat any attack and meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response.feedback

Bill Gates - Microsoft

Bioterrorism is a much larger risk than a pandemic. All these advances in biology have made it far easier for a terrorist to recreate smallpox, which is a highly fatal pathogen, where there is essentially no immunity remaining at this point. When you are thinking about things that could cause in excess of 10 million deaths, even something tragic like a nuclear weapons incident wouldn't get to that level. So the greatest risk is from a natural epidemic or an intentionally caused infection bioterrorism events.feedback

Mike Pence

We Will Defeat Any Attack. Now all options are on the table, and there they will remain. But President Trump and I and our administration believes the most productive pathway forward is dialogue among the family of nations that can isolate and pressure North Korea into abandoning permanently and dismantling its nuclear weapons program and its ballistic missile program. Those who would challenge our resolve or our readiness should know: We will defeat any attack and meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response.feedback

Mike Pence

We will defeat any attack, and meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response. The United States of America will always seek peace but under President (Donald) Trump, the shield stands guard and the sword stands ready. You here, on the deck of this great ship, are the physical manifestation of that alliance. The U.S. will strengthen its presence in the Asia-Pacific. Japan will assume a larger role and responsibility in our alliance in the years ahead. Both of our nations will continue to expand our cooperation for our common defense.feedback

Sharon Squassoni

This is basically a brutal dictator who doesn't really put a lot of stock in the safety, health, education of his people. It wouldn't surprise me at all he would pour resources into nuclear weapons that I hope will never be used.feedback

Ross Babbage

It's more than a bluff. A bluff suggests you're not serious. My understanding is that this U.S. administration is dead serious, it's been 40 years of trying to get the North Koreans to back away from the nuclear weapons.feedback

Michael Chertoff

When you look at what is emanating out of North Korea, I have sympathy for the argument that anything we can do to stop an unpredictable person from using nuclear weapons is worth trying.feedback

Mike Pence

Since 1992, the United States and our allies have stood together for a denuclearized Korean Peninsula. But the era of strategic patience is over. President Trump has made it clear that the patience of the United States and our allies in this region has run out and we want to see change. We want to see North Korea abandon its reckless path of the development of nuclear weapons, and also its continual use and testing of ballistic missiles is unacceptable. We hope to achieve this objective through peaceable means. But all options are on the table.feedback

James Stavridis

Two things are coming together this weekend. One is the distinct possibility of a sixth North Korean nuclear weapons detonation and the other is an American carrier strike group, a great deal of firepower headed right at the Korean Peninsula.feedback

Nicholas Eberstadt

Their conventional forces maybe not very capable at the moment, but they have a lot of weapons of mass destruction. Even if they would end up losing a war, … they could kill an awful lot of people on our side.feedback

Nachman Shai

The White House urgently needs a history teacher. Ignorance is not acceptable. Hitler used chemical weapons of mass destruction in a large scale that human history hadn't seen until then, and since then. This a second failure of the White House recently, regarding the biggest tragedy that occurred to the Jewish people and took place in the 20th century.feedback

Nicolas Maduro

Venezuela never in its history has had biological, chemical, or nuclear weapons.feedback

Bruce Klingner

In North Korea's mind, the Syria attack will just show the necessity of nuclear weapons.feedback

Shen Dingli

Chemical weapons and nuclear weapons are totally different. A chemical bomb kills dozens of people, and the atomic bomb at Hiroshima killed hundreds of thousands. If the United States gets trapped in Syria, how can Trump make America great again? As a result, China will be able to achieve its peaceful rise. Even though we say we oppose the bombing, deep in our hearts we are happy.feedback

David Benham

The number one threat in the region continues to be North Korea, due to its reckless, irresponsible and destabilizing program of missile tests and pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability.feedback

Kim Jong-un

Once he sees that there is any kind of sign of a tank or an imminent threat from America, then he would use his nuclear weapons with ICBM. All of my family members were a little bit frightened, you know, on that day. But I always told them that we have to try to be as peaceful as possible. We should carry the normal faces and normal feelings so that our plan of defection should not be noticed by anyone in the embassy.feedback

James Stavridis

If Kim Jong Un has nuclear weapons and ICBMs, he can do anything. So, I think the world should be ready to deal with this kind of person.feedback

John Park

North Korea has consistently been treated like a joke, but now the joke has nuclear weapons. If you deem Kim Jong Un to be irrational, then you're implicitly underestimating him.feedback

Ri Song Chol - United Nations

It is clearly an unreasonable argument that the U.S. cannot eliminate nuclear weapons because the DPRK will not abandon its nuclear weapons.feedback

Rah Jong-yil

The timing of this is no coincidence. Kim Jong-un clearly wants to overshadow the China-US summit and to underline the fact that he has nuclear weapons. For the North, nuclear weapons provide leverage over the rest of the world and Mr Kim is demonstrating that he cannot be ignored. As usual, the US and the West will issue condemnations and warnings, but there is a feeling that China is still not throwing its full weight behind sanctions and other pressures on the regime in Pyongyang.feedback

Toshiki Fujimori

Everybody thought I would die, yet I survived. It's a miracle. I am here at the U.N. asking for the abolition of nuclear weapons. . . . This is the mission I am given as a survivor.feedback

Alexis Lamek

In the current perilous context, considering in particular the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery, our countries continue to rely on nuclear deterrence for security and stability.feedback

John Park

North Korea has consistently been treated like a joke, but now the joke has nuclear weapons. If you deem Kim Jong Un to be irrational, then you're implicitly underestimating him. Look at the web of elite North Korean state trading companies. You can't be irrational or somehow crazy to consistently run this system to either make money off it or procure what you need for the nuclear weapons program. That objectively shows that there is a game plan, and a pretty consistently implemented game plan.feedback

Nigel Farage

I think that what's interesting is to see the way the Trump victory has been used by Mr Verhofstadt, by Mr Juncker saying, the Americans are leaving Europe, therefore we have to have our own European army, oh and they want nuclear weapons now as well.' Actually Mr Trump does not want to withdraw from Europe at all, he just wants NATO members to pay their fair share. I would view the full development of a European army with its own foreign policy and its own nuclear weapons actually as being something potentially quite dangerous.feedback

Louis Del Monte

Nanobots are the real concern about wiping out humanity because they can be weapons of mass destruction.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

20 years of talks with North Korea have brought us to where we are today. It's important that the leadership of North Korea realize that their current pathway of nuclear weapons and escalating threats will not lead to their objective of security and economic development. That pathway can only be achieved by denuclearizing, giving up their weapons of mass destruction, and only then will we be prepared to engage with them in talks.feedback

William J. Perry

We have sanctioned them a hundred times, and it didn't stop developing nuclear weapons. They seem to be prepared to suffer economic deprivation for the people so they can achieve the preservation of the regime, which they think that nuclear weapons is going to do for them.feedback

Jeffrey Lewis

If they are not going to arm them, they need to say that. They need to make them absolutely clear. The thing the North Koreans are most afraid of is that we're going to kill Kim Jong-un in a decapitating strike and … that will strengthen their incentives to make sure that low level commanders will have the ability to use nuclear weapons. It will make the North Koreans even more jumpy and have a way itchier trigger finger.feedback

Bonnie Glaser

North Korea may insist on being recognized as a nuclear weapons state as a precondition, in which case the U.S. would have to decide whether to make that concession.feedback

Paul Nuttall

There was an orchestrated smear campaign which I knew was coming from December which was suggesting that I wasn't actually at Hillsborough. Can I just put this on record Andrew, because this is really important? There was an orchestrated campaign which I knew was coming which was done by a political party. I'll leave it at that, okay? Yes. I am actually. Yes, I am, okay? They suggested that I wasn't actually at Hillsborough. It's not as if I have lied about weapons of mass destruction. It's not as if I have taken us into an illegal war.feedback

Paul Nuttall

I haven't lost a close, personal friend. I've lost someone who I know. It's not as if I have lied about weapons of mass destruction. It's not as if I have taken us into an illegal war. It's not as if I've been caught in a paedophile ring. We have had it in writing now from Douglas Carswell that he lobbied for Nigel Farage to get a knighthood. He has put it in writing, let's see what happens. It'll go to the national executive from here.feedback

Chang Yong-seok

North Korea was already under immense pressure over its efforts to develop nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles, and also its human rights issues. Things will get even more complicated for Pyongyang if its chemical weapons issues are thrown into the mix.feedback

Earl Blumenauer

The erratic behavior of Donald Trump has raised new questions about his mental and emotional capacity to discharge the tremendous burdens of the most powerful position in the world. It is the president who has the ability to launch nuclear weapons, unleashing untold devastation on the world. Presidents can create diplomatic chaos or move markets with the most carefully crafted declarations, let alone late-night tweets with the grammar and misspellings of a fifth-grader and decidedly unpresidential tone.feedback

Evan Medeiros

North Korea doesn't want to give up its nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons are key to its survival. Talks for North Korea are really about getting sanctions relief, playing for time, playing for advantage, trying to get sanctions lifted. And so if that's the case, I think Trump's tolerance and the tolerance of the Chinese may actually be somewhat limited.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

Compliance with arms control agreements is of great importance and especially when it comes to treaties covering nuclear weapons. Any non-compliance of Russia with the INF Treaty would be a serious concern for the alliance.feedback

Shi Yuanhua

Whether or not to abandon nuclear weapons concerns North Korea's core national interests and there is no way for China to get it to change its stance with a few words of persuasion, and it can't solve the problem by applying a ban on exports. The key for solving the problem lies in the hands of the U.S. If the U.S. is willing to sit and talk with North Korea, China will be happy to promote it.feedback

Jeong Joon-hee

These are serious military and security threats. Pyongyang has no intention of backing away from its goal to become a country with nuclear weapons.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

America's commitments to defending our allies and to upholding our extended deterrence guarantees remain ironclad: Any attack on the United States, or our allies, will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons would be met with a response that would be effective and overwhelming.feedback

Steve Bannon

We're at the very beginning stages of a very brutal and bloody conflict... we are in an outright war against jihadist Islamic fascism... there is a major war brewing, a war that's already global. It's going global in scale, and today's technology, today's media, today's access to weapons of mass destruction, it's going to lead to a global conflict that I believe has to be confronted today.feedback

Rick Perry

As a former Air Force pilot during the days of the Cold War, I understand the deterrent value of our nuclear weapons systems, and the vital role they play in keeping the peace.feedback

Donald J. Trump

They have sanctions on Russia – let's see if we can make some good deals with Russia. For one thing, I think nuclear weapons should be way down and reduced very substantially, that's part of it. Russia's hurting very badly right now because of sanctions but I think something can happen that a lot of people are going to benefit.feedback

Ash Carter

Their nuclear weapons and ballistic missile defence programs are a serious threat to us. We try to stay ahead of that and we are staying ahead of that with our missile defences to make sure we've upgraded their number, their type, so that we're sure we can defend ourselves.feedback

Jason Dworkin

If you have something like 50 years, that could deflect it enough, and it might be a whole lot simpler than sending up nuclear weapons.feedback

Alexei Pushkov

All the accusations against Russia are based on 'confidence' and suppositions. The USA in the same way was confident about (Iraqi leader Saddam) Hussein having weapons of mass destruction.feedback

Joseph Cirincione

This is how arms races begin - with a battle of words. Neither side needs to be spending hundreds of billions of dollars on nuclear weapons we don't need.feedback

Paul Wolfowitz

For bureaucratic reasons, we settled on one issue, weapons of mass destruction.feedback

Mitch McConnell

These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel is committed to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. That has not changed and will not change. As far as President-elect Trump, I look forward to speaking to him about what to do about this bad deal.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

I oppose the deal because it doesn't prevent Iran from getting nukes, it paves the way for Iran to get nuclear weapons. The problem isn't so much that Iran will break the deal but that Iran will keep it.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

The problem isn't so much that Iran will break the deal, but that Iran will keep it because it just can walk in within a decade, and even less ... to industrial-scale enrichment of uranium to make the core of an arsenal of nuclear weapons. So the problem how to deal with this deal is something that I will discuss with ... President Trump when he takes office.feedback

Hans M. Kristensen

He has made various vague statements that indicate that he believes in a strong military but doesn't seem to know much about nuclear forces and issues, is unconcerned about nuclear proliferation, yet also seems impressed by the 'hugeness' of nuclear weapons.feedback

Steven Aftergood

The range of unilateral presidential authority is astonishingly broad. If you look at the presidential policy directives issued by Obama, they cover topics as diverse as biological weapons, nuclear weapons policy, intelligence surveillance policy, cyber operations, maritime security, arms-transfer policy, and on and on. And because it is based on presidential authority, it can also be revised and reshaped by a new president.feedback

Faisal Al Yafai

I am unconvinced. I think he actually believes his rhetoric. It's quite worrying that he doesn't seem to understand how global politics works. For example you don't go around saying 'if our allies were threatened we wouldn't intervene, why can't they build their own nuclear weapons?feedback

Ash Carter

The United States is reaffirming its ironclad commitment to defend South Korea with our extended deterrence capabilities. Make no mistake. Any attack on American or our allies will not only be defeated, but any use of nuclear weapons will be met with an overwhelming and effective response.feedback

Hillary Clinton

He has advocated more countries getting them. Japan, Korea, even Saudi Arabia. He's said if we have them, why don't we use them which I think is terrifying. But here's the deal. The bottom line on nuclear weapons is that when the president gives the order, it must be followed.feedback

Viktor Poznikhir

The illusion of invulnerability and impunity under the missile defense umbrella would encourage Washington to take unilateral steps in dealing with global and regional issues. That can objectively lead to lowering the threshold of nuclear weapons use to pre-empt the enemy's action.feedback

Hillary Clinton

A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.feedback

Mark Halperin - MSNBC

So you would – you would rule out the possibility of using, right, nuclear weapons against ISIS?feedback

Joseph Cirincione

Donald Trump is very cavalier about how he talks about nuclear weapons. He treats them as if they are another tool in the toolbox.feedback

Shen Dingli

I think any idea to ask North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons would fail, and any idea to ask South Korea to abandon THAAD would fail.feedback

Jack Lew - U.S Treasury

North Korea is an enormous challenge, and we will do everything we can to keep the pressure on them. We will continue to sharpen financial tools as we can. The goal is to change the [North Korean nuclear weapons] policy.feedback

Barack Obama

Nuclear weapons must be prohibited in order to pursue stability and peace in East Asia.feedback

Timothy Stafford

The North Koreans have already developed their ability to detonate nuclear weapons. What they've yet to perfect are the missiles capable of carrying them.feedback

Hillary Clinton

Imagine him in the Oval Office facing a real crisis. A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.feedback

James Carder

Cyber exploits offer stunning comparisons to weapons of mass destruction. They may be readily available and easily obtainable yet possess the ability to cripple the critical infrastructure and resources, such as power, water and food supplies of an entire nation.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

If we want a nuclear weapons-free world, this is an opportunity where we can start down that road.feedback

Juozas Olekas

I cannot exclude that tactical nuclear weapons already exist in the Kaliningrad region.feedback

Tony Blair

The threat from Saddam Hussein and weapons of mass destruction, chemical, biological, potentially nuclear weapon's capability, that threat is real. So the purpose of our discussion today is to work out the right strategy for dealing with this. Because deal we must.feedback

Shinzo Abe

I am proud the president will visit Hiroshima, where in 1945 the United States dropped the first of two nuclear weapons to end the Second World War. President Obama has set an important precedent for future commanders in chief as well as other world leaders through his words, actions and policies against nuclear weapons proliferation.feedback

Rosen Plevneliev

Nations should not be strong with their armies of soldiers and nuclear weapons. In the 21st century nations should be strong with the success of the people.feedback

John Kerry

Everyone in the world should see and feel the power of this memorial. It is a stark, harsh, compelling reminder not only of our obligation to end the threat of nuclear weapons, but to rededicate all our effort to avoid war itself. War must be the last resort -- never the first choice. This memorial compels us all to redouble our efforts to change the world, to find peace and build the future so yearned for by citizens everywhere.feedback

Barack Obama

Today, I invited all the nations represented at this summit to join a broader discussion among our intelligence and security services on how we can improve information sharing within and among our nations to prevent all manner of terrorist attacks, especially those that might involve weapons of mass destruction.feedback

Josh Earnest

Mr. Trump's suggestion that somehow we should encourage our allies in South Korea to develop nuclear weapons is directly contrary to a policy that the United States has long pursued and that the international community has long supported.feedback

Samantha Power - United Nations

It is no coincidence that the North Korean government would rather grow its nuclear weapons program than grow its own children.feedback

Samantha Power - United Nations

The chronic suffering of the people of North Korea is the direct result of the choices made by the DPRK government, a government that has consistently prioritized its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs over providing for the most basic needs of its own people. The North Korean government would rather grow its nuclear weapons program than grow its own children.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

I don't want to see Faslane close. I have long argued Faslane should be a conventional naval base, and of course, there needs to be investment and diversification in making sure that we create alternative jobs for people who currently work in Trident nuclear weapons. But you know we need to make sure that we invest scarce resources in things that create good jobs and improve our public services.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

The international community must impose severe and clear sanctions against any violation (by Iran). Without our efforts leading the sanctions and preventing Iran's nuclear plan, Iran would have possessed nuclear weapons a long time ago. Israel's policy was and remains as it was: not to allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

Because we very much believe that nuclear weapons has to be dealt with in a very cautious, predictable way and for us nuclear weapons are part of the deterrence.feedback

Shinzo Abe

I believe that by visiting Hiroshima, understanding the reality of radiation exposure, and voicing his opinions there, President Obama is going to provide a strong push for achieving a world devoid of nuclear weapons.feedback

Gabrielle Price

These actions, and North Korea's continued pursuit of ballistic missile and nuclear weapons capabilities, pose a significant threat to the United States, our allies, and to the stability of the greater Asia-Pacific.feedback

Barack Obama

With this deal, we cut off every single one of Iran's pathways to a nuclear weapons programme.feedback

Noam Chomsky

I'm in favour of the Iran negotiations but they are profoundly flawed. There are two states that rampage in the middle east carrying out aggressions, violence, terrorist acts, illegal acts, constantly. They're both huge nuclear weapon states and their nuclear armorments. And their nuclear weapons are not being considered.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

It is a bad deal, a very bad deal that leaves Iran in possession of the capability of arming itself with nuclear weapons, that fills its coffers with a lot of money and enables it to continue its terrorism and aggression in the Middle East.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

We will continue to take action and lead the international effort against Iran arming itself with nuclear weapons. We will do everything and take every action to thwart a bad and dangerous agreement that would cloud the future and the security of the State of Israel.feedback

Colin Powell

(F)acts and Iraq's behavior show that Saddam Hussein and his regime are concealing their efforts to produce more weapons of mass destruction.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

I would like to discuss the ways to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons capability. I believe that this is the greatest challenge to the security of the world.feedback

Mark Regev

The combination of a regime with a very radical agenda, together with a distorted sense of reality, as is clearly indicated by the statements we heard today, put together with nuclear weapons, I think that's a combination, a dangerous combination, that no-one in the international community can accept.feedback

Barack Obama

After a comprehensive review I have determined that we can ensure the security of America and our allies, and maintain a strong and credible strategic deterrent, while reducing our deployed strategic nuclear weapons by up to one third.feedback

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

The Iranian nuclear issue has great implications for peace and stability as well as the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. I urge again that the Iranian government should fully comply with the Security Council as soon as possible.feedback

Alia Shgar Soltanie

If the Israelis (had not been) the obstacle, we (would) have had a nuclear weapons free zone in the Middle East for the last 30 years. Therefore this is the main obstacle.feedback

David Albright

Is this a smoking gun? Its's close to a smoking gun but it's still not enought to that Iran has an active nuclear weapons programme.feedback

Condoleezza Rice

What I do think it is very important that everyone takes stock of the leverage that we have to get North Korea to return to the six-party talks and negotiate seriously the dismantlement of its nuclear weapons program.feedback

George W. Bush

The need for missile defence in Europe is real and I believe it's urgent. Iran is pursuing the technology that could be used to produce nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles have increasing range that could deliver them.feedback

John Bolton

We hope that Iran makes the strategic decision that the pursuit of programmes of weapons of mass destruction makes it less and not more secure.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

Rohani doesn't sound like Ahmadinejad but when it comes to Iran's nuclear weapons program the only difference between them is this: Ahmadinejad was a wolf in wolf's clothing. Rohani is a wolf in sheep's clothing. A wolf who thinks he can pull the wool over the eyes of the international community.feedback

Fariba Mavaddat

A deal between Iran and the so called P5+1 is still possible provided that they overcome two massive challenges of satisfying hardliners on both sides, and reassuring Israel that Iran is not after nuclear weapons.feedback

Anders Fogh Rasmussen - NATO

But on the other hand, and that is the other track, we have to develop a practical cooperation in areas where we share interests with Russia, for instance, as regards Afghanistan, counter-terrorism, counter proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, counter piracy and, I would add to this, also missile defence.feedback

Maeng Cheon-Soo

We can't tolerate North Korea's nuclear weapons. We're here to urge the people of South Korea to work together to completely denuclearise the North.feedback

Stephen Hadley

The (intelligence community) has high confidence, high confidence, that Iran had a covert nuclear weapons programme, that it has never acknowledged and continues to deny. The IC has high confidence, that Iran halted its covert nuclear weapons programme in the fall of 2003, and they have moderate confidence that it had not restarted that programme as of mid-2007.feedback

Barack Obama

The United States will take concrete steps towards a world without nuclear weapons. To put an end to cold war thinking we will reduce the role of nuclear weapons in our national security strategy and urge others to do the same.feedback

Ali Asghar Soltanieh

The second point concerns the accusations made by the Agency. It said that Iran wanted to focus on pre-2003 studies to develop nuclear weapons. We have said several times that to make such accusations, they must first provide evidence.feedback

James Franey - Euronews

First, it is not legally binding, relying on the goodwill of all the nations involved. And another key question is just how far-reaching the deal is when Russia, the country with the largest stockpile of nuclear weapons in the world, has refused to sign up.feedback

Bashar al-Assad

We are going to speak with the Iranian leaders. As far as we know, there is no nuclear military programme. We are against all weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East.feedback

Park Geun-hye

North Korea should drop its nuclear weapons, missiles, provocations and threats, and become a responsible member of international society. This is the only way the North can survive.feedback

Ali Akbar Salehi

You see we do not recognise the state of Israel, but we have never ever spoken of obliterating people. When we said, when I said when it comes to using weapons of mass destruction, we have completely denied ourselves this right.feedback

Ali Akbar Salehi

The other aspect, when we look at it from the pragmatic point of view, suppose Iran develops one or two, three or four rudimentary bombs, can it really compete with a country like the US in this regard? Can it be on par with any other country that has been in this domain of developing nuclear weapons for decades? Certainly, that will not be a deterrent for us because with our neighbours we have no problem.feedback

Gregory Schulte - International Atomic Energy Agency

Rather than acting to regain the world's confidence, Iran's leaders are moving ahead brazenly with enrichment, continuing their determined step-by-step effort to acquire the material, technology and know-how to produce nuclear weapons.feedback

Konstantin Kosachyov

We cannot understand how this membership of NATO can provide better opportunities for combating international terrorism, for combating the proliferation of nuclear weapons, for facing all other challenges and threats, which we have as common challenges and threats.feedback

George W. Bush

America did not ask for this war, and every American wishes it were over. So do I. But the war is not over and it will not be over until either we or the extremists emerge victorious. If we do not defeat these enemies now, we will leave our children to face a Middle East overrun by terrorist states and radical dictators armed with nuclear weapons. We are in a war that will set the course for this new century, and determine the destiny of millions across the world.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

I believe that it's time for the rest of the world to wake up. The great challenges that we face, the great danger to the world, is not from Jews building in our ancestral capital in Jerusalem, it's from nuclear weapons in Iran, those weapons that are built in Iran.feedback

Barack Obama

American leadership can also be seen in the effort to secure the worst weapons of war. The Iranian government now faces tougher sanctions, tighter sanctions then ever before. And on the Korean peninsula, we stand with our allies South Korea and insist that North Korea keeps its commitment to abandon nuclear weapons.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

We have not thought of making weapons of mass destruction and we are not thinking of it.feedback

Vladimir Putin

If they have proof they have to show it. Everybody has seen the US Secretary of State showing at the UN Security Council the proof of Iraq having weapons of mass destruction. He showed then a tube with a substance that could well have been washing powder. To say something is one thing, to provide proof is another.feedback

Taro Aso

The sufferings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki shall not be repeated. We must devote ourselves to the abolition of nuclear weapons and the realisation of world peace.feedback

Vladimir Putin

The latest steps by Iran convince Russia that Iran indeed does not intend to produce nuclear weapons and we will continue to develop relations in all sectors, including peaceful atomic energy. We hope Iran will strictly stick to all agreements with Russia or the international community.feedback

Paul Ivan

Well the countries that have nuclear weapons seem to believe they have to keep them, especially as other countries in the world are improving and upgrading their systems. It's part of the military tools. At the same I believe that NATO will remain the backbone of European security at least in what concerns the security of Europe.feedback

Barack Obama

In many ways, nuclear weapons represent both the darkest days of the Cold War, and the most troubling threats of our time. Today, we have taken another step forward in leaving behind the legacy of the twentieth century while building a more secure future for our children.feedback

Alex Salmond

If the parliament can run education, then why can't it run the economy? If it can be trusted to run the health service, then why can't it represent Scotland internationally? If it can be trusted to protect our old people, then why can't we protect the country, and do so without the obscenity of nuclear weapons?feedback

Barack Obama

North Korea's continued pursuit of nuclear weapons is a path that leads only to more isolation.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

Above all, they deceive themselves into believing that Iran is giving up its goal of developing nuclear weapons. I heard a few faint condemnations of Iran from the international community after we intercepted this murderous shipment.feedback

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