Now, what message does that send Iran and NK?
To reinforce your point, remember that Ukraine had lots of nukes, but gave them up at the behest of the United States, Russia, Britain, France, and China, in return for promises from the signatories of the Budapest Memorandum and the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) via the Lisbon Protocol. It now appears that it was a foolish mistake to surrender all of the nukes on Ukrainian soil. Retaining even a few Cold War relics from the former Soviet nuclear arsenal would have bought Ukraine the same inviolability that India, Pakistan, Israel, North Korea, and the Budapest Memorandum & Lisbon Protocol signatories enjoy.
The Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurance, signed on December 5, 1994, sealed Ukraine’s membership in the NPT and its status as a non-nuclear country in return for security assurances. The signatories were the presidents of Ukraine (Leonid Kuchma), the US (Bill Clinton), Russia (Boris Yeltsin), and the British Prime Minister (John Major). Later, China and France, who became NPT members in 1992, also became signatories.
The Budapest Memorandum came after the Lisbon Protocol of 1992, which made Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan parties to the first Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I), a 1991 treaty signed by the US and the Soviet Union to reduce the number of nuclear weapons on each side.
The Budapest document committed the powers to “respect the independence and sovereignty and the existing borders of Ukraine” and the “obligation to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine”. It also committed them to not using their weapons against Ukraine “except in self-defence or otherwise in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations”.
The above excerpt comes from a distinctly “unbiased and even-handed” (intentionally neutral) article from The Indian Express, entitled
Explained: Why Ukraine gave up its nuclear arsenal.
Interestingly, as a wheat exporter, India also happens to be one of the beneficiaries of Putins War on Ukraine.