Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

A new nuclear order is upon us

Pakistan has doubled the size of its nuclear arsenal in the past five years. Photo: Xinhua

North Korea's launch of a long-range missile last month was followed by a flurry of global condemnation that was almost comical in its predictability and impotence.

Monday, 14 January, 2013, 3:31am

Love and hate: India's contrary views of the US

At the heart of India's furore over the proposed nuclear deal with the United States lies a complex that is more psychological than political.

28 Aug 2007 - 12:00am


URA promises only benefit developers

In his letter, 'Canyon-effect claim is unfounded' (April 19), Paul S. W. Leung of the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) says it will implement measures to ensure good ventilation at the Peel Street/Graham Street project and more than 1,000 square metres of public open space will be provided.

26 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Closer to midnight

When the devastation of the atomic bombs dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 60 years ago became apparent, two opinions formed - such weapons should never be used again and more were needed.

A tug of war has since ensued, with nuclear-weapons advocates making the most gains but groups pushing for their elimination at times making significant inroads.

7 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Washington must play fair on nuclear policy

If there was any doubt that the Bush administration applies one set of rules to enemies and another to friends, it should be laid to rest following Monday's announcement that the United States has agreed to share its nuclear technology with India.

20 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

How to save the world

On Monday, representatives from 188 nations gathered in New York for a month-long review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Since it went into effect in 1970, the NPT has been a powerful testament to how deeply an accord can shape the world.

4 May 2005 - 12:00am


Recognised nuclear weapon states*

China: About 300 strategic warheads

France: Fewer than 500 warheads

Russia: 6,094 deployed warheads

Britain: Fewer than 200 warheads

United States: 7,295 deployed warheads

*Arms Control Association 2001 figures

Unrecognised nuclear weapon states**

11 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Are nuclear weapons the ultimate bargaining chip? Yes. Just ask North Korea

Some thoughtful people are scratching their heads about the standoff over North Korea's clandestine nuclear weapons development programme. They point out that by the early 1990s, it was believed Pyongyang already had one or two nuclear warheads.

9 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

US preaches hypocrisy over nuclear power

Much has been said and written regarding the nuclear tests conducted by India and Pakistan.

It is very easy for countries to pass judgment on India and Pakistan and condemn their acts as being detrimental to world peace.

8 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

The first leg of an arms agreement

Military veteran and academic John Endicott had his hands full when he first laid out his plans for an East Asian nuclear-free zone to the Chinese.

The professor at Georgia Institute of Technology had just finished explaining to officials his initiative for banning all nuclear weapons within a 1,200-mile (1,930-kilometre) radius of the Korean peninsula.

27 Feb 1997 - 12:00am

US puts China loans on hold

WASHINGTON asked the Export-Import Bank, which provides investment guarantees to US companies, to delay loans involving China until March 23. In a move seen as election year politics, President Bill Clinton said he wanted China to provide proof it did not transfer sensitive nuclear equipment to Pakistan and pledge to abide by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.



3 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

Sanctions rebound

THE Clinton administration's cautious approach to economic sanctions against China for alleged violations of international treaties shows a wisdom it has often lacked in the past.

22 Feb 1996 - 12:00am

Double standards over nuclear weapons

THE promise by Presidents Bill Clinton and Jacques Chirac to work together for a global nuclear test ban has a statesmanlike ring to it. Whether their own constituents or the international audience at which it was aimed are likely to find it honest or reassuring is another matter.

4 Feb 1996 - 12:00am

Say no to nuclear weapons 2

NUCLEAR weapons continue to pose perhaps the greatest threat to humanity and the environment.

Their use means catastrophic destruction, their production results in wide-spread pollution and their proliferation creates a more dangerous world.

4 Jul 1995 - 12:00am

US wakes up to the sleeping dragon

IF there was a defining moment when China showed itself to be a superpower in waiting, it may have come this week.

With all eyes on New York to see how the world's powers would react to the growing spread of nuclear weapons, Beijing came into its own both in word and deed.

21 Apr 1995 - 12:00am