Monthly Archives: May 2009

Responding to North Korea’s Nuclear Brinkmanship

North Korea has demonstrated a formidable capacity for trying the patience of the international community, but that does not mean we should also allow it to foment international crises.[i] Kim Jong Il’s second nuclear test is all the things diplomats and … Continue reading

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Nonproliferation recommendations at the NPT

Debate has begun on recommendations[i]summarized in a draft outcome document prepared by the Chair at the current NPT PrepCom in New York. There are indications of broad support, [ii] but not yet the consensus that will be required to move the … Continue reading

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Disarmament recommendations at the NPT

States at the current NPT PrepCom are now considering an ambitious program of action intended, according to the draft, to lead “to the elimination of nuclear weapons.” The recommendations put forward by the meeting’s chair certainly imply positive change to … Continue reading

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Canada elaborates its priorities at the NPT

New Canadian statements at the current NPT PrepCom prove to be more upbeat on disarmament and more complicated, and compromised, on safeguards. A post here last week[i] expressed disappointment in Canada’s opening overview statement to the current 2009 (May 4-15) … Continue reading

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Using “progress” and “the NPT” in the same sentence

That early approval of an agenda should be hailed as extraordinary progress speaks volumes about where the NPT review process has been, but this time around early success on the agenda supports realistic expectations for some more tangible achievements. But … Continue reading

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Canada’s opening statement at the NPT

Canada took the floor early in yesterday’s opening session of the 2009 PrepCom,[i] opting for what has to be regarded as a rather low-key approach. Details will come in subsequent statements on particular issues or themes, but two things stand … Continue reading

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Moderately upbeat expectations for the NPT

The final Preparatory Committee meeting (PrepCom) for the critically important 2010 Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) begins Monday (and runs through to May 15) amid a radically improved political environment. For the first time in eight years, … Continue reading

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