qr332
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The NPT: India & Pakistan?

Wed Dec 07, 2005 2:00 am

I have a Model United Nations (MUN) confernence this week, and I was wondering about the reasons for why India & Pakistan haven't signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, as the NPT is an issue in the conference; several countries with nuclear weapons (France, UK, USA, etc) have signed the treaty despite having nuclear weapons, so why can't India and Pakistan sign it as well? Especially since India has the first-strike ban policy in place.

Any help will be appreciated.
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RE: The NPT: India & Pakistan?

Wed Dec 07, 2005 2:03 am

SImply India and Pakistan don't trust each other. India has a civilian government and Pakistan has a general has the head of its country. That's the short of it in under 100 words.
 
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RE: The NPT: India & Pakistan?

Wed Dec 07, 2005 2:03 am

Quoting QR332 (Thread starter):
Especially since India has the first-strike ban policy in place

When you have a Military Dictator in a neighbouring country that does not rule out First strike.What should India do  Smile
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RE: The NPT: India & Pakistan?

Wed Dec 07, 2005 2:18 am

But I am talking in relation to the NPT - what downsides are there to signing it?
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RE: The NPT: India & Pakistan?

Wed Dec 07, 2005 2:25 am

The downside would be they wouldn't be able to expand their nuclear program.
 
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RE: The NPT: India & Pakistan?

Wed Dec 07, 2005 2:28 am

India and Pakistan CANT sign the NPT and retain nuclear weapons. THe treaty only legally allows for 5 nations to retain nuclear weapons, those that tested them before 1967: US, Soviet Union (and spin offs), UK, France and China. All other nations agree to give up nuclear weapons on signing the NPT.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_Non-Proliferation_Treaty
 
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RE: The NPT: India & Pakistan?

Wed Dec 07, 2005 9:13 am

those having slightest of doubt where the whole scenario is heading, read this

India invited to join international N-project
New Delhi, December 6: In a landmark development, the US and other partners in International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project have decided to invite India as a full partner in the ambitious multi-billion energy venture.
"The US and its ITER partners -- the European Union, Russia, Japan, South Korea and China -- agreed at the ITER negotiations meeting in Jeju, South Korea, to invite India as a full partner," a US Embassy release said here today.

It said the US strongly supported India's application to join the project, ensuring the final agreement.


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RE: The NPT: India & Pakistan?

Wed Dec 07, 2005 5:34 pm

The NPT has nothing to do with ITER as its a fusion reactor, not a fission reactor and as such cannot be used for weapons research or production.

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