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  •  You are incorrect (0+ / 0-)

    Enrichment is not "research, production or use of nuclear energy." It falls in a separate category of production of fissionable material, which is a gray area under NPT. Because it is a gray area, Mohammed El Baradei called for a ban on ALL new enrichment facilities in all countries. He withdrew that demand only under US pressure.

    "Many" non-signatory and non-weapons states do not do their own enrichment. In fact the only recent examples are Japan, South Korea, Brazil, and Argentina, possibly Australia. Others that were on the list abandoned their programs -- South Africa, Libya, Iraq, North Korea, all because of weapons concerns.

    It is highly controversial and by no means is there any recognized right to enrich uranium.

    •  And you would be wrong; that's exactly what (3+ / 0-)

      enrichment is.  Read article 3 - essentially it says that if a state receives or develops technology to process or produce fuel for civilian purposes, it has to allow inspections.  That's the bargain non-weapon states make in order to agree not to develop a weapon: they gain access to the technology and legal cover to have a civilian program.  Further, the US is obligated by the terms of the treaty to help states like Iran in the development of their civilian program (as we did under the Shah).

      Article 4 (and its references to articles 2 & 3) was inserted in order to get the West German government to consent to the treaty.  I'd suggest doing your own research on Willy Brandt's role in getting Germany to agree to sign the NPT (since they already had enrichment facilities).  Further, what's not otherwise prohibited under the treaty is permitted, thus weapons-grade enrichment is explicitly prohibited, low-grade is not.

      That enrichment is, as you say, "controversial" amongst those who have weapons or amongst anti-proliferation groups has no bearing on international law.  The simple fact is that if the US continues to push on this issue, Iran will  withdraw from the treaty - as well they should.

      Dubya's legacy: 25 million really pissed Iraqis...50 million shoes

      by skrekk on Mon Feb 09, 2009 at 05:02:13 PM PST

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