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April 28, 2009

2009 Carnegie International Nonproliferation Conference

IN THIS ISSUE
  • Japan Unveils 11-Point Initiative to Push Global Disarmament
    Japan Today
  • First Round of US-Russia Arms Treaty Talks in May
    Agence France-Presse
  • U.S. Seeks to Assure Arabs on Iran
    The Wall Street Journal
  • Watchdog Warns Arms Transfers to Mideast Rising
    Associated Press
  • Pentagon Plan Won't Echo Obama No-Nukes Pledge
    Associated Press
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Japan Unveils 11-Point Initiative to Push Global Disarmament

Japan Today
FM NakasoneJapan unveiled an 11-point initiative Monday to achieve a nuclear-free world, including a call for the imposition of "effective global restrictions" on North Korea's ballistic missile development and a plan to hold an international conference in Japan early next year on global nuclear disarmament.

In a speech titled "Conditions towards ZeroŚ11 Benchmarks for Global Nuclear Disarmament," Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone urged China and other nuclear powers to reduce their stockpiles of nuclear weapons and to ensure transparency regarding their arsenals, which he described as "vital" for advancing global nuclear disarmament.

First Round of US-Russia Arms Treaty Talks in May

Agence France-Presse
Russian and US officials will meet in Moscow next month for the first round of negotiations to replace a Cold War-era nuclear arms control treaty, the Russian foreign ministry said Monday.

U.S. Seeks to Assure Arabs on Iran

Jay Solomon, The Wall Street Journal
The Obama administration is dispatching its point man on Iran, Dennis Ross, to the Middle East this week in an effort to win greater Arab support for Washington's engagement strategy toward Tehran, U.S. officials said.

Watchdog Warns Arms Transfers to Mideast Rising

Malin Rising, Associated Press
The volume of weapons exported to the Middle East has risen sharply in the last four years, threatening to destabilize the volatile region further, a leading Swedish think tank warned Monday.

Pentagon Plan Won't Echo Obama No-Nukes Pledge

Anne Gearan, Associated Press
The Pentagon is starting work on a nuclear mission statement that envisions the U.S. maintaining its atomic weapons stockpile for the next five to 10 years, a far more cautious stance than President Barack Obama's dream of a nuclear-free future.

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