Washington is not taking its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty as seriously as it once did according to former chief U.N. weapons
inspector, Hans Blix. "Why are you complaining about (North Korea) breaching the treaty if treaties are not binding?" he, an international lawyer
asked rhetorically. Blix's comments came at the twice a decade review of the NPT which is currently stalled due to a lack of a stated agenda.
UNITED NATIONS - Washington isn't taking "the common bargain" of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty as seriously as it once did, and that's
dimming global support for the U.S. campaign to shut down the North Korean and Iranian nuclear programs, the former chief U.N. weapons inspector
Undersecretary of State John R. Bolton, by questioning the value of treaties and international law, has also damaged the U.S. position, Hans Blix
"There is a feeling the common edifice of the international community is being dismantled," the Swedish arms expert said.
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This is an extremely topical story and needs to be addressed. It pertains to the current U.S stand-offs with Iran and North Korea. Mr.Blix points to
an extremely important fact, the Bush administration does not view its obligations in pre-existing international treaties as legally binding and
concrete yet demands that states such as North Korea and Iran should.
The United States currently has a schizophrenic policy of international treaties. It will not adhere to them itself yet demands, with threat of force,
that every other nation on the globe does.
Just what exactly is the United States requirements under the NPT? It agreed that in exchange for the non-nuclear states not striving for nuclear
weapons that the United States will negotiate with the other nuclear states to dismantle and disarm its nuclear arsenal. To this date it has not
negotiated to disarm itself of nuclear weapons. Why should the non-nuclear states hold up their end of bargain if the nuclear equiped nations (U.S,
Britain, Russia, France and China) fail to disarm. The NPT has been in effect for over 35 years, they cant say that they havent had enough time to
As an addendum its interesting to see how well the United States regards the NPT, which it is forcing North Korea and Iran to adhere to.
The NPT is the most widely accepted arms control agreement. As of early 2000 a total of 187 states were Parties to the NPT. Cuba, Israel,
India, and Pakistan were the only states that were not members of the NPT.
3 of only 4 non-NPT signatories nations in the entire World are close U.S allies. Interesting...
Cake and eat it too? You be the judge.
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