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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Obama says 'all countries' should join the NPT

In response to a question that supposedly surprised him, President Obama told a press conference on Tuesday that 'all' countries should join the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. 'All' presumably including Israel.
During a press conference at the end of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington DC, Obama was caught off-guard with a question regarding Israel by The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson.

“You have spoken often about bringing US policy in line with its treaty obligations internationally to eliminate the perceptions of hypocrisy that some of the world sees toward the US and its allies. In that spirit and in that venue, will you call on Israel to declare its nuclear program and sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty, and if not why wouldn’t other countries see that as an incentive not to sign on to a treaty that you say is important to strengthen?” Wilson asked Obama.

Israel acknowledges a civilian nuclear program, but has never declared possession of nuclear weapons. It is widely believed, however, to be the world's sixth largest nuclear power.

Obama took a few seconds to formulate his response, but quickly took the weight off Israel and called on all countries to abide by the NPT.

“Initially we’re talking about US behavior, and then, suddenly we’re talking about Israel,” Obama said.

“Let me talk about the United States. I do think that as part of the NPT, our obligation as the largest nuclear power in the world is to take steps to reducing our nuclear stockpile. And that’s what the START treaty was about, sending a message that we are going to meet our obligations.

“And, as far as Israel goes, I’m not going to comment on their program, but what I’m going to point to is the fact that consistently we have urged all countries to become members of the NPT. So there’s no contradiction there. We think it is important that we have an international approach that is universal and that rests on three pillars, that those of us who have nuclear weapons are making serious efforts to reduce those stockpiles.”
Good luck with that.


At 1:44 AM, Blogger nomatter said...

Such an narcissist he is.

For your entertainment go look up the definition of narcissism. (which is a very real physiological condition)

That SOB fits it to a tee.

At 2:15 AM, Blogger Moriah said...

Asking Rasha and other countries to decrease their nuclear stockpiles is for one reason and one reason only. This whole overblown amateurish production on Obama's part is to pressure Israel into revealing what her nuke arsenal is and to completely disarm her of it for the 'sake of peace.' There is no other reason. But Obama/Pharoah can't help himself. It's all Divinely inspired.

At 2:39 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Israel has NO intention of joining the NPT and disarming. That is never going to happen.


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