U.N. extends non-proliferation mandate

April 28, 2008 at 8:56 PM

UNITED NATIONS, April 28 (UPI) -- A mandate to end nuclear, chemical and biological weapons proliferation has been extended by the U.N. Security Council at U.N. headquarters in New York.

The Security Council says it has extended a 2004 Security Council resolution for three years that mandates imposing binding legal obligations on countries to establish controls deterring the spread of weapons of mass destruction including weapons delivery systems, the United Nations reported.

The extended mandate also dictates that countries work to prevent non-state actors from engaging in weapons development or proliferation through the establishment of laws that prevent the activities. The Security Council said non-state actors like terrorist organizations must be explicitly prevented from pursuing weapons proliferation.

According to the Security Council, the mandate also requires countries to follow existing international treaties and full compliance with the resolution including the "physical protection of weapons, border security and law enforcement efforts, as well as controls over exports and trans-shipments," the release said.

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