The world situation is precarious and requires the reinforcement of multilateral security treaties, particularly in regard to nuclear non-proliferation. North Korea has withdrawn from the NPT. There is increasing discussion even in Japan about the acquisition of nuclear weapons. There is more and more concern that Iran may become a nuclear weapon state. A world of nuclear haves and nuclear have-nots is becoming untenable.
A continued slide by the United States and its NATO allies in the direction of NPT violations could greatly increase proliferation dangers and even contribute to the collapse of the NPT and nuclear chaos. As the United States prepares to operationalize its new nuclear doctrine by building new nuclear weapons manufacturing plants, designing new types of nuclear weapons, and continuing its preparations to resume testing, the responsibilities of the allies of the United States to help stave off such an eventuality are greater and more urgent than ever.