ISIS Iran Report

U.S. calls for universal adherence to NPT

U.S. calls for universal adherence to NPT photo

May 6, 2009

Assistant Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller told delegates attending the Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) preparatory committee at the United Nations yesterday that “Universal adherence to the NPT itself, including by India, Israel, Pakistan and North Korea ... remains a fundamental objective of the United States.”  She referred to Iran only indirectly, calling for “consequences for those breaking the rules or withdrawing from the treaty.”


Today the Washington Times is reporting that the issue of Israel’s nuclear program, and a 40 year old tacit U.S. policy to “shield it from international scrutiny” (meaning that the U.S. would like but not insist that Israel join the NPT and submit its nuclear facilities to IAEA safeguards) will be the subject of a meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he meets with President Obama on May 18. 


ISIS’s view is that the long-term security interests of the region, including the goal of a Middle East WMD Free Zone, are best served by universal adherence to the NPT.  Iran’s nuclear program, and progress toward persuading Iran to relinquish its enrichment program, should not be linked explicitly to Israel’s nuclear status.  At the same time, Iran’s nuclear program does not exist in a vacuum, and any steps that Israel takes toward, for example, supporting a Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty and a process leading toward a regional WMD free zone, would go far to persuade others that pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability is unnecessary and fundamentally misguided.


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