Stronger non-proliferation actions needed

WASHINGTON, April 13 (UPI) -- The international community must do more to prevent nuclear proliferation, according to a report from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Pierre Goldschmidt, former deputy director general and head of the safeguards department at the International Atomic Energy Agency, writes in a new paper that the current ambiguity from the international community and reluctance to take sharp actions against violations of the Non-Proliferation Treaty must end, the Carnegie endowment reported.


Goldschmidt called on the IAEA to assert its authority and for the international community to press the U.N. Security Council to take stronger actions to prevent proliferation crises.

"The international community must reject the recent tendency to accept the idea that, sooner or later, more countries will possess nuclear weapons, and that we can do nothing to stop it," Goldschmidt said in a statement.

"Those who think the non-proliferation regime is failing and those who think it is too valuable to let fail generally agree that there are practical steps that can be taken to dissuade and deter non-nuclear-weapon states from seeking nuclear weapons, if the international community -- particularly the nuclear-weapon states -- make this a higher priority, and not just in words."


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