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Featured Content, Report of G8 Media Briefing on Nonproliferation

Wednesday, June 9, 2004
By Montana Burnett

In a press conference given to reporters today, senior Bush representative John Bolton outlined the goals and expectations of the nonproliferation agenda, to be addressed by G8 leaders on Wednesday June 9th. Officials are excited to announce that Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Denmark, Ireland, and the Czech Republic will join the Nonproliferation Treaty Regime.

Included in this heavily Bush-backed treaty is the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections, which are intended to safeguard visibility in the nuclear programs of countries by tightening verification and safeguard measures. More specifically, G8 leaders are expected to endorse a 1-year freeze and a further year target projection after that, in Bolton's words "set the clocks back on the proliferation of nuclear weapons."

The G8 leaders will focus on ' turning the clocks back' on North Korean, Iranian and Libyan nuclear proliferation of weapons. So far, the success story touted by the US is Libya and General Qadaffi's compliance with US and International weapons regulations.

Questions from the press included the level of expressed commitment expected from countries such as Russia, to which Bolton replied that Russia was expected to show a political as well as an economic commitment to the program. When asked about whether the quest to disarm Iraq will spread throughout the Middle East to countries such as Syria, Iran, and Saudi Arabia, Bolton evaded the question by stressing the importance of democratizing the region.


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