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Nuclear disarmament talks like Groundhog Day, but more tragedy than comedy

By Douglas Roche      

The U.S. has plans to spend $100,000 per minute on the maintenance and expansion of nuclear weapons.

Syed Hasrin Syed Hussin, chair of the Third Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) Review Conference, briefs reporters at the closing of the meeting on May 10 at the United Nations in New York. The NPT is the most important arms control and disarmament agreement, says former Senator Douglas Roche. United Nations photograph by Evan Schneider

NEW YORK—When I sat through the speeches at the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) meeting at the United Nations earlier this month, I felt I was watching, again, the Groundhog Day movie—you know, the one where the weather forecaster is doomed to repeatedly relive the same day. The film was so popular, the term “Groundhog Day” is now used to describe a recurring situation in government and military arenas. It’s supposed to be funny.

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