Why South Africa Gave up Its Nuclear Weapons Forever
The National Interest -

Robert Farley

History, Africa

What happened?

Key Point: The old apartheid government caved to foreign pressure and didn't want the newly-elected government to gain control of the weapons.

Why did South Africa decide to build nukes, how did it build them and why did it decide to give them up? The answers are largely idiosyncratic, although they may hold some lessons for the future of nuclear weapons development on the Korean Peninsula and elsewhere.

Origins of Program

South Africa sought...

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