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Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty

February 2, 1989
Christopher's column makes a compelling case for halting further proliferation of nuclear weapons. Regrettably, he overlooks one obvious recommendation: Our government should accept Mikhail Gorbachev's standing offer to immediately end all further testing of nuclear warheads. In fact, we and the Soviets promised we'd do just that when we signed the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The truth is that we lack authority to bring about an end to nuclear proliferation when we continue to test these hideous weapons.
February 7, 1995 | From Reuters
Eight Arab states took a united stand Monday against international tolerance of Israel's refusal to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Egypt, Syria and six conservative Gulf states, meeting in Cairo at foreign ministers' level, said exempting Israel from nuclear inspections is incompatible with Middle East peace. It is the first time so many Arab states, at such a level, have taken a common position in the negotiations leading up to a big non-proliferation conference in Geneva in April.
October 22, 2002
"U.N. Resolutions Frequently Violated" (Oct. 17) omits two facts that are indispensable to understanding the baseless comparison of Iraq and Israel regarding the implementation of Security Council resolutions. While the article mentions the difference between compulsory Chapter 7 resolutions and nonbinding Chapter 6 resolutions, it neglects to point out that all but two Iraq resolutions came under Chapter 7 and are legally binding. Every Security Council resolution related to Israel was passed under Chapter 6 and thus advisory.
April 2, 1993 | Reuters
The world's nuclear watchdog ruled Thursday that North Korea broke an agreement to halt the spread of nuclear arms and referred the matter to the United Nations for possible sanctions. The International Atomic Energy Agency, meeting in Vienna with North Korea present, said the Communist state failed to comply with a nuclear safeguards agreement. It approved a resolution urging the U.N. Security Council to intervene.
April 2, 1993
While growing support for U.S. moral responsibility in Yugoslavia may motivate military response, this sort of action only clouds America's true security interests. With Japanese technology and fissionable material, it would take scientists in that country little more than a lunch break to become a nuclear threat. The same may soon be said of Germany, North Korea and Iran, as the number of non-adherents to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is sure to increase exponentially. Whether liberal or conservative, Americans need to concern themselves less with noble cause (such as Yugoslavia, Somalia, and Kuwait)
March 18, 1993 | Reuters
A U.S. diplomat in Beijing met Wednesday with his North Korean counterpart to express international concern at North Korea's decision to pull out of a key nuclear control agreement, the State Department said. The United States and other countries have reacted with alarm to the North Korean decision to withdraw from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which has been accompanied by a steep rise in tensions on the Korean Peninsula, where a bloody Cold War conflict raged in the 1950s.
March 25, 1993 | From Times Wire Services
North Korea announced Wednesday that it is ending the state of "semi-war" it declared during joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises that ended last Thursday. While the announcement, carried by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency, may help ease tensions on the volatile Korean Peninsula, there was no indication that the country is reconsidering its decision to withdraw from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
June 5, 1993 | Associated Press
U.S. diplomats failed to persuade North Korea on Friday to reverse its decision to drop out of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Friday's 3 1/2-hour meeting was the second this week between the two governments, which have no formal diplomatic relations. "There has been no progress so far," Vice Foreign Minister Kang Sok Ju of North Korea said later. But "the talks haven't failed yet." Kang said the two sides agreed to meet again, but he did not say when.
June 15, 1985
I am writing this letter in order to correct several statements attributed to me in Robert Toth's front-page article (June 2), "U.S.-Soviets Curbing Spread of A-Arms." That article incorrectly states that I date "U.S. anxiety about proliferation to the Indian explosion in 1974." What I in fact wrote in my Washington Quarterly article referred to by Toth is that it was not until the 1974 Indian nuclear explosion that the United States "fully recognized the danger of the spread of nuclear technology and imposed stringent nuclear-export controls."
February 5, 1993 | Reuters
The Parliament of Belarus, formerly the Soviet state of Byelorussia, on Thursday ratified the START-1 pact. The lawmakers voted 218-1 for the treaty, signed by the United States and the Soviet Union in 1991. About 60 other members of Parliament refused to take part in the vote. The legislature also approved Belarus' adherence to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, underscoring its wish to be a non-nuclear state.
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