Australia not worried about east Asian arms race

October 18, 2006 12:40


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Concerns that Asia will experience a nuclear arms race following North Korea's recent test are unfounded because support for the international framework on nonproliferation remains strong, a top Australian official said Wednesday. Andrew Leask, the assistant secretary of the Australian Safeguards and Nonproliferation Office, said international support for the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, or NPT, remained strong, despite fears that North Korea's Ocober 9 explosion could trigger an East Asian arms race. "Events of the last few weeks are testing the international nuclear nonproliferation regime, but that should not be interpreted to mean the NPT is vulnerable to imminent demise," Leask told an international conference on nuclear energy in Sydney.

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