Nuclear Proliferation Following the NPT Extension

  • George Rathjens


Surprise that Iraq had made as much progress toward acquiring nuclear weapons as it had before the Persian Gulf war and the more recent concerns about North Korea’s nuclear programme have meant that nuclear weapons proliferation has recently gained attention in the US Government — and in others — to a degree unknown since the Carter years. The Clinton administration is supporting the policies developed during those earlier years to deny potential proliferators access to materials and technology relevant to weapons acquisition — and delivery — and it made vigorous and successful efforts to get an indefinite extension of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty of 1970 when it came up for review in 1995. It is also developing, within the Department of Defense, new ‘counter-proliferation’ initiatives.


International Atomic Energy Agency Security Council Nuclear Weapon North Atlantic Treaty Organization Security Guarantee 
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