Inside South Africa's Decision to Build (and Give Up) Nuclear Weapons
The National Interest -

Robert Farley

Nuclear Weapons, Africa

South Africa developed six uranium gun fission weapons, but renounced its nuclear arsenal in the 1990s.

Here's What You Need to Know: The region and the world are undoubtedly safer because of the decisions made in the 1990s to relinquish South Africa’s nuclear program.

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...

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