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Why isn't there Israel nuclear talk?

From a legal perspective: Israel hasn't signed the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Iran did sign the treaty and got the benefits from it - so Iran trying to get a nuclear weapon ...
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Why is nobody worried about Pakistan's nuclear program?

As Geobits said, It's generally accepted that Pakistan has had nuclear weapons for over 20 years. The problem with Iran is that their statements to the effect of "We're going to destroy Israel" ...
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Why is nobody worried about Pakistan's nuclear program?

You are incorrect to say, that there are double standards. You see, the is only one standard, INTEREST. Outcries, outrages, condemning, and expressing worry, are more or less, tools to secure and ...
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Why do countries typically build their own nuclear weapons rather than buy them?

Various international treaties often forbid countries from selling ready-made nuclear weapons to other countries. For example, the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty reads: Each nuclear-weapon ...
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What are the implications of the poisoning of Alexey Navalny with respect to the proliferation and use of banned chemical weapons?

What are the implications of the poisoning of Alexey Navalny with respect to the proliferation and use of banned chemical weapons? Implications emboldened below. Why Putin deliberately uses Novichok ...
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Why do countries typically build their own nuclear weapons rather than buy them?

There are several reasons: Need for constant service and replacement. Nuclear weapons decay. The warhead is actually a constantly-running nuclear reactor. Plutonium-239 decays to Uranium-235, ...
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What benefits are there for a nation to sign the NPT?

The issues involving Iran are quite exceptional, focusing primarily on these issues gives a rather misleading picture about the NPT. So, let's start with considering what the whole point of the NPT is....
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What are the implications of the poisoning of Alexey Navalny with respect to the proliferation and use of banned chemical weapons?

Here's my answer, but it's really just a collection of thoughts for someone with more knowledge to build on: What action, if any, will the signatories take The brazen way with which these agents have ...
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Can North Korea open source its atomic bomb and missile technology?

Another point to add: The knowledge how to build an atomic bomb is a very old and common one, and you can in fact retrieve it from the internet. In fact, the principle is very simple: A mass of ...
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Has Iran threatened to leave the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty before?

Yes, Iran previously threatened withdrawal from the NNPT in 2018. See, for example, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/24/iran-threatens-to-withdraw-from-nuclear-weapons-treaty-npt
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Can North Korea open source its atomic bomb and missile technology?

The design of nuclear bombs is well known by now. It's the enrichment facilities to separate the scarce (and fissionable) U-235 from the much more common U-238, and the reactor needed to make ...
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Can North Korea open source its atomic bomb and missile technology?

Additionally to @oranges' answer, DPRK was specifically known for using its weapons know-how and products as a cash cow (notably, chemical weapons technology to Syria, and missile technology to Iran. ...
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What is the point in keeping China out of MTCR?

According to Wikipedia, China was rejected in 2004: In 2004 China applied to join the MTCR, but members did not offer China membership because of concerns about China's export control standards. ...
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Why is nobody worried about Pakistan's nuclear program?

What makes you believe nobody is worried about Pakistan? The international reactions back in 1998 were similar to those to Iran today, including sanctions: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chagai-I#...
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Why is nobody worried about Pakistan's nuclear program?

Politics is not conducted on the basis of rational scientific methods, it's based largely on irrational preferences. The reality is that the Pakistani nuclear weapons pose a much greater threat to ...
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