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Iraq and the broader disarmament context: central to the international community's commitment to force Iraq to forego all weapons of mass destruction should be a firm resolve to pursue comprehensive disarmament measures.

With the promise of an early return of weapons inspectors to Iraq, Washington has reminded the world that it's "not a matter of inspections. It is about disarmament of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction Weapons that are capable of a high order of destruction and/or of being used in such a manner as to destroy large numbers of people. Weapons of mass destruction can be high explosives or nuclear, biological, chemical, and radiological weapons, but exclude the means of transporting or  and the Iraqi regime's compliance with all other Security Council resolutions." Now Washington needs to be reminded that Iraq is not the only state under a legal order to divest To deprive or take away.

Divest is usually used in reference to the relinquishment of authority, power, property, or title. If, for example, an individual is disinherited, he or she is divested of the right to inherit money.
 itself of all weapons of mass destruction.

While Security Council Resolution 687 of 1991 prohibits Iraq from possessing or acquiring ballistic missiles over the range of 150 kilometres as well as any chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons or related materials or facilities, the context of that prohibition is significant. Resolution 687 also refers to the importance of "all states" to adhere to adhere to
verb 1. follow, keep, maintain, respect, observe, be true, fulfil, obey, heed, keep to, abide by, be loyal, mind, be constant, be faithful

 chemical and biological weapons bans. In addition, the resolution reminds states to "use all available means" to establish a "nuclear-weapon-free zone A Nuclear-Weapons-Free Zone, or NWFZ is defined [1] by the United Nations as an agreement, generally by internationally recognized treaty, to ban the use, development, or deployment of nuclear weapons in a given area.  in the region of the Middle East," to establish the Middle East as a zone free of all weapons of mass destruction, and of "achieving balanced and comprehensive control of armaments in the region."

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, the Security Council recognized that to effectively address Iraq's violations of international standards related to weapons of mass destruction, the prohibition of weapons of mass destruction would have to be region-wide and accompanied by broad-based agreements on conventional arms reductions and controls throughout the region.

There is no hint or intention to make Iraq's compliance with its Security Council and Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT NPT National Pipe Taper (pipe thread specification)
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) obligations conditional on regional disarmament, but there is in Resolution 687 a clear understanding that a comprehensive approach to the problem of Iraq requires that other violations of international standards in the region also receive urgent attention.

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 becomes and stays engaged in the constructive resolution of the Iraq crisis will be closely related to the extent to which the international community is prepared to address all the states in the region that violate global norms against the acquisition of nuclear weapons and that are in violation of Security Council resolutions.

Israel's nuclear arsenal cannot credibly be ignored. The presence of nuclear weapons in Israel in no way justifies Iraq's pursuit of nuclear weapons, but it does mean that Israel's nuclear arsenal must become the object of accelerated disarmament diplomacy and pressure. Israelis not a signatory sig·na·to·ry  
Bound by signed agreement: the signatory parties to a contract.

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One that has signed a treaty or other document.
 of the NPT and so is not in violation of the Treaty, as Iraq is, but Israel is unambiguously in violation of the global norm which the Treaty establishes--notably that no states beyond the original five nuclear powers are to acquire nuclear weapons, and that the original nuclear five are under legal obligation, confirmed by the World Court, to divest themselves of their arsenals.

It is worth noting that US compliance with the NPT is also under some dispute, on two counts. In the first instance, Article VI of the Treaty obliges all nuclear weapon states to proceed to complete nuclear disarmament nuclear disarmament: see disarmament, nuclear. . No timetable is given, but after 35 years, the Years, The

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 majority of States at the 2000 NPT Review Conference were of the clear view that the nuclear disarmament process was lagging Lagging

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 behind even the most minimal expectations.

In the second instance, last January leaked excerpts of the US Nuclear Posture Review The Nuclear Posture Review of 2002 was the second review of US Nuclear Forces undertaken by the United States Department of Defense. The first took place in 1994. The final report is National Security Classified and submitted to the Congress of the United States.  revealed that the Pentagon identified Iraq, among others, as representing what it calls an "immediate contingency" for which "requirements for nuclear strike capabilities" must be established. What that means is that the Nuclear Posture Review was supporting the development of contingency plans A plan involving suitable backups, immediate actions and longer term measures for responding to computer emergencies such as attacks or accidental disasters. Contingency plans are part of business resumption planning.  and capabilities for the use of nuclear weapons against Iraq.

This threat is contrary to the intentions of the 1995 Security Council affirmation (Resolution 984) of assurances that nuclear weapons will not be used against non-nuclear signatories of the NPT. It is also in violation of calls in subsequent NPT review conferences that nuclear weapon states offer unambiguous negative security assurances to non-nuclear states.

Again, the point is not that the dangerous US nuclear posture articulated by the Pentagon justifies Iraq's possession or pursuit of weapons of mass destruction; rather, the point is that the call on Iraq to fulfill its obligations would be more sustainable if those states making the demands were themselves in strict compliance with basic international obligations and not seen to be applying a rather glaring double standard.

Central to the international community's commitment to force Iraq to forego all weapons of mass destruction should be a firm resolve to pursue comprehensive disarmament measures. Such a policy, including, as Resolution 687 prescribes, the establishment of the Middle East as a region free of all weapons of mass destruction, would contribute to reduced tension, greater stability, enhanced development, and the peaceful resolution of political disputes in the region.
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Author:Regehr, Ernie
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Date:Jun 22, 2002
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