Shahram Chubin, Proliferation Analysis
Iran's nuclear ambitions and behavior regionally have generated concerns, internationally, eliciting EU and UN Security Council reactions. The conventional wisdom in the West has been that Iranians support these policies and that there is at best only a difference of "tone" between the various factions in this area. This is mistaken. Recent events underline how much foreign policy has been used by hardliners for partisan purposes and how much scope there is for meaningful change in this area.
Mark Landler and Mark Mazzetti, The New York Times
As President Obama and his advisers watch the drama unfolding in Tehran, they are having to cope with a frustrating lack of reliable information — about the clashes between the police and protesters, about the strength of the opposition movement and, most of all, about the divisions within the ranks of Iran's powerful clerics.
Mikhail Gorbachev and Rogelio Pfirter, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
The recent joint declaration by U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to negotiate a new treaty reducing their countries' nuclear stockpiles as a first step toward "a nuclear-weapon-free world" has spurred hopes for renewed progress in global disarmament after a decade of gridlock. An excellent example of how nations can work together effectively within a multilateral framework to eliminate weapons of mass destruction is the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).
The Mainichi Daily News
G8 countries have agreed in principle to incorporate a phrase calling for efforts toward the early enactment of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) in a joint statement at a G8 summit in July in Italy, senior government officials said.
Clifford J. Levy, The New York Times
President Dmitri A. Medvedev said Saturday that Russia was prepared to carry out significant reductions in its nuclear arsenal as part of its continuing arms control negotiations with the United States, which are to culminate here in a summit meeting with President Obama next month.
Jay Solomon and Yochi J. Dreazen, The Wall Street Journal
While this article
points out that Myanmar is a member of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), Myanmar is not a member of the Proliferation Security Initiative, which could also explain why North Korean ships are headed there.
Inal Ersan, Reuters
If it were in a position to do so, Al Qaeda would use Pakistan's nuclear weapons in its fight against the United States, a top leader of the group said in remarks aired on Sunday.