Monday, May 03, 2010

UN Conference on Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

The 2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons ("NPT") is being held this week at the UN headquarters in New York. There has been a lot of discussion about Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech before the UN and the fact that the US representative to the UN left before he spoke ("At nuclear conference, U.N., Clinton scold Ahmadinejad for defying resolutions," Washington Post). If you want to see what Ahmadinejad and other's said you can view the statements as webcasts and/or transcripts. Interestingly, Ahmadinejad is the only head of state speaking at this conference.

To see breaking news from the conference you can check out the UN News Centre's web page on nuclear stories for the last 45 days. While much of the news coverage has focused on Iran, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called upon both North Korea and Iran to address issues with this treaty in his opening statement. To learn more about this topic check out the IAEA's web sites on Iran and North Korea (DPRK). The IAEA is the UN organization who has works to ensure that signatories to the NPT are in compliance.

Still want more? There are a variety of library guides that might interest you on topics such as energy, Iran, North Korea, and the United Nations.

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