Arms Control Today

Arms Control Today is a magazine published 10 times a year by the Arms Control Association in Washington, DC. Founded in 1972, its subjects are international arms control issues, peace and international affairs. Its audience includes policy makers, educators and the general public.

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 8, October

A Foundation to Strengthen, Not Erode
Forty years ago this month, the United States, the Soviet Union, and the United Kingdom began observing the first major arms control agreement of the nuclear age. The Limited Test Ban Treaty (LTBT), which took effect on October 10, 1963, not only led...
A North Korean Proposal
The following is the keynote speech given by Kim Yong II, North Korea's vice minister of foreign affairs, at the six-party talks in Beijing Aug. 27. It is the most detailed account to date of what the North Koreans proposed, and appeared in an article...
Bush Calls on UN to Curb Proliferation
THE BUSH ADMIMSTRATION is urging the UN Security Council to adopt an anti-proliferation resolution that would call upon member states to "criminalize" the proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. In a Sept. 23 address at the opening...
Bush's Bipolar Disorder and the Looming Failure of Multilateral Talks with North Korea
Contrary to the blithe talk of hardliners, the lack of progress to date and the poor prospects for future talks reveal the limits of political and military coercion to achieve nonproliferation goals in Korea.Many U.S. "experts" and the Bush administration...
Chinese Concession Fails to End UN Disarmament Conference's Stalemate
PROVING THE ADAGE that "the more things change, the more they stay the same," the 66-member Conference on Disarmament (CD) Sept. 10 concluded its fifth straight year without holding any negotiations. The stalemate persisted even though China compromised...
Concern Heats Up over Iran's Nuclear Program
THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors unanimously adopted a resolution Sept. 12 that sets an Oct. 31 deadline for Iran to cooperate fully with the agency's efforts to resolve concerns that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons...
Countries Sticking to Timetable in Pledges on Eliminating Landmines
COUNTRIES COMMITTED TO eliminating anti-personnel landmines (APLs) are matching their words with deeds, according to a Sept. 15-19 meeting of states-parties to the Ottawa Convention, which bars the use, production, stockpiling, and transfer of APLs.The...
India, Pakistan Trade Barbs over Nukes
PAKISTANI PRESIDENT PERVEZ Musharraf has denied reports that Pakistan shared its nuclear technology with other countries, namely North Korea. "All our [nuclear] assets are under strict control," Musharraf asserted Sept. 25 at a gathering in Ottawa organized...
In His Own Words
The following are excerpts from the first public comments made by Charles L. "Jack" Pritchard, former special envoy for negotiations with North Korea, since he resigned from the State Department in late August (prior to the Beijing talks) over the Bush...
Interdiction Initiative Starts to Take Shape
AIMING TO GIVE sea legs to their evolving effort to intercept global shipments of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), ballistic missiles, and related technologies to terrorists and countries of proliferation concern, participants of the 11-country Proliferation...
In Their Own Words. Excerpts from the Un General Assembly Sept. 23
A second challenge we must confront together is the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Outlaw regimes that possess nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons-and the means to deliver them-would be able to use blackmail and create chaos in entire...
Iraq Inquiry Winds Down; Blair Suffers Political Blow
AS LORD HUTTON prepares to wrap up his investigation into the suicide of arms expert David Kelly, it seems that British Prime Minister Tony Blair will escape legal charges that his government had falsified and exaggerated prewar intelligence information...
Is Missile Defense on Target?
If the Bush administration's now anemic testing schedule continues on track, the United States is set to deploy a missile defense system that is simply not up to the job.The clock is ticking. Last December, President George W. Bush announced plans to...
Key Hill Panel Faults Intelligence Community for Flawed Iraq Analysis; Kay Report Stalled
AS THE SEARCH for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction (WMD) continues without any weapons discoveries and the Bush administration steadily retreats from some of its earlier claims, a key congressional committee has reportedly issued a harsh critique of...
Letters to the Editor
It has been a number of years since Arms Control Today has consistently run letters. With this issue, ACT is rededicating itself to giving you, our readers, a regular voice in the magazine. This letter refers to "What Happened to Saddam's Weapons of...
Limited Test Ban Treaty Turns 40
LIKE ALL FIRST steps, it was long awaited, tentative, and not without risk. Yet, it also held out promise. The Limited Test Ban Treaty (LTBT), the first agreement negotiated to regulate the U.S.-Soviet nuclear competition, went into effect Oct. 10, 1963....
Missile Defense Technologies Still a Work in Progress
A YEAR BEFORE the Pentagon is scheduled to field the initial elements of the ground-based midcourse missile defense (GMD) system in Alaska, a majority of its critical technologies remain unproven, a recent U.S. government report found. In addition, the...
Senate Okays Funds for Nuclear Weapons Research
THE REPUBLICAN-LED House and Senate are at odds over whether to fund new nuclear weapons initiatives proposed by the Bush administration. The Senate's fiscal year 2004 energy and water appropriations bill, approved Sept. 16, funds continued research...
Summit Leaves Iran, North Korea Issues Unresolved
DESPITE WHAT THEY described as "open, very frank" discussions about Iran's and North Korea's nuclear programs, U.S. President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin concluded their Sept. 26-27 talks at Camp David without any concrete decisions...
The IAEA Resolution: An Excerpt
1. Calls on Iran to provide accelerated cooperation and full transparency to allow the Agency to provide at an early date the assurances required by Member States;2. Calls on Iran to ensure there are no further failures to report material, facilities...
The Independence-Dependence Paradox: Stability Dilemmas in South Asia
Both countries have tried to wean themselves from outside support using nuclear weapons. But this only makes them more dependent on other powers who are forced to mitigate the consequences of this arms race.Has a new era of detente and stability emerged...
U.S. Chemical Weapons Program to Miss Deadline
U.S. OFFICIALS INFORMED the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) last month that the United States will not meet a key interim deadline set by the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) to destroy nearly half of its chemical weapons...
U.S. Imposes More Proliferation Sanctions
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION in September continued to show that it would not be shy about sanctioning entities suspected of proliferation activities, levying penalties against a Russian entity and a Chinese firm, as well as sanctioning the Chinese government.Since...
U.S. Refuses to Lift Sanctions against Libya
CITING CONCERNS ABOUT Libya's pursuit of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), the United States will continue bilateral sanctions on Tripoli despite the UN Security Council's Sept. 12 decision formally to lift similar decade-old sanctions.The UN sanctions...
U.S. Shows More Flexibility in North Korea Talks
WITH ANOTHER ROUND of six-party talks concerning the North Korean nuclear crisis likely to take place, the Bush administration has signaled new flexibility in its bargaining position. Although U.S. policy is still far from fully formed, the biggest change...
U.S. Still Reigns as Top Global Arms Seller
LAST YEAR, THE United States sold more arms than any other country, continuing a post-Cold War pattern, according to an authoritative Congressional Research Service (CRS) report published Sept. 22.The report by CRS analyst Richard Grimmett states that...