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Officials Say Nuclear Nonprofileration Treaty In Crisis

Ban Ki-moon (file photo) (official site) April 30, 2007 -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), which limits the spread of nuclear weapons, is suffering a crisis of confidence.

In a message read by an aide at a meeting in Vienna of the 188 countries that have signed the agreement, Ban said evidence of the crisis was widespread, highlighting slow disarmament and noncompliance with treaty safeguards.

Addressing the same meeting, Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik also noted the current crisis.

The comments come amid continuing tensions between the international community and Iran and North Korea, over the two countries' nuclear programs.

The treaty was signed in 1970 at the height of the Cold War.


The Proliferation Threat

The Proliferation Threat

The Arak heavy-water plant in central Iran (Fars)

BENDING THE RULES. Henry Sokolski, executive director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, told an RFE/RL-Radio Free Asia briefing on January 9 that the West is hamstrung in dealing with Iran and North Korea because of the way it has interpreted the international nonproliferation regime to benefit friendly countries like India and Japan.


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