[Sent to the Cambodia Daily in September 2004.]
The charges by the United States that Iran has violated the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty by secretly pursuing a nuclear weapons program, and the recent news about a possible South Korean nuclear weapons program, raises the question of whether other rogue states are violating the treaty.
I am not referring to Israel, which cannot be accused of violating the treaty because it has always refused to sign it.
I am thinking rather of the treaty’s Article 6, which reads:
“Each of the Parties to the Treaty undertakes to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament, and on a Treaty on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control.”
This was clearly a commitment by the nuclear powers to negotiate their mutual nuclear disarmament.
It is now 34 years since the treaty went into effect, and the world still awaits the promised negotiations in good faith. Isn’t it about time for the UN Security Council to vote sanctions against the rogue states that have thumbed their noses at Article 6: the US, Britain, France, Russia, and China?