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NPT Review Conference Fails To Strengthen Treaty (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on May, 28 2005 @ 05:57 AM
Two loopholes in the Non-Proliferation Treaty have not been closed at the twice per decade NPT Review Conference. Competing interests and arguments from Iran, the US and Russia are being blamed for the failure to reach an agreement. The Iranians are being blamed for undermining the NPT with its nuclear fuel cycle program. The Americans and Russians are blamed for not reducing their strategic nuclear arsenals.
Two loopholes have not been closed. The first is that a member state can, under inspection, legally develop fuel enrichment technology to produce nuclear power.

But that know-how can then be used to make a nuclear bomb and all the country concerned then has to do is to leave the treaty.

The second loophole is that leaving the treaty is virtually cost-free.

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Is the NPT going to survive? After all it has done nothing to stop North Korea from obtaining nuclear weapons. They just walked away from the treaty.

Whats the point of non-nuclear signatories remaining in the NPT when the nuclear states refuse to honour their agreements to reduce their nuclear arsenals?

The NPT is a joke and no one follows it. If the Iranians want nuclear weapons they can develop fuel enrichment, allowed under the NPT, withdraw from the NPT and develop nukes. If the United States doesnt want them to do this they should seriously think about reducing their strategic arsenals, as demanded by the NPT.

The NPT is not an agreement you can be half in and half out of. If you are not fully commited to this treaty then it fails, as can be clearly seen.

posted on May, 28 2005 @ 06:08 AM
This treaty is useless now. With countries like N.Korea and Iran pretty much snubbing the treaty, every country that can manufacture nuclear "power" will do so.

posted on May, 28 2005 @ 06:13 AM
Thats true but you have to remember Britain, the United States, Russia, France and China have all broken the NPT. They have not made efforts to eliminate their nuclear arsenals.

There are 2 sides to blame here, not just the North Koreans.

The argument is: why should they not develop nuclear weapons if we are going to keep ours? How do they benefit from being severly hand-tied while we enjoy the power and clout our nuclear weapons provide us?

posted on May, 28 2005 @ 07:49 AM
The supposed incentive for non-nuclear nations to sign the NPT was that the nuclear nations would reduce their stockpiles and that hasn't happened. Why should any nation stick to the treaty without any incentive? Trade your country's right to defend itself for... what?

posted on May, 28 2005 @ 07:53 AM

There is no incentive for the likes of Iran or North Korea. Thats why countries such as the United States are the ones that should make it worth their while not to go nuclear as there is nothing legally from stopping them. If you want them to conform to your will then you should have a damn big carrot.

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