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Monday, May 02, 2005
  Yelling into the wind
The crying shame is that this perfectly sensible for any sane country to insist on. However with nearly half this country sipping the Kool-Aid of irrational Bush hatred, this too will be opposed. Just because Bush said it.
Deprive Iran, N.Korea of nuclear energy, U.S. says - Yahoo! News: "'States asserting their right to receive the benefits of peaceful nuclear development must be in compliance with their nonproliferation obligations under Articles I and II of the NPT,' he said.

'No state in violation of Articles I or II should receive the benefits of Article IV. All nuclear assistance to such a state, bilaterally or through the IAEA (the U.N. nuclear watchdog), should cease. Again, we hope the deliberations at this Review Conference will endorse this proposition,' he added.

Thirty-five years ago, the NPT established a 'bargain' by which, over time, 183 states renounced nuclear weapons.

In return, five declared nuclear states -- the United States, Russia, China, France and Britain -- promised eventually to eliminate their own weapons and to allow nonnuclear states access to peaceful nuclear energy.

The United States and other countries have accused Iran of a clandestine 18-year effort to build nuclear weapons under the guise of its NPT membership. Tehran says the programs are aimed at producing domestic electric power.

North Korea also pursued atomic arms programs while an NPT member but has since withdrawn from the treaty and announced it has nuclear weapons."
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