Chemical Weapons vs. Nuclear Weapons

Difference Between Chemical Weapons and Nuclear Weapons

Chemical weapons and nuclear weapons are weapons that are both destructive. The world has stood witness to the holocaust by nuclear weapons during the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the Second World War It was the first and last case in human history that nuclear weapons were used. They have caused massive destruction of lives and property and brought untold misery to the people because of the powerful radiations for many decades. Nuclear weapons were made under the leadership of United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, China and France, but even the latter three countries India, Pakistan and North Korea became the nuclear power.

Chemical weapons include those arms that use deadly chemicals to cause death and harm to the human population. Chemical weapons were used during the decades now but the world has now decided to get rid of these weapons and their elimination from the face of the planet has already begun. These weapons inflict untold misery on the population in which they are used, which is why the world unanimously condemned the storage of chemical weapons and their disposal is a step towards world peace and stability.

Both the nuclear weapons and chemical weapons along with biological weapons are called Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). They are fatal, causing death as destruction is concerned, but where such nuclear weapons undermine and destroy everything in their wake, chemical weapons are silent in nature as they contain gas toxic gases that torture and kill forms of life and vegetation. On the other hand nuclear weapons release much more energy causing immense damage and loss of lives.

The world has been striving to control the production and proliferation of these weapons since the signing of the Treaty of partial test ban in 1963, considerable progress has been made by the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), although it is also true that because of the partial nature of these treaties, three more nuclear powers have emerged in the process. Yet the fact that world has managed to control and eliminate chemical weapons is in itself a considerable achievement.

Summary

Both the chemical as well as nuclear weapons are called Weapons of mass destruction brings misery to the people causing many deaths and destruction.

By realizing the inherent dangers, the world tries to contain and then eliminate these weapons and has been successful as far as chemical weapons are concerned.

 

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