Thursday, August 31, 2006

WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION

Responding to a UN Security Council's 8/31 deadline to accept a short-term suspension of its nuclear program, an Iranian government spokesman has said "Nothing has changed. We will continue our research activities, but we want understanding and dialog." Iran's answer is expected to divide the response of member countries. Russia is building nuclear facilities in Iran and China must protect its energy interests there. Their veto powers would likely stall or prevent sanctions.

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A guide to countries possessing weapons of mass destruction here
Status (1999) of nuclear powers and their nuclear capabilities here
States possessing, pursuing or capable of acquiring weapons of mass destruction (2000) here

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The Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) strives to combat the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by training the next generation of nonproliferation specialists and disseminating timely information and analysis. CNS at the Monterey Institute of International Studies is the largest nongovernmental organization in the United States devoted exclusively to research and training on nonproliferation issues. CNS Nonproliferation Databases here

The Monterey Nonproliferation Strategy Group is an international body of distinguished nonproliferation analysts and veteran policy practitioners working to craft responses to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) threats around the world. Its members aim to develop innovative and practical policy recommendations to thwart the proliferation of WMD and to sustain nonproliferation norms and regimes. Members of this group here


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