Global Challenges

Meeting New Challenges


Opposing the Spread of Nuclear Weapons

Two rows of nuclear missiles are pointed toward the sky.

The development of nuclear weapons by antagonistic
forces is a source of concern for the United States.

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, a treaty intended to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, and to further the goal of achieving disarmament, has served to decrease the threat of nuclear war and disasters. Many countries around the world willingly adhere to its requirements. However, some countries have continued to pursue the development of nuclear weapons. The United States and the United Nations, face the challenge of keeping these countries from posing a threat to the rest of the world. In this section of the text, read about how the United States negotiated with two countries to continue the efforts of limiting nuclear weapons worldwide.

Directions: Before you read, write the lesson name on the blank at the top of the Lesson Note-Taking Organizer and copy the comprehension question(s) from that slide into the Comprehension Questions box. As you read through the lesson text, outline the section and define key words and people in the Notes section on the right. Write the answers to the comprehension questions as you find them in the reading. When you review your notes later, identify the main idea from each section of your notes and add those in the Main Concept sections on the left. Then briefly summarize the entire page of notes in the Summary space at the bottom. Continue this on a new page for each of the Instruction slides of the lesson. Finally, write the questions provided on the Activity and Review slides in the Lesson Activity and Review section and answer them using the notes you take.

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Before you read the text, preview the following comprehension questions and copy them into the first topic of your Lesson Note-Taking Organizer. Use the text to help you answer them.

  1. What did the United States ask other countries to do regarding Iran?

  2. What did the U.N. do to North Korea to condemn its nuclear testing?

  3. How did major Western powers impose sanctions on Iran to end its nuclear program?

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Access Topic 17: Meeting New Challenges, Lesson 2: Global Challenges in American History. Read Opposing the Spread of Nuclear Weapons.

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