Sensible Policy Nuked

Thursday, March 9, 2006

A couple of vital points seemed

to have floated under the bridge

in the March 3 front-page article

"U.S., India Reach Deal on Nuclear Cooperation."

The new deal not only marks a "significant break" from years of established international policy, it also violates the 1968 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and U.S. law.

The treaty requires that the United States supply nuclear resources only to countries that also have signed it; India has not signed the treaty because it already has a huge stash of nuclear bombs.

This deal also breaks U.S. laws that control the export of nuclear materials.

The rewards from this deal are economic. The deal will allow India to buy nuclear-related equipment and expertise, potentially funneling millions more dollars to U.S. companies.

However, that economic benefit is far outweighed by the costs of a potential arms race in that area of the world. Further, if the United States feels free to unilaterally break international nuclear rules and treaties, in what position does that put it when Russia and Iran try to do the same thing?

JAMES HICKMAN

Arlington


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