A New Thrust against Nuclear Weapons
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In another departure from the policies of George W. Bush, President Barack Obama has put a ban on nuclear weapons back on the agenda for the United States and the United Nations. We hear about today's unanimous resolution by the UN Security Council. Will its provisions be verifiable? Will it make the world safer? Also, Ted Kennedy last wish granted as a temporary senator is named for Massachusetts, and an amateur treasure hunter's dream has been realized in England: 1500 pieces of gold and silver that could change modern ideas about the Dark Ages.
Banner image: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon (2nd R) speaks as US President Barack Obama (R), US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice (C), and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (2nd L) and British Prime Minister Grodon Brown listen during today's Security Council meeting. Photo: Hiroko Masuike/Getty Images
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A New Thrust against Nuclear Weapons ()
George W. Bush took a dim view of treaties designed to ban the testing of nuclear bombs and limit proliferation of materials and technology. Today, Barack Obama made history as the first American president to chair a meeting of the UN Security Council and in persuading all 15 members — represented by their heads of state — to approve a resolution including steps toward what the President calls "a world without nuclear weapons." But critics say he's "overselling" provisions that can't be verified and which won't make the world any safer from rogue states or international terrorists. What will it mean for Iran and North Korea? Will it help persuade the US Senate to ratify the comprehensive test ban treaty it rejected in 1999?
- Colum Lynch: UN Correspondent, Washington Post, @columlynch
- Daryl Kimball: Executive Director, Arms Control Association, @armscontrolnow
- Henry Sokolski: former Deputy for Nonproliferation Policy, Defense Department
- James Kitfield: National Security Correspondent, National Journal
Anglo-Saxon Treasure Found in British Field ()
The Anglo-Saxons ruled England from the 5th Century until the Norman Conquest in 1066. Now, with a metal detector, amateur treasure-hunter Terry Herbert has found an enormous hoard of buried gold and silver that one historian says "will make us rethink the Dark Ages." As many as 1500 sword decorations, crosses and other metal artifacts date back to 7th Century England, the era that celebrated Beowulf's battles with monsters and dragons. Gareth Williams is an expert on antiquities and curator at the British Museum.
- Gareth Williams: Curator of Early Medieval Coinage, British Museum
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