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  • Lawsuit claims US aid to Israel violates nuclear pact

    08/12/2016 10:07:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Jewish Telegraphic Agency ^ | August 12, 2016 6:31am
    A lawsuit filed in a US district court claims that US aid to Israel is illegal under a law passed in the 1970s that prohibits aid to nuclear powers that don’t sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Grant Smith, director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, who filed the lawsuit Monday with a Washington DC court, said the United States has given Israel an estimated $234 billion in foreign aid since Congress in 1976 passed the International Security Assistance and Arms Export Control Act, with its stipulation regarding countries that did not sign the NPT, according to Courthouse News....
  • Reckless Lunacy (Oliver North on Obama & disarmament)

    08/23/2012 4:55:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 24, 2012 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — Americans following this year's presidential campaign would never know it from mainstream media coverage, but the commander in chief we hired four years ago has set the United States on a course for unilateral disarmament. The following people hope you won't notice until after Nov. 6: Vladimir Putin, Liang Guanglie, Kim Jong-un, Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Sayyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, A.Q. Khan and of course, Barack Obama. The 10 individuals above share a common fascination: nuclear weapons. Vladimir Putin, Russia's modern czar; Liang Guanglie, minister of national defense for...
  • 'It's Terrifying': Students Build Grassroots Momentum for Nuclear Disarmament

    05/03/2010 6:33:02 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 44 replies · 784+ views
    'It's Terrifying': Students Build Grassroots Momentum for Nuclear Disarmament Activist Students Say Nuclear Weapons Elimination Should Be a Top Priority for Their Generation By HUMA KHAN May 3, 2010— Scott Ibaraki has been on the road for the last three weeks. Ibaraki, 22, has driven from Florida to Washington, D.C., in a dusty green van, accompanied by two colleagues for what he describes as an important mission: warning people about the dangers of a nuclear world. It is so important to him that Ibaraki, at one college campus, used a Pikachu outfit and ran across the campus with a megaphone...
  • Rouhani chides Israel for not signing nuke treaty

    09/26/2013 10:59:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 26, 2013 12:30 PM EDT | Matthew Lee and Lara Jakes
    Heading into a historic meeting on Tehran’s disputed nuclear activities, Iran’s new president called on Israel on Thursday to join an international treaty banning the spread of nuclear weapons, chiding the Jewish state for being the only Mideast nation that has failed to do so. President Hassan Rouhani addressed a United Nations forum on nuclear disarmament, speaking as chair of an organization of mostly developing countries that has long demanded that Israel sign the landmark 1979 Non-Proliferation Treaty. …
  • Lawmaker: Iran could quit nuclear treaty

    04/08/2013 10:23:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 8, 2013 10:33 AM EDT | Ali Akbar Dareini
    Iran will keep the option of withdrawing from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty on the table and will seriously consider it if the West intensifies sanctions or refers the case to the U.N. Security Council, a leading lawmaker warned Monday. Alaeddin Boroujerdi said Iran cannot remain an NPT member while it is punished for exercising its nuclear rights, while offering terms for a deal at the same time—halting high-quality enrichment in exchange for cancellation of punishing Western sanctions. … Boroujerdi heads the Iranian parliament’s security and foreign policy committee. The 1968 treaty aims to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. Signatories...
  • Digging into China’s nuclear tunnels

    11/30/2011 2:32:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Washington Post ^ | November 30, 2011 | William Wan
    The Chinese have called it their “Underground Great Wall” — a vast network of tunnels designed to hide their country’s increasingly sophisticated missile and nuclear arsenal. For the past three years, a small band of obsessively dedicated students at Georgetown University has called it something else: homework. Led by their hard-charging professor, a former top Pentagon official, they have translated hundreds of documents, combed through satellite imagery, obtained restricted Chinese military documents and waded through hundreds of gigabytes of online data. The result of their effort? The largest body of public knowledge about thousands of miles of tunnels dug by...
  • America's Nuclear Surrender

    05/04/2010 5:57:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies · 1,087+ views ^ | May 4, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Defense: The administration proudly reveals a state secret to our enemies before a U.N. conference on nuclear nonproliferation. It wants to lead by example on disarmament, but Iran and North Korea aren't following. Not since the 1928 Kellogg-Briand Pact that sought to outlaw war as an instrument of national policy has there been such a stunning display of dangerous naivete. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton disclosed U.S. nuclear secrets to the U.N. conference while proudly proclaiming it showed America is sending "a clear, unmistakable signal" that this nation is committed to nuclear disarmament. Kellogg-Briand laid the groundwork for Munich in...
  • Obamalateral Disarmament

    04/06/2010 4:51:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies · 1,115+ views ^ | April 6, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    National Security: Aiming at a world where nuclear weapons are obsolete, the administration's nuclear posture review leaves a world without American nuclear weapons and the backbone to use them. After his stunning bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Japanese Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto lamented that all that had been accomplished was to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve. Under policies announced by the Obama administration, a devastating chemical or biological attack on this country might merely awaken our very own Hamlet and fill him with a terrible sense of angst. We have said before that rather...
  • Our Aging Deterrent

    08/12/2009 5:53:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies · 648+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 12, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Defense: President Obama dreams of a world without nuclear weapons. Unless testing and maintenance of our nuclear deterrent is resumed, it will be a world without American nuclear weapons.In his Prague speech this spring, the president spoke of "America's commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons," ignoring the fact that before 1945 we lived in such a world and it was neither peaceful nor secure. We recently observed the anniversaries of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, actions that brought an abrupt end to the carnage of World War II and arguably...
  • Presidential Memorandum Regarding India

    03/10/2010 5:47:16 PM PST · by Cindy · 3 replies · 178+ views ^ | March 3, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Home • Briefing Room • Presidential Actions • Presidential Memoranda The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release February 03, 2010 Presidential Memorandum Regarding India Presidential Determination No. 2010-04 MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE SUBJECT: Certifications Pursuant to Section 104 of the United States-India Nuclear Cooperation Approval and Nonproliferation Enhancement Act Regarding the Safeguards Agreement Between India and the International Atomic Energy Agency Pursuant to section 104 of the United States-India Nuclear Cooperation Approval and Nonproliferation Enhancement Act (Public Law 110-369), I hereby determine and certify that: 1....
  • The United States is looking for nukes in all the wrong places

    11/01/2009 10:49:14 AM PST · by thisisthetime · 3 replies · 385+ views
    The United States is looking for nukes in all the wrong places. Nuclear terrorism won't come from countries; it will come from vast networks of operatives with only tenuous links to states. Nor are terrorists likely to get their nuclear material from rogue regimes. Far more probable is that they will steal it or obtain it through the growing global black market. If this is to be prevented, the United States and its allies will have to give their counterproliferation mindset a sweeping overhaul. Today's terrorist threats are far less tangible than the traditional, state-centric security ones embodied by such...
  • Statement by the President on Beginning of Negotiations on Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty

    05/30/2009 12:56:24 AM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies · 443+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.GOV ^ | May 29, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The folllowing text is a quote: THE BRIEFING ROOM THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary _________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release May 29, 2009 Statement by the President on Beginning of Negotiations on Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty There is no greater security challenge in the world today than turning the tide on nuclear-proliferation, and pursuing the goal of a nuclear-free world. I welcome today’s important agreement at the Conference on Disarmament to begin negotiations on a Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty, which will end production of fissile materials for use in atomic bombs. As I announced in Prague, a verified...

    03/02/2009 6:17:05 PM PST · by Cindy · 4 replies · 304+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.GOV ^ | Unknown | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: THE AGENDA • FOREIGN POLICY THE AGENDA FOREIGN POLICY President Obama and Vice President Biden will renew America’s security and standing in the world through a new era of American leadership. The Obama-Biden foreign policy will end the war in Iraq responsibly, finish the fight against the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan, secure nuclear weapons and loose nuclear materials from terrorists, and renew American diplomacy to support strong alliances and to seek a lasting peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Afghanistan and Pakistan Afghanistan: Obama and Biden will refocus American resources on...
  • A Debate McCain Should Want

    03/12/2008 5:03:14 PM PDT · by Delacon · 14 replies · 395+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | March 12, 2008 | DANIEL FREEDMAN
    Pressure is quietly mounting on John McCain to support the idea of a nuclear-free world. It is being pushed primarily by former secretaries of state, and Senator McCain advisers, Henry Kissinger and George Shultz.They are joined in their efforts by a bipartisan slate of eminent national security figures, including a former secretary of defense during the Clinton administration, William Perry, and a Democratic Party heavyweight, Sam Nunn. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have already signaled their support for the effort.The Kissinger-Shultz argument says that in today's world where nuclear weapons are both becoming more dangerous and are being procured by...
  • Iran's German Enablers - Berlin puts business interests ahead of nonproliferation.

    09/25/2007 5:29:21 AM PDT · by Argentine-Firecracker · 2 replies · 152+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | September 24, 2007 | YOSSI KLEIN HALEVI
    JERUSALEM--Business opportunities in Iran were the theme of a German government-sponsored conference last week in Darmstadt, Germany. "Iran is accustomed to crises," the conference invitation delicately noted, "but somehow always keeps going forward." In fact, Iran's resilience is made possible in no small measure by Germany itself, which remains one of Iran's largest trading partners. Now Berlin is balking at international attempts to intensify economic sanctions against the Tehran regime for its nuclear program. Just how discordant Germany's Iranian policy is even within the European Union was made clear to me last spring, when I participated in a "roving seminar"...
  • The World’s Growing Nuclear Club-India can offer some lessons

    04/17/2007 9:29:19 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies · 526+ views
    Yale Global ^ | 16 April 2007 | Humphrey Hawksley
    The World’s Growing Nuclear Club India can offer some lessons on non-proliferation in a new nuclear age Humphrey Hawksley YaleGlobal, 16 April 2007 TARAPUR, INDIA: Behind the heightened tension with Iran lies a wider problem that world leaders must swiftly and substantively grasp. The Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), drawn up in 1968, needs to be re-written to make it both workable and acceptable to nations who view it as outdated and unfair. Over the next generation, as the scramble for energy gathers pace, many more governments will announce plans to build uranium-enrichment facilities. Some will be friendly...
  • Iran to pull out of nuclear treaty 'if further pressure'(Iran emulates NK)

    04/09/2007 7:23:17 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 40 replies · 1,730+ views
    AFP ^ | 04/09/07
    Iran to pull out of nuclear treaty 'if further pressure' 13 minutes ago Iran will be obliged to pull out of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty if it is subjected to further international pressure over its atomic programme, chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani warned on Monday. "If they pressure us further we will have no choice but to reconsider our membership of the NPT as parliament has ruled," Larijani said, referring to a law agreed by parliament last year allowing the government to reduce cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog.
  • Stronger Future for Nuclear Power

    07/07/2006 8:54:36 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies · 211+ views
    Physics Today ^ | February 2006 | Paul Guinnessy
    Some two dozen power plants are scheduled to be built or refurbished during the next five years in Canada, China, several European Union countries, India, Iran, Pakistan, Russia, and South Africa. In the US and the UK, governmental preparations are under way that may lead to 15 new reactor orders by 2007. About 16% of the world's electricity supply comes from nuclear power, and energy demand is increasing (see PHYSICS TODAY, April 2002, page 54). Worldwide, nearly 80% of the 441 commercial nuclear reactors currently in operation are more than 15 years old.
  • Russia sticking to non-proliferation commitments - minister

    05/29/2006 7:26:05 PM PDT · by Romanov · 4 replies · 163+ views
    Ria Novosti ^ | 26 May 2006 | Unknown
    ST. PETERSBURG, May 26 (RIA Novosti) - Russia rigorously complies with all its commitments on nuclear non-proliferation, the country's defense minister said Friday. "Rumors that Russia is covertly providing [nuclear] assistance to Iran is nothing but propaganda," Sergei Ivanov, who is also deputy prime minister, said following talks in Russia's second city with his German counterpart, Franz Josef Jung. Ivanov said the construction of a nuclear power plant in Bushehr, Iran, with Russian help had nothing to do with non-proliferation regulations. "Supplies of fuel to the plant are possible if only [the spent fuel] is then returned to Russia," he...
  • Ahmadinejad says Iran may withdraw from NPT [Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty]

    04/24/2006 3:09:38 PM PDT · by familyop · 7 replies · 439+ views
    Associated Press by way of Jerusalem Post ^ | 24APR06 | Associated Press
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hinted Monday that Iran was considering withdrawing from the worldwide Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and said he did not think the UN Security Council would impose sanctions on Iran. "Those who speak about sanctions would be damaged more (than Iran)," he told a press conference. "But no particular event will happen, don't worry." Ahmadinejad said that Iran would reconsider its compliance with NPT and membership of the International Atomic Energy Agency if they continued to be of no benefit to the country. "What has more than 30 years of membership in the agency given us?" he asked....
  • Iran reaffirms compliance with nuclear arms control treaty - nuclear nonproliferation treaty - NPT

    02/12/2006 11:58:59 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 282+ views
    ap on San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 2/12/06 | Nasser Karimi - ap
    TEHRAN, Iran – Iran reaffirmed its commitment to a nuclear arms control treaty Sunday and urged a peaceful solution to the international crisis over concerns it is seeking to develop atomic weapons, a day after its hard-line president issued a veiled threat to withdraw from the pact. Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency, meanwhile, began a mission to Iran to learn just what controls remain on nuclear sites and equipment after Tehran ended all but minimum cooperation with the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency. In Vienna, Austria, a diplomat told The Associated Press Saturday that some International Atomic Energy Agency...
  • Ukraine wants its own uranium cycle

    01/13/2006 9:45:18 PM PST · by rjp2005 · 17 replies · 382+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Jan 14 2006 | AP
    Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko said Friday that his country should produce its own nuclear fuel for power plants, part of the West-leaning leader's effort to reduce its reliance on Russia following a dispute over natural gas prices. "We must change our uranium policy - our policy on the use of uranium for peaceful purposes," Yushchenko said on national television. "We must cooperate with international allies on a serious political and economic level so that we can have a full cycle of processing and production of nuclear fuel."
  • Defining deterrence

    09/29/2005 11:45:32 AM PDT · by JZelle · 3 replies · 209+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 9-29-05 | Robert R. Monroe
    Misunderstandings over "deterrence" are greatly damaging U.S. foreign policy and national security. Deterrence is based upon fear. We deter someone from an action against us by instilling fear of the consequences. To be effective, our threat of deterrence must be credible. Our adversary must absolutely believe we will carry out our threat. In the case of nuclear deterrence -- since the stakes are so high -- he must be confident the consequences for him will be intolerable; that we will destroy all he holds dear; that we will do so rapidly and devastatingly; and that the loss to him will...
  • U.N. reform agenda watered-down(U.N. remains bloated?)

    09/13/2005 6:21:57 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 442+ views
    AP (via CNN) ^ | 09/13/05
    U.N. reform agenda watered-down General Assembly adopts wording stripped of details UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday adopted a watered-down draft document on poverty, human rights and reform for this week's summit of world leaders to consider, shedding many of Secretary-General Kofi Annan's ambitious goals after weeks of bitter debate. The compromise 35-page document is supposed to launch a major reform of the United Nations itself and galvanize efforts to ease global poverty. But to reach a consensus, most of the text's details were gutted in favor of abstract language. A definition of terrorism and details...
  • Offer by Europe Would Give Iran Nuclear Future

    08/04/2005 7:46:23 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 24 replies · 581+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 - In a first test of the new leadership in Iran, European negotiators have prepared a sweeping proposal that raises the possibility of Iran acquiring nuclear reactors and fuel, and of achieving a full political and economic relationship with the West, if it ends nuclear activities suspected to be part of a weapons program, Western diplomats said Thursday. The European offer, drafted with the tacit approval of the Bush administration, is to be transmitted by the end of this weekend as the latest step in a European-American effort to get Iran to abandon its suspected nuclear arms...
  • Good day for India, bad for nonproliferation

    07/24/2005 8:39:12 PM PDT · by ttsmi · 21 replies · 477+ views
    The Daily Times, Pakistan ^ | 25 July | Strobe Talbot
    The Indians have also long claimed that the NPT unfairly grandfathered China, India’s rival and sometimes-adversary, into the nuclear club while keeping India itself out on the grounds that it had not tested a weapon when the treaty was completed. Not only does the Bush administration accept that logic — so did the Clinton administration. That was why, rather than insisting that India join the NPT as a non-nuclear-weapon state, the US has, for much of the past seven years, tried to work out a genuine compromise. Such an agreement would give India more access to technology necessary for its...
  • Nuclear Aid to India: Why would the U.S. want to take this risk?

    07/23/2005 3:48:01 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 12 replies · 384+ views
    Dallas News ^ | 12:07 AM CDT on Saturday, July 23, 2005 | Dallas News
    {snip}The United States has wisely been very cautious about sharing nuclear technology – military or civilian. Just a few months ago, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told The Wall Street Journal that any decision to sell civilian nuclear technology to India would have "quite serious" implications for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. So why did President Bush decide this week to help India build nuclear power plants and import advanced weapons? Certainly, a domestic civilian nuclear power program will aid India's economy and gives the United States another strong ally in the region against Muslim extremism, the emerging military and economic...
  • IAEA seeks to put 8-10 nuclear facilities under int'l management (including in U.S.)

    07/15/2005 10:09:57 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 22 replies · 457+ views
    Kyodo News (Japan) ^ | July 16, 2005
    VIENNA, July 16 KYODO - The International Atomic Energy Agency seeks to put eight to 10 nuclear facilities, including ones in Japan, the United States, Russia and Finland, under international management, diplomatic sources close to the U.N. nuclear watchdog said Saturday. They include a reprocessing facility in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, while some of the others may be newly built under the initiative, they said. The IAEA plans to submit a draft to address the initiative to a board of directors meeting in September and put it into practice by 2010, when the next Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference will...
  • G-8 to push N. Korea to abandon nuke plans

    06/29/2005 5:14:57 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 224+ views
    G-8 to push N. Korea to abandon nuke plans The Yomiuri Shimbun A nuclear nonproliferation declaration that pressures North Korea to abandon its nuclear development program is to be adopted at the upcoming Group of Eight major nations summit meeting in Gleneagles, Scotland, government sources said Monday. The declaration, which has been tentatively called the "declaration concerning nonproliferation," will express "grave concern" over North Korea, which declared in February that it possessed nuclear weapons. According to the sources, if the schedule for resumption of the six-way talks is not decided at the July 6-8 summit meeting, the G-8 will demand...
  • Jimmy Carter: Erosion of the Nonproliferation Treaty

    05/01/2005 9:04:12 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies · 588+ views
    IHT ^ | 05/02/05 | Jimmy Carter
    Jimmy Carter: Erosion of the Nonproliferation Treaty Jimmy Carter International Herald Tribune MONDAY, MAY 2, 2005 ATLANTA As the review conference of the Nonproliferation Treaty convenes in New York this month, we can only be appalled at the indifference of the United States and the other nuclear powers. This indifference is remarkable, considering the addition of Iran and North Korea as states that either possess or seek nuclear weapons programs. In the run-up to the conference, a group of "Middle States" had a simple goal: "To exert leverage on the nuclear powers to take some minimum steps to save the...
  • Iran's "Right" to a Nuclear Program

    03/24/2005 1:39:59 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 3 replies · 363+ views
    Project for the New American Century ^ | March 16, 2005 | Gary Schmitt
    MEMORANDUM TO: OPINION LEADERSFROM: GARY SCHMITTSUBJECT: Iran's "Right" to a Nuclear Program According to a front-page story in the New York Times yesterday ("Reshaping Nuclear Rules," by David Sanger), the Bush administration is seeking to close loopholes in the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT). The administration's concern is that the treaty allows states to become virtual or actual nuclear weapons states under the guise of acquiring technology, infrastructure, and know-how for "peaceful" nuclear energy programs.The core problem with the NPT is that it appears to give non-nuclear weapon states a "right" to nuclear technology and assistance in exchange for foreswearing weapons...
  • U.S. to Fund Chinese Agency Aiding Iranian and Pakistani Nukes

    03/02/2005 3:03:57 PM PST · by Bald Eagle777 · 9 replies · 509+ views
    Human Events ^ | March 2, 2005 | Timothy P. Carney
    There is an arm of the Chinese government that has repeatedly aided the nuclear weapons programs of Pakistan and Iran. Now that arm is in line for a $5-billion loan deal from the U.S. government--for the benefit of two major U.S. corporations. The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im), an independent federal agency that finances exports, has granted a preliminary commitment for the largest deal in it is history: $5 billion in loans and loan guarantees to the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) to build nuclear power plants. According to U.S. government reports, CNNC has been tied to at...
  • Bush promotes 'nuclear hawks'

    02/03/2005 7:47:32 PM PST · by Right in Wisconsin · 4 replies · 298+ views
    The Financial Times | 02.03.05 | Guy Dinmore
    A group of hardline officials known as “nuclear hawks” is being promoted in a shake-up of the Bush administration's arms control and non-proliferation teams, according to officials close to the administration. The latest appointment, announced by President George W. Bush on Monday, saw Jack Crouch, the ambassador to Romania, become deputy national security adviser. Mr Crouch, who served in the Pentagon from 2001 to 2003 as assistant secretary of defence for international security policy, has a long background in arms control. In his Senate confirmation hearing in 2001 he was questioned on his support for US testing of nuclear weapons,...
  • Enough Brinksmanship (Rethink nuclear nonproliferation, before it's too late)

    11/16/2004 3:11:38 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 4 replies · 333+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | November 22, 2004 | Henry Sokolski
    AS THE UNITED STATES and its allies give Tehran its fifth chance in nearly two years to suspend activities that could bring it within weeks of having enough enriched uranium for a large arsenal, the question arises: Isn't there a better way to prevent states from getting nuclear weapons? The answer is yes, but only if we and our partners are willing to be much more aggressive in adapting existing nonproliferation efforts to today's threats.The key problem is that our current policy concedes too much. Iran, for instance, asserts that it has the right under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty to...
  • Kerry would give Nukes to Iran

    10/01/2004 4:11:11 PM PDT · by Nice50BMG · 83 replies · 3,621+ views ^ | 10/1/04 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I promised a sound bite or two. Yes, two on this Iraq business. Actually, Iran and nuclear material. Here is what Kerry says about Iran and giving them nuclear material. JOHN KERRY: With respect to Iran, the British, French and Germans were the ones who initiated an effort, without the United States regrettably, to begin to try to move to deter the nuclear possibilities in Iran. I believe we could have done better. I think the United States should have offered the opportunity to provide the nuclear fuel, test them, see whether or not they were actually...
  • Nuclear Rights and Wrongs

    09/21/2004 1:24:46 PM PDT · by xsysmgr · 2 replies · 200+ views
    National Review Online ^ | September 21, 2004 | Henry Sokolski
    Iran should not be allowed to dictate the terms of the nonproliferation treaty Ever since word first leaked out that Iran was trying to make nuclear-weapons-usable fuels, U.S. officials have been trying to get the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to refer the matter to the United Nations Security Council. Washington's first argument — now over two years old — was that Iran cheated for nearly two decades on its nonproliferation-treaty (NPT) obligation to declare its sensitive nuclear activities to the IAEA. This was confirmed by the agency but put aside in favor of encouraging Iran to open up...
  • Nuclear Pyongyang

    08/16/2004 5:37:15 AM PDT · by OESY · 6 replies · 602+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 16, 2004 | JAMES A. BAKER III
    ...Earlier this month in Jakarta, Secretary of State Colin Powell met with North Korean Foreign Minister Paek Nam Sun, the highest-level meeting between the two countries since 2002. They discussed a plan put forward by the U.S. at six-party talks in late June to exchange a step-by-step dismantling of Pyongyang's nuclear program for South Korean and Japanese assistance to North Korea and security assurances from the U.S.... North Korea continues to issue outrageous threats. Just a week after the Jakarta meeting, Defense Minister Kim Il-chol warned that his country would pummel the U.S. "with merciless crushing blows" if provoked.... In...
  • Policy Memo: The Bush Administration Record on Nonproliferation

    06/01/2004 2:42:34 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 2 replies · 224+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | June 01, 2004
    MEMORANDUMFROM: BC'04 POLICY DEPARTMENTRE: THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION RECORD ON NONPROLIFERATION INTRODUCTION Preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) around the world continues to be an urgent priority of President George W. Bush and his Administration. There is no greater danger to our people than the nexus of terrorists and weapons of mass destruction. The risks posed by this dangerous nexus cannot be contained or deterred by traditional means. From the beginning of his Administration, the President's national security strategy has committed the US to work with its allies to: Ensure that international agreements against the proliferation of...
  • The Kerry Line: Kerry's Nonproliferation Rhetoric

    06/01/2004 1:22:34 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 1 replies · 134+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | June 1, 2004
    "John Kerry's embrace of nonproliferation goals and objectives already laid out by President Bush is a welcome step, but his failure to accept the success of negotiations with Libya and his criticism of a multilateral approach to confront the threat from North Korea demonstrate that John Kerry can't help but play politics with national security." -Steve Schmidt, Bush-Cheney '04 Spokesman Kerry Promises To Elevate Nonproliferation To The Top Of The Global Agenda – A Step Already Taken By President Bush And His G-8 Colleagues In December 2003, Kerry Promised To "Elevate Non-Proliferation To The Top Of The Global Agenda."...
  • Bush Says Terrorists Must Lose Race for Weapons of Mass Murder

    02/14/2004 6:25:41 PM PST · by Calpernia · 12 replies · 198+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb. 14, 2004 | By Rudi Williams
    When suicidal terrorists used commercial airliners as bombs on Sept. 11, 2001, it raised the prospect of even worse dangers: terrorists armed with chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons, President Bush said in his weekly radio address today. "The possibility of secret and sudden attack with weapons of mass destruction is the greatest threat before humanity today," he emphasized. The president said America is confronting this danger with open eyes and unbending purpose. But he warned that America faces the possibility of catastrophic attack from ballistic missiles armed with weapons of mass destruction. "So we are developing and deploying missile...
  • US, Russia Discuss Non-Proliferation Efforts

    01/30/2004 10:16:20 AM PST · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 112+ views ^ | January 30 2004 | Sergei Blagov
    Moscow ( - The Russian Foreign Ministry described non-proliferation talks with the United States on Friday as "serious, businesslike and pragmatic," but Moscow has so far refrained from a clear commitment to join the U.S.-backed Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI). U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton traveled to Russia this week for talks aimed largely at urging Russia to join the PSI, which is designed to further curb the spread of weapons of mass destruction. Bolton met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Kislyak, who is in charge of non-proliferation issues; Atomic Energy Minister Alexander Rumyantsev, and other officials. So far,...
  • 'Scrap nuclear arms' Israel urged

    12/12/2003 5:35:48 PM PST · by Optimist · 31 replies · 121+ views
    BBC News ^ | Friday, 12 December, 2003, 12:01 GMT | BBC News
    'Scrap nuclear arms' Israel urged ElBaradei: IAEA assumes Israel has nuclear weapons The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog has urged Israel to surrender its alleged nuclear weapons in order to further peace in the Middle East. International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei told an Israeli newspaper such weapons were not "an incentive for security". He also said Israel should sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Israel has never confirmed being a nuclear power, but is widely believed to possess nuclear weapons. Need for dialogue In his first interview with an Israeli newspaper, Mr ElBaradei told Haaretz...
  • Niger's low security for uranium, radioactive materials under scrutiny

    09/21/2003 9:26:50 PM PDT · by piasa · 13 replies · 2,473+ views
    AP via The Canadian Press, ^ | Friday, September 19, 2003 | BRUCE STANLEY
    NIAMEY, Niger (AP) - Two or three times each week, a convoy of flatbed trucks loaded with drums of mined uranium heads south from the Sahara Desert in Niger on a 10-day journey to the port of Cotonou in neighbouring Benin. Two lightly armed Nigerien gendarmes accompany the tarp-covered trucks on their 1,995-kilometre trip. They have no satellite phones or other ways to communicate in case of trouble. On their prearranged stops for the night the drivers must notify the mining companies, but they take no special precautions to secure the drums against theft. This low-grade security for the powder...
  • U.S. Says Iran Violating Nuclear Treaty

    09/09/2003 6:36:19 PM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 3 replies · 138+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | September 9, 2003 | GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press Writer
    The United States accused Iran on Tuesday of violating the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty but said Tehran had "a last chance" to prove it wasn't running a covert weapons program. Backed by key allies, chief U.S. delegate Kenneth Brill took Iran to task on the basis of a report outlining discrepancies between its past statements on its nuclear program and findings by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The report, by IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei, lists the discovery of weapons-grade enriched uranium and other evidence that critics say point to a weapons program. "The United States believes the facts already established would...
  • Iran will not quit Non-Proliferation Treaty - spokesman

    07/21/2003 12:07:38 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 139+ views
    BBC Monitoring ^ | July 21 2003 | IRNA
    Tehran, 21 July: Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi on Monday [21 July] gave the assurance that Iran is committed to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Asefi, speaking at his weekly press conference, denied conflicting reports by the foreign media about Iran's nuclear activities, its possible exit from the NPT or signing of the additional protocol to the NPT. "The Islamic Republic of Iran's (reported) quitting from the NPT is not on the agenda and Iran is committed to the treaty," he said. "It is but natural for people to express different opinions in a free society," he said, adding...
  • Comparing the Threat of North Korea with the Threat of Iraq

    03/17/2003 6:27:31 AM PST · by az4vlad · 2 replies · 372+ views ^ | March 15, 2003 | Rachel Alexander
    Perhaps the reason why the Bush administration is focusing on Iraq rather than North Korea is a bit more complex than it appears. The issues involved are more problematic than the Left's typical hand-scrawled protest signs, "Babes, not Bombs."Is the Bush administration using a double standard by aggressively reacting to Iraq but seeming to downplay the North Korean threat? The Left criticizes Bush, claiming that his concentration on Saddam Hussein is causing him to ignore the real threat, Kim Jong-il, who is rumored to already have missiles with the capability of striking the United States. Unfortunately, many on the Left...
  • Denmark demands American concessions

    02/25/2003 8:05:06 AM PST · by anguish · 7 replies · 260+ views
    Yahoo (Swedish) ^ | Feb 24, 2003
    Denmark demands American concessionsThe Danish foreign minister Pers Path Möller asks the US to accept all UN agreement regarding weapons of mass destruction. He recieves support from his Swedish counterpart Anna Lindh. At the same time as Denmark prepare themselves to support a US-led war against Iraq with equipment and soldiers, the foreign minister asks the USA and all other countries to sign the various UN agreements related to nuclear, chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction, says Berlingske Tidende [danish newspaper]. Möller especially points at the US refusal to accept the nuclear test ban treaty and says that this...
  • North Korea to pull out of pact limiting nuclear weapons because of US 'threats'

    01/01/2003 7:52:09 AM PST · by knighthawk · 12 replies · 220+ views
    Independent ^ | January 01 2003 | James Palmer and Anne Penketh
    North Korea said yesterday that it was pulling out of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty because of American threats. As two United Nations nuclear inspectors expelled by Pyongyang arrived in China, North Korea accused the United States of plotting war against it, and vowed to fight "to the last man". Pak Ui Chun, North Korea's ambassador to Moscow, said that the US had not only made moves to cut off fuel oil supplies, it had been "threatening us with a preventative nuclear strike". "In these circumstances, we also cannot fulfil the Non-Proliferation Treaty, the basic clause of which is the obligation...
  • Senior Iranian official in Russia for nuclear consultations

    08/21/2002 3:53:38 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 177+ views
    A high-ranking Iranian official arrived in Moscow on Tuesday for three days of consultations with Russian diplomats expected to focus on nuclear non-proliferation issues, Interfax reported. Zamani Nia, the Iranian foreign ministry's general director for international policy issues, would review "an extensive range of disarmament and export control issues" in the course of his visit, the news agency said, quoting a Russian source. His visit comes following Moscow's announcement last month that it planned to expand its nuclear cooperation with Tehran beyond existing projects. Additionally, they are expected to discuss Russia’s reported inability to guarantee the return from Iran of...
  • Bio-Terrorism: Are We Ready?

    06/18/2002 7:42:54 AM PDT · by katman · 3 replies · 384+ views
    CNN ^ | June 18, 2002 | Joe Katzman
    <p>Biological warfare is the subject of today's "Winds of Change" features. Lady Margaret Thatcher leads off in typically clear and inspirational style. The recently-passed Bioterrorism Preparedness Act of 2001 follows - it's a start, but large gaps remain. We look at the act and the gaps, and set out the 10-point plan for change. In-depth briefings on anthrax and smallpox round out today's features.</p>