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Benjamin Netanyahu, Barack Obama and Donald J. Trump, are the people who have been quoted the greatest number of times about Nuclear weapons. You can find them on this page and an additional total of 68 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 105 quotes on this page are sorted by date and by name. You can also have access to the articles to get the context of the quotes. The most recent quote from Benjamin Netanyahu is: “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.”.

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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 wel[...]

Louis Del Monte

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

Rex W. Tillerson - ExxonMobil

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[...]

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 [...]

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 wh[...]

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 ha[...]

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 [...]

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 tha[...]

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.

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.

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 ke[...]

Donald J. Trump

To make sure that there would be enough Chinese nuclear weapons to survive a U.S. first strike and not be neutralized by U.S. missile defense, China may have an increasing incentive to adopt the launch-on-warning posture.

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

We are taking defensive steps like deploying the highly effective THAAD anti-missile unit to the Republic of Korea to protect its people and our troops that stand with our ally. America's commitments to defending our allies and to upholding our exte[...]

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

We stand with our peace-loving Republic of Korea ally to maintain stability on the peninsula and in the region. America's commitments to defending our allies and to upholding our extended deterrence guarantees remain ironclad: Any attack on the Unit[...]

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, t[...]

Steve Bannon

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. Every day that we refuse to look at this as what it [...]

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.

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. Beside that, he criticized Russia's intrusion into the[...]

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[...]

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.

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.

Donald J. Trump

It's time for our country to move on to bigger and better things. Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situati[...]

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.

Mitch McConnell

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

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.

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 pr[...]

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[...]

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, c[...]

Donald J. Trump

The (at)nytimes states today that DJT believes 'more countries should acquire nuclear weapons.' How dishonest are they. I never said this!

Lee Yong Pil

The U.S. has nuclear weapons off our coast, targeting our country, our capital and our Dear Leader, Kim Jong Un.

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 the[...]

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 wit[...]

Donald J. Trump

All I said is that we have to renegotiate these agreements because our country cannot afford to defend Saudi Arabia, Japan, Germany, South Korea and many other places, we cannot continue to afford…She took that as saying nuclear weapons.

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 us[...]

Hillary Clinton

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

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.

Mark Halperin - MSNBC

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 [...]

Donald J. Trump

Iraq is in chaos, Iran is on the path to nuclear weapons, Syria is engulfed in a civil war, and a refugee crisis now threatens the West. After 15 years of wars in the Middle East, after trillions of dollars spent and thousands of lives lost, the sit[...]

Jeremy Corbyn

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

Juozas Olekas

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

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. Becau[...]

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[...]

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.

Fumio Kishida

For us to obtain nuclear weapons is completely inconceivable.

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 la[...]

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, [...]

Donald J. Trump

Well, first of all, he united the pro-choice and pro-life groups, which I don't know how he did that. But think about this: he said he would use nuclear weapons, maybe in Europe, that we would leave Nato, he would have a supreme court justice who wo[...]

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.

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.

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 n[...]

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 Triden[...]

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 pol[...]

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.

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.

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.

Barack Obama

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

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 the[...]

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.

Benjamin Netanyahu

To defeat ISIS and let Iran get nuclear weapons would be to win the battle and to lose the war. We can't let that happen….

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 th[...]

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.

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 h[...]

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.

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.

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.

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, t[...]

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 [...]

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 [...]

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.

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.

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 challen[...]

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.

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.

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 progra[...]

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 t[...]

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 t[...]

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.

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 childre[...]

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.

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 wo[...]

Barack Obama

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

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 a[...]

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 f[...]

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 insi[...]

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.

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 destructi[...]

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.

Hassan Rouhani

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

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.

Colin Powell

What you will see is an accumulation of facts and disturbing patterns of behaviour. Saddam Hussein and his regime are concealing their efforts to produce more weapons of mass destruction.

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.

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 p[...]

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