The Preparatory Committee for the 2005 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) meets in New York 26 April to 7 May. The UN maintains an official site on the PrepCom; an index contains links to working papers submitted by delegations. ACRONYM offers a sophisticated commentary on the PrepCom meeting. Among working papers:
• United Kingdom. NPT/CONF.2005/PC.III/WP.3. Verification of nuclear disarmament: Second interim report on studies into the verification of nuclear warheads and their components. 2004.04.08. [Via this index page.]
• China. NPT/CONF.2005/PC.III/WP.4. Working paper on the issue of nuclear disarmament and reduction of the danger of nuclear war. 2004.04.22. [Via this index page.] .
The Center for Nonproliferation Studies has issued a study of nuclear terrorism, stressing the importance of control of fissile material. It is in a paperback edition [see amazon.com] and in a complete pdf version free from the CNS website.
• Ferguson, Charles D. and William C. Potter. Four Faces of Nuclear Terrorism (Monterey, California: CNS/MIIS, 2004). http://cns.miis.edu/pubs/week/040618.htm. 2004.06.18. .
At the 2004 Carnegie International Nonproliferation Conference, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace issued the [draft] report Universal Compliance: A Strategy for National Security. Details of the conference are also on line.
• George Perkovich, Joseph Cirincione, Rose Gottemoeller, Jon B. Wolfsthal, and Jessica T. Mathews, Universal Compliance: A Strategy for National Security, 2004.06.21. .
An IAEA report on Iran issued to member states on 1 September 2004 said that Pakistan provided uranium enrichment centrifuge designs as early as 1995, and that as of mid-August 2004 Iran had made 70 centrifuges. The report also said Iran planned to convert 37 tons of yellowcake into uranium hexafluoride.
• David E. Sanger and William J. Broad, International Herald Tribune, 2004.09.03. .
The US Iraq Study Group, led by Charles Duelfer, issued a lengthy report on its efforts to locate weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. This report follows the 2003.10.02 Interim Progress Report of Activities of the Iraq Survey Group, submitted by David Kay. A short summary of the Duelfer Report is that no nuclear weapons or nuclear weapons work, and no significant chemical or biological weapons work, was found.
• US Central Intelligence Agency. Comprehensive Report of the Special Advisor to the DCI on Iraqís WMD. Charles Duelfer, Special Advisor to the Director of Central Intelligence. 2004.10.30. .
The New York Times published a special report on Iraq and the aluminum tubes. It details the dispute among US intelligence and nuclear facility specialists about whether Iraqs purchase of aluminum tubes were for uranium enrichment centrifuges, or for artillery rockets. Citing Condoleeza Rices statement on CNN (8 September 2002) that the tubes were only really suited for nuclear weapons programs, the Times observes that But only a year before, Ms. Rices staff had been told that the governments foremost nuclear experts seriously doubted that the tubes were for nuclear weapons.s
• David Barstow, William J. Broad, and Jeff Gerth, How the White House Used Disputed Arms Intelligence, The New York Times, 2004.10.03.
Jimmy Carter published an op-ed piece in the Washington Post of 28 March 2005, widely disseminated. He wrote that The United States is the major culprit in the erosion of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Washington Post, 2005.03.28. http://www.cartercenter.org/doc2045.htm.
The Committee on International Security and Arms Control of the US National Academy of Sciences issues a major study on monitoring nuclear weapons and fissile material.
National Academy of Sciences. Committee on International Security and Arms Control.
Monitoring Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear-Explosive Materials. (Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 18 April 2005). [pdf]
UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith gave PM Tony Blair advice papers on the Iraq War on 7 March 2003 and 17 March 2003. The 7 March 2003 advice was released today. Comparison of the two documents will fuel charges that Goldsmiths advice changed, and that Blair misled the House of Commons.
United Kingdom. Office of the Prime Minister. Lord Goldsmiths advice of 7 March 2003, titled Resolution 1441.
Goldsmith 7 March Advice. [pdf] [Scanned copy of original 'SECRET' document.]
Guardian [London], 2005.04.28. The text of the 7 March 2003 document, in two parts:
Goldsmith 7 March Advice [Part 1]
Goldsmith 7 March Advice [Part 2].
Guardian, 2003.03.17. Lord Goldsmiths advice of 17 March 2003:
Goldsmith 17 March Advice.
United Kingdom. Hansard. House of Commons Debate on Iraq, 2003.03.18.
UK House of Commons Debate 18 March.
Colin Brown, Independent [London], Blair accused of ‘gross deception’ as Goldsmith’s advice is published. 2005.04.28.
Text of article.
A chronology of the Countdown to War, 8 November 2002 to 20 March 2003; and hot links to key documents: Guardian, 2005.04.28.
Countdown to War.
Simon Jeffery and Tom Happold, Full Iraq Legal Advice Released:Guardian, 2005.04.28.
Text of Article.
The Sunday Times published minutes of a 23 July 2002 meeting of PM Tony Blair and senior British government officials, at which Iraq and the war question formed the agenda. References to regime change as an aim invite the reading that it was that objective, rather than concern about WMD, which motivated Blairs readiness for war.
Minute of 23 July 2002 Meeting. 1 May 2005.
Richard Norton-Taylor and Patrick Wintour, The Guardian [London],Papers reveal commitment to war. 2 May 2005.
Nigel Morris, The Independent [London],Iraq war will haunt Blairs legacy like Suez. 2 May 2005.
Alan Cowell, The New York Times For Blair, Iraq Issue Just Wont Go Away. 2 May 2005.
The 2005 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference [2-27 May 2005] opened at the United Nations in New York.
United Nations. 2005 NPT Review Conference, 2-27 May 2005, United Nations, NY. Links to statements made in the general debate are at this page. Selected remarks follow:
Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Address, 2 May 2005.
IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei. Address, 2 May 2005.
Ms. Marian Hobbs, Minister for Disarmament & Arms Control, New Zealand. Statement on behalf of the New Agenda Coalition, 2 May 2005.
Stephen G. Rademaker, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Arms Control, Department of State, United States. Remarks, 2 May 2005.
Dermot Ahern, Miinister of Foreign Affairs. Iteland. Remarks, 2 May 2005.
The 2005 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference [selected general debate statements continued].
Kamal Kharrazi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Iran. Remarks, 3 May 2005.
Zhang Yan, Director General for the Arms Control Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China. Remarks [url pending], 3 May 2005.
A senior Chinese diplomat on Thursday accused the Bush administration of undermining efforts to revive negotiations with the North Korean government and said there was no solid evidence that North Korea was preparing to test a nuclear weapon.
Joseph Kahn, The New York Times, China Says US Impeded North Korea Arms Talks.. 13 May 2005.
The film LastBestChance, produced by the Nuclear Threat Initiative, dramatizes a fictional scenario of the theft of nuclear weapons and the means to fabricate them. [The DVD was and may still be available from the NTI website: www.nti.org].
A fourth session of six-nation talks on North Korea began today in Beijing, thirteen months after the last session. Participants are North Korea, South Korea, Japan, Russia, China, and the United States. [The talks continued for 13 days, and then recessed, with the declared intention to resume in three weeks.] According to news reports, one prime sticking-point was North Koreas insistence that it not be barred from operating a light-water reactor, and a US demand that no nuclear power program be permitted.
The Irish Times concluded its lead editorial as follows:
All of this should reinforce the political determination to prevent nuclear proliferation and re-emphasise that, without nuclear disarmament, this is a formula incapable of delivering strategic stability. In recent years India and Pakistan have crossed the nuclear threshold, while Libya is the only state to have gone the other way. The objective should be to get rid of nuclear weapons, however utopian this may seem. That means holding existing nuclear states to such a commitment and maintaining international pressure for linking non-proliferation to nuclear disarmament—despite last Mays setback on the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Ireland has a role to play in this endeavour, given our record on initiating and sustaining the threat.
Editorial: Getting rid of nuclear weapons. The Irish Times, 8 August 2005..
The resumed fourth session of six-nation talks on North Korea (13-19 September) concluded today in Beijing. A joint statement said, in part, The DPRK committed to abandoning all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs and returning, at an early date, to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and to IAEA safeguards. Analysts observed that many details remain to be negotiated.
Joint Statement of the Fourth Round of the Six-Party Talks. Beijing,19 September 2005..
The 2005 Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its Director-General, Mohamed ElBaradei. The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced the award as follows:
THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE FOR 2005
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2005 is to be shared, in two equal parts, between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei, for their efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way.
At a time when the threat of nuclear arms is again increasing, the Norwegian Nobel Committee wishes to underline that this threat must be met through the broadest possible international cooperation. This principle finds its clearest expression today in the work of the IAEA and its Director General. In the nuclear non-proliferation regime, it is the IAEA which controls that nuclear energy is not misused for military purposes, and the Director General has stood out as an unafraid advocate of new measures to strengthen that regime. At a time when disarmament efforts appear deadlocked, when there is a danger that nuclear arms will spread both to states and to terrorist groups, and when nuclear power again appears to be playing an increasingly significant role, IAEA's work is of incalculable importance.
In his will, Alfred Nobel wrote that the Peace Prize should, among other criteria, be awarded to whoever had done most for the "abolition or reduction of standing armies". In its application of this criterion in recent decades, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has concentrated on the struggle to diminish the significance of nuclear arms in international politics, with a view to their abolition. That the world has achieved little in this respect makes active opposition to nuclear arms all the more important today.
Oslo, 7 October 2005
Announcement: Nobel Peace Prize for 2005. 7 October 2005..
IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2005, delivered his Nobel Lecture. He said, in part, that we must ensure—absolutely—that no more countries acquire these deadly weapons. We must see to it that nuclear-weapon States take concrete steps towards nuclear disarmament. And we must put in place a security system that does not rely on nuclear deterrence. Are these goals realistic and within reach? I do believe they are.
• Mohamed ElBaradeis
Nobel Lecture. Oslo, Norway. 2005.12.10..