South Africa

Disarmament trendsetter

Authored by: Stephen F. Burgess

Handbook of Nuclear Proliferation

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  February  2012

Print ISBN: 9781857436044
eBook ISBN: 9780203840849
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780203840849-17

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Abstract

South Africa, as the first state to roll back its nuclear weapons programme, has been especially active in working to achieve nuclear disarmament. South African diplomats continue to emphasize the ‘three pillars’ of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) – the right of all states to nuclear energy, non-proliferation, and the agreement of the nuclear weapons states to roll back their programmes. South Africa places special emphasis on Article VI of the NPT and presses the nuclear weapons states finally to follow through on their commitment to disarm. South Africa also upholds the rights of non-nuclear weapons states, including Iran, to develop nuclear energy. 1

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