„I, right from the beginning, have been terribly worried by the existence of nuclear weapons and very much against their use.“

On potentials for misuse of nuclear power, p. 31
Portraits in Science interviews (1994)
Kontext: I, who had been in favour of nuclear energy for generating electricity … I suddenly realised that anybody who has a nuclear reactor can extract the plutonium from the reactor and make nuclear weapons, so that a country which has a nuclear reactor can, at any moment that it wants to, become a nuclear weapons power. And I, right from the beginning, have been terribly worried by the existence of nuclear weapons and very much against their use.

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„It would be very dangerous to use the military option [against Iran]. It would not be a good thing. But it would be much more dangerous and much worse if they had nuclear weapons.“

—  Rudy Giuliani American businessperson and politician, former mayor of New York City 1944 - 2001

Hannity and Colmes, Fox News, April 4, 2007.

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„… the use of nuclear weapons is Iran's right.“

—  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 6th President of the Islamic Republic of Iran 1956

CNN mistranslation of phrase in 14 January 2006 news conference
correct translation: "Iran has the right to nuclear energy."
"CNN allowed to resume work in Iran after apology" http://www.iranfocus.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=5347--, Reuters, 17 January 2006
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„So long as the Soviet Union has nuclear weapons there have to be nuclear weapons somewhere in NATO to deter them from using them.“

—  Denis Healey British Labour Party politician and Life peer 1917 - 2015

The Tribune (28 March 1986).
1980s

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Denis Healey Foto

„The US, whether we like it or not, has nuclear weapons. The US is a member of NATO. Possession by the US of nuclear weapons is obviously a deterrent.“

—  Denis Healey British Labour Party politician and Life peer 1917 - 2015

The London Standard (30 September 1986).
1980s

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„As long as weapons of mass destruction exist, primarily nuclear weapons, the danger is colossal. All nations should declare... that nuclear weapons must be destroyed. This is to save ourselves and our planet.“

—  Mikhail Gorbachev General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union 1931

Quoted in https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-50265870/mikhail-gorbachev-tells-the-bbc-world-in-colossal-danger Mikhail Gorbachev tells the BBC: World in ‘colossal danger’, BBC World News,(4 November 2019)
2000s

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„Russia does not have in its possession any trustworthy data that supports the existence of nuclear weapons or any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and we have not received any such information from our partners as yet.“

—  Vladimir Putin President of Russia, former Prime Minister 1952

News conference http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,810093,00.html with then British Prime Minister Tony Blair, October 2002.
2000 - 2005

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„I think we have to get rid of nuclear weapons. The idea that somehow by having nuclear weapons you make the world a safer place is essentially insane.“

—  Dennis Kucinich Ohio politician 1946

Quoted in Alyssa Kim, "Kucinich Campaigns for Peace" (August 12, 2007). Kucinich was speaking on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, ABC News (August 12, 2007)

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„As long as some of us choose to rely on nuclear weapons, we continue to risk that these same weapons will become increasingly attractive to others.
I have no doubt that, if we hope to escape self-destruction, then nuclear weapons should have no place in our collective conscience, and no role in our security.“

—  Mohamed ElBaradei Egyptian law scholar and diplomat, former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and Nobel Peace P… 1942

Nobel lecture (2005)
Kontext: As long as some of us choose to rely on nuclear weapons, we continue to risk that these same weapons will become increasingly attractive to others.
I have no doubt that, if we hope to escape self-destruction, then nuclear weapons should have no place in our collective conscience, and no role in our security.
To that end, we must ensure — absolutely — that no more countries acquire these deadly weapons.
We must see to it that nuclear-weapon states take concrete steps towards nuclear disarmament.
And we must put in place a security system that does not rely on nuclear deterrence.

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—  Kim Jong-un 3rd Supreme Leader of North Korea 1984

Said to Moon Jae-in during the April 2018 inter-Korean summit according to a South Korean government spokesman, as quoted in Slate https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/04/kim-jong-un-says-north-korea-will-abandon-nuclear-program-if-u-s-pledges-not-to-invade.html

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