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Hans Blix tsk tsks the U.S. again.

We're in the second week of a month-long conference to review the 1970 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, and already the very nomination of John Bolton as our UN ambassador is earning us scolding from other camps. Some of the he-said/she-said after the jump...

Undersecretary of State John R. Bolton, by questioning the value of treaties and international law, has also damaged the U.S. position, Hans Blix said.

"There is a feeling the common edifice of the international community is being dismantled," the Swedish arms expert said.

Under the 188-nation pact, nations without nuclear weapons pledge not to pursue them, in exchange for a commitment by five nuclear-weapons states - the United States, Russia, Britain, France and China - to negotiate toward nuclear disarmament.

The review conference has been stalled, without an agenda, because of a dispute over agenda language dealing with the very dissatisfaction Blix spoke of: the complaints by some that the nuclear-weapons states are moving too slowly toward disarmament."

Who scuttled the agenda? The Egyptians, who wanted to focus more on what the nuclear states are doing to disarm. The US, on the other hand, wants to focus more on states seeking nuclear weapons, like N. Korea and Iran. Blix insists the conference is very concerned about these issues, but:

He [Blix] cited Bush administration proposals to build new nuclear weapons and talk in Washington even of testing weapons, ending a 13-year-old U.S. moratorium on nuclear tests. He also referred to statements by Bolton, President Bush's embattled nominee to be U.N. ambassador, devaluing treaties and the authority of international law.

"Why are you complaining about (North Korea) breaching the treaty if treaties are not binding?" Blix, an international lawyer, asked rhetorically.

So, as Bush skips around Eastern Europe praising freedom, his administration continues to give a big fat raspberry to the concerns of the rest of the world.

Originally posted to Irony on Tue May 10, 2005 at 04:42 AM PDT.

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  •  Remember: We Are on the Wrong Side (none)
    Nuclear proliferation is an important issue.  That is, it's important that countries that do not already have such weaponse develop and test them just as soon as they possibly can.

    Bu$hCo's extremely expansionist military outlook means that many non-nuclear sovereign nations are at risk of being exploited by Herr Bu$h.

    Nations "interesting" to Bu$hCo, such as North Korea  and Iran need a nuclear deterrent immediately, if not sooner.  Nuclear capabilities seem to be one of the few things that will deter Lord God Bu$h.

  •  Also (none)
    I found it interesting, too, that there was no mention of Brazil, given their inspection flap with the IAEA in late 2004. Maybe nothing is necessarily "closer to home" in this day and age, especially with recent testimony that N. Korea can reach us with a missile, but if Cuba were enriching uranium and claiming "trade secrets" to keep the IAEA from investigating fully (as Brazil did for a while), I can only imagine the stink we'd raise.

    "So much thinking in our society has been replaced by following. I know God didn't make us for that." --Keith Olbermann

    by Irony on Tue May 10, 2005 at 06:50:26 AM PDT

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