US nuclear arsenal poses threat to world peace: Academic

The US military’s nuclear arsenal and Washington’s policy in utilizing them against countries represents a far greater threat to international peace than Russia’s nuclear weapons, an American writer and retired professor says.

“If the presence of nuclear weapons, then the US certainly is a major threat to world peace,” said James Petras, a professor emeritus of sociology at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York, and adjunct professor at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada.

“I don’t think the mere fact that Russia has nuclear arms makes it a threat; I think the question is the politics behind and for which the nuclear weaponry has been constructed,” Petras told Press TV on Tuesday.

The US was the first country to manufacture nuclear weapons and is the only country to have used them in combat during the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan near the end of World War 2.

Petras said the US and its allies…

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