Leading the U.S. Delegation at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference

Posted by Susan Burk
May 10, 2010
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Ambassador Susan Burk is the Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation and is serving as the head of the negotiating team for the U.S. delegation to the 2010 NPT Review Conference.

We have finished our first week here in New York at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, and what a week it has been. Secretary Clinton led the delegation on Monday, meeting with delegations and giving our opening statement, where she made clear that the United States is entering the Review Conference prepared to address challenges to the Treaty and to strengthen it in all of its three pillars: nonproliferation, disarmament, and peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The Secretary's announcements of U.S. initiatives on nuclear stockpile transparency,
nuclear weapon free zones and peaceful uses of nuclear energy were particularly well received.

While we are in the very early stages of this Review Conference, we see signs that cooperation and progress are possible.

For example, on Wednesday, the P-5 (U.S., Russia, China, France, UK), released a joint statement highlighting our shared commitment to the NPT and some of our goals for the RevCon. In particular, we reiterated our continued support for our NPT disarmament commitments and outlined the steps we have taken to fulfill those commitments.

Additionally, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Ellen Tauscher, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs Michael Nacht, and National Nuclear Security Administration Administrator Thomas D'Agostino hosted a well-attended event for other delegations and the public to describe U.S. efforts on disarmament. This was an opportunity for us to demonstrate our transparency and our commitment to our disarmament obligations under the NPT.

Yesterday, the opening statements portion of the conference concluded and we are now focusing on starting the substantive discussions in the three Main Committees of the Review Conference and their subsidiary bodies. One early good sign: participants are voting and agreeing on procedural issues without the controversy and delay that has affected past reviews, meaning we can get right to work on the important issues facing the nonproliferation regime.

This is a broad and complex negotiation, but the United States has a strong and capable team working very hard to strengthen the NPT, and we are looking forward to continuing this hard work to maintain the momentum over the rest of the month.

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Pamela G.
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West Virginia, USA
May 11, 2010

Pamela G. in West Virginia writes:

It is great to see the nations cooperating in the beginning. Hopefully something concrete will be accomplished. Unfortunately Iraq and Korea are not involved.

Donald M.
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Virginia, USA
May 11, 2010

Donald M. in Virginia writes:

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What to do if a Nuclear blast happens!

BLAST, HEAT, RADIATION LEVELS From a Nuclear Device

THE BIG MUSHROOM CLOUD EQUALS 20 MILLION TONS OF TNT

What the public needs to know on how to survive a Nuclear Disaster or if our Nation comes under attack by our enemies.

People should not Panic, but to have a plan for there family. Evacuating from the area would be smart. Remember, that radiation deals with heat and Alfa, Beta and Gama particals. Ensure the skin is covered and NOT exposed. Obtaining a gas mask which has charcoal filters. Getting to a Military Base, Hospital, Cave, or fallout shelter as quick as possible. Having a survivers kit, which includes food, water, and necessary supplies to survive. The phrase "Duck and cover comes to mind" or what we call in fire rescue is "Drop and roll" the bottom line is getting you and your family to safe location. Checking wind directions, and monitoring the airways for important communication messages from the FCC emergency broadcast.

If your in the blast zone, well we all know your chances will be zero. However, the greater chance you will have is getting distance away from the explosion.

Contamination from radiation - clothes and food could be contaminated by the Gama particles. Throw away all contaminated foods, and destroy clothes that have been exposed to radiation.

Setup Decontamination station in your bathroom at home if that is where you at when or if something like this happens.

Dosimeters are commonly used to detect radiation on the human body. People who work at hospitals or Nuclear Power plants wear these devices to determine if they get exposed to radiation levels.

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First establish a plan, evacuate the area, ensure your dressed properly by covering "head to toe" obtaining and using a gas mask to breath, getting to the nearest fallout shelter, cave, bunker, hospital, above all check for wind directions, don't drive into the radiation. Have supplies on hand, and keep informed with the radio broadcasts.

This article is to help people survive and be smart if a Nuclear Device goes off.

Godspeed

DrG
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West Virginia, USA
May 11, 2010

Dr. G. in West Virginia writes:

great photos

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
May 14, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

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Chad Accepts Stricter Nuclear Monitoring Terms
Friday, May 14, 2010

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Chad has ratified the Additional Protocol to its nuclear inspections agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency, making it the 100th nation to have done so, the U.N. nuclear watchdog announced today (see GSN, Feb. 25, 2004).

The protocol grants IAEA inspectors more extensive access to a nation's nuclear program information and facilities.

“I welcome this latest entry into force and call on all states that have not yet done so to bring into force Additional Protocols without delay,” IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said in a statement. "The Additional Protocol is of vital importance for the agency to be able to provide credible assurance not only that declared nuclear material is not being diverted from peaceful uses, but also that there are no undeclared nuclear material and activities in a state," he said (International Atomic Energy Agency release, May 14).

The Obama administration commended Chad's adoption of the monitoring terms, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

Countries are "voting with their feet" for the Additional Protocol, said J.K. Stratford, head of the State Department's Office of Nuclear Energy, Safety and Security.

The United States ratified the arrangement in 2009 (see GSN, Jan. 5, 2009; Xinhua News Agency, May 14).

source; http://gsn.nti.org/gsn/

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To JK Stratford,

There's a reason our eyes are placed in the front of our head and our feet point forward.

To not look backwards while walking...

Best Regards,

EJ

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