Undoing a weapons program is one of the rarest of decisions for an absolute leader. After South Africa’s apartheid government was replaced by black majority rule, South Africa astonished the world by disclosing that it had developed six nuclear weapons and then allowing the United Nations nuclear inspections agency, the International Atomic Energy Agency, to disarm it. That decision, in effect, was the result of a naturally occurring “regime change.” Libya’s important and welcome decision to abandon its unconventional weapons programs is all the more interesting since the same government that got Libya into the business of developing forbidden weapons has now ordered the change of course. But the larger issue is whether North Korea and Iran can be similarly disarmed and, if so, how best to go about it. Full Story
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