In STARK contrast to his earlier statements regarding Nuclear Proliferation...
Joint Statement by President George W. Bush and President V. V. Putin
The United States and the Russian Federation are working together to meet the challenges posed by the combination of proliferation of weapons of
mass destruction and international terrorism. We recognize the devastation that could befall our peoples and the world community if nuclear weapons or
materials or other weapons of mass destruction were to fall into the hands of terrorists. We are closely cooperating to lessen that unacceptable
danger, including by strengthening the nonproliferation regime and ensuring the security of nuclear weapons and fissile materials.
Being consistent in our approach to assure access to the benefits of nuclear energy for all nations complying with their non-proliferation
obligations, we have each proposed initiatives on the development of a global nuclear energy infrastructure, specifically the Russian proposal to
establish a system of international centers to provide nuclear fuel services, including uranium enrichment, under International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA) safeguards, and the U.S. proposal for the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership to develop innovative nuclear reactor and fuel cycle
Following up on these initiatives, the United States and the Russian Federation intend to work together, actively involving the IAEA, to allow all
nations to enjoy the benefits of nuclear energy without pursuing uranium enrichment and spent fuel reprocessing capabilities.
We are especially concerned by the failure of the Iranian government to engage seriously on the proposals made by the P-5 countries and Germany. In
this context, we stand fully behind the decision by Foreign Ministers on July 12. We are seriously concerned by North Korea's ballistic missile tests
and urge it to return to a moratorium on such launches, to the Six-Party Talks, and to full implementation of the September 19, 2005 agreement. The
United States and the Russian Federation are actively working for unity among the UN Security Council members on these sensitive issues. We will
continue consultations with our G-8 partners to strengthen the global non-proliferation regime.
Source : www.whitehouse.gov...
Also troubling is the specific mentioning of Iran and North Korea in this meeting of the Heads of State.
Much emphasis has been placed on the IAEA's ability to monitor and control the technologies used in the production of Nuclear Energy and ensuring
that those same technologies are not advanced sufficiently enough to provide the host countries with Nuclear Weapons.
The closing statement
Through our cooperation in the field of nuclear nonproliferation we seek to improve the security of our own peoples and of all others in the world
community. In doing so, we are building on the unique historic roles and responsibilities of the United States and the Russian Federation in nuclear
science and technology, both military and civilian. We are united in our determination to help make the benefits of nuclear energy securely available
to all for peaceful purposes.
Also troubling is their assurance that they have the ability to provide countries with Nuclear Power technology and still ensure Nuclear
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