OPINION

Letter to the editor: Could increased trade reduce nuclear threat?

Alvin Blake, Grand Forks, North Dakota

I don't know if nuclear first strike capability is possible.  We need to determine if an arms race with Russia could lead to our annihilation; and if so, we need to have both countries agree to a freeze on new nuclear weapons (at least if such a freeze is verifiable.)  There should of course be immediate inspection of any suspected nuclear weapon sites.  If Russia doesn't agree to this--and if any diplomatic gesture such as inviting them to join NATO doesn't work--then we need to have tougher sanctions than we do at present.

We should also (especially if such a freeze is non-verifiable) consider removing the threat by the prospect of increased trade.