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The United States wants to have it both ways: to hold other countries accountable to international law while exempting itself.Rather than perishing, it's time to hold all countries, including the U.S. and other nuclear powers, accountable to the international rules of non-proliferation.The U.S. brazenly violates the NPT and Israel does worse: It has refused to sign the treaty and has claimed the right to a massive nuclear arsenal, acquired through subterfuge, that it refuses to acknowledge to this day.First, nuclear-weapon states pledge not to transfer nuclear weapons or to assist nonnuclear states' manufacture or acquisition of them, and nonnuclear states pledged not to receive or develop nuclear weapons.The core purpose of the NPT is to reverse the nuclear arms race, not to perpetuate the nuclear monopoly of a few countries.Denuclearizing itself would be "challenging" and would violate the "bedrock truth" that nuclear weapons serve U.S. military needs.The U.S. and it nuclear allies have repeatedly arrogated to themselves the right to ignore the U.N. Security Council and the international rule of law, such as the illegal NATO attacks against Gadhafi's regime in Libya and the illegal military incursions by the U.S., Israel, the United Kingdom and France in Syria in the effort to weaken or overthrow President Bashar Assad.
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