'MUSHROOM CLOUDS IN SOUTH ASIA' MUST SHARPEN WORLD'S FOCUS ON NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION DANGERS, UNITED STATES TELLS FIRST COMMITTEE
India Cites Failures of Nuclear Disarmament, Non-Proliferation Regime; Nine Others Address Committee in Continuing Disarmament General Debate
The Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency of the United States, John Holum, told the First Committee (Disarmament and International
Security) this morning that it was up to the disarmament community to "find a silver lining in those figurative mushroom clouds in South Asia and
other ominous developments" by sharpening the world's focus on the dangers of nuclear proliferation.
Mr. Holum, speaking during the Committee's continuing general debate, said that it was "nonsense" to claim that inadequate nuclear disarmament
progress had justified India and Pakistan's actions. For its part, the United States and the Russian Federation had deactivated or eliminated more
than 18,000 strategic and tactical nuclear warheads. Further, to those who believed the nuclear tests had demonstrated the worthlessness of the
Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) and the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), the problem was not the Treaties -- it
was that, unlike most of the rest of the world, India and Pakistan had not joined them.