Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Najib and Israel sounds alike - Has Malaysia become a lapdog of US? - Korean Nuclear Test & NPT

Malaysia must stop foolishly following the crowd - and dancing to the tunes played by the US....especially on the issue of nuclear weapons...
Malaysia has expressed concern over North Korea's latest nuclear test, with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak saying it could destabilise the Korean peninsula.

"I'm concerned that North Korea's display of nuclear capability will further heighten the tension in the Korean peninsula and affect the whole East Asian region," he told reporters.

Najib was asked to comment on Pyongyang's announcement Monday that it had successfully carried out an underground nuclear test, an act which received worldwide condemnation.

North Korea declared that "The current nuclear test was safely conducted on a new higher level in terms of its explosive power and technology."

This is North Korea's second nuclear test after the one in 2006.

Najib hoped that the issue could be dealt with through the six-party talks as well as through the United Nations Security Council. - Star, 26/5/2009, M’sia concerned over N. Korea’s nuclear test

Guess what, .... Najib's position is also consistent with Israel's position...
Israel viewed the nuclear test of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) with "extreme gravity," Israeli Foreign Ministry said Monday in a statement.

The statement was released after the DPRK said earlier Monday it successfully conducted a nuclear test, which aroused immediate concerns and various responses from the international community.

Israel was a partner to the international concern over the DPRK's action, said the statement, adding that the Jewish state is concerned about the DPRK's nuclear proliferation, which has negative ramifications for the Middle East region.

In the statement, Israeli Foreign Ministry said it expected the international community to act "with determination" to the DPRK nuclear test, "in order to send a message to other countries."- May 25 (Xinhua), Israel views DPRK nuclear test with "extreme gravity"

Najib, how can you call on that undemocratic and certainly biased UN Security Council to deal with this. Ask instead for the UN General Assembly to look into it...

Are you also not aware of the fact that North Korea has walked out of that 'six-party talks' - and surely this issue of nuclear weapons should be a concern for all nations - not just 6 parties..China, Japan, Russia, South Korea, U.S. What exactly is the US doing there? The other nations are neighbours of North Korea...so it is OK. Is the US representing the rest of the world? If there is going to be a 6th party, should it not be the UN? Or maybe we need more parties - like EU, ASEAN, etc...

We are talking about nuclear arms here, and usage of it will affect the globe...

Iran and North Korea have been discriminated against when it comes to issue of developing nuclear energy capabilities, developing long-range rocket capabilities, ..and even developing and possessing nuclear weapons.

What about ISRAEL - who recently declared that it had nuclear weapons. Where is that UN and US condemnation of Israel? Where is that call for dis-armament? Where is those UN observers...
The US and Israel are allies – a mantra repeated by virtually all American politicians, but not carefully analysed. There is a "special relationship", though not in the conventional meaning of the term as used by Aipac (the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee): the US finances and arms Israel, and the latter is the (sometimes) grateful recipient of American beneficence. Without US support, Israel would be reduced to a minor power. It would be unable to finance the occupation, the settlements in the West Bank and, of course, its nuclear arsenal. Using this leverage, the Obama administration can and should impose on Israel a policy of nuclear disarmament. - Guardian, 22/5/2009, US must rein in Israel's nuclear arms
And, now we know that the US (the country with the largest number of nuclear weapons) was fully aware of this fact since 1975. The declassification of large numbers of formerly highly classified US government documents has revealed this. Today, it is estimated that Israel has more nuclear arms compared to India, or Pakistan. [See table below that was obtained from website http://www.fas.org/nuke/guide/israel/nuke/ ] And, given the nature of Israel, and the fact that it has acted with impunity and mercilessly repeatedly with regard its neighbouring states makes it even more necessary for immediate action to dis-arm Israel's nuclear arsenal now...

But alas, the US and the UN seek only to focus world attention on Iran, North Korea...and not Israel.

Let's not forget that US has also NOT been disarming as agreed to in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. In fact, US have been developing new nuclear weapons...US has also, it is said, to have placed nuclear arms in the hands of NATO member countries - again something that goes against the NPT. As an example, just read the World Council of Churches 2004 Statement, which will give you an idea of US and other states transgressions... [One cannot say that there is any anti-US or 'islamic' or 'anti-semitic' statement now...]

Statement by the WCC Executive Committee, Geneva, 17-20 February, 2004

The Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches, meeting in Geneva
from 17-20 February, 2004,

Affirming yet again our belief that the only ultimate protection against nuclear
weapons is their total elimination;

Responding to the urgent public concern given to nuclear weapons and the risk
of proliferation of these weapons;

Reaffirming the persistent witness of the churches, that nuclear weapons cannot
bring security and that nuclear arsenals "deliver only insecurity and peril through
their promise to annihilate life itself and to ravage the global ecosystem" through
which God sustains all earthly life;

Recognizing the suffering of the many victims of nuclear testing, in particular
in the Pacific and the former Soviet Union;

Recalling the "Statement on Nuclear Disarmament" of the WCC Central Committee
(29 January-6 February, 2001) that the post-Cold War opportunity to make major
advances toward the elimination of nuclear weapons is being lost due to the failure
of states to honour their unambiguous obligations under the Nuclear Non-
Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the undertakings solemnly agreed to in the May
2000 NPT Review Conference; and

Noting that the forthcoming 2005 NPT Review Conference affords a new opportunity
to reinvigorate nuclear disarmament commitments and efforts;

The Executive Committee:

Reiterates its grave and ongoing concern that certain policies and practices of
nuclear weapon-states undermine international progress towards nuclear disarmament,
and draws attention to:

Continuing efforts by the United States to develop new generations of nuclear weapons;
• The abrogation by the United States of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, and US pursuit of strategic ballistic missile defence in spite of is destabilizing impact on the international strategic environment;
Assertion by the United States of nuclear use doctrines, including threats to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear-weapon states party to the NPT, that undercut negative security assurances;
• The failure of China, India, Israel, Pakistan, North Korea and the United
States to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty;
• The revival of the uranium enrichment programme of North Korea;
• Russia's failure to undertake verifiable reductions of its non-strategic nuclear
• The dangerous practice in Russia and the United States of maintaining strategic weapons on ongoing high alert status;
• The failure of the Russia-US Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty to require the permanent dismantling of warheads removed from active deployment;
• China's measures to expand and upgrade its strategic nuclear arsenal;
NATO's "nuclear sharing" policy which places nuclear weapons on the territories of non-nuclear states party to the NPT;
NATO's continuing assertion of that nuclear weapons are "essential" to its security, and its pledge to retain them for the foreseeable future; and
• The continued retention of nuclear weapons by Israel, Pakistan and India and the failure of the international community seriously to challenge these violations of the international norm against nuclear weapons acquisition;

Welcomes the ongoing struggle of many governments and civil society groups
to advance nuclear disarmament and to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons,
and draws attention to:

• The decision of the Government of Libya to disavow the pursuit of nuclear
weapons ands to open its nuclear facilities to international inspection;
• The decision of the Government of Iran to accept the International Atomic
Energy Agency (IAEA) additional protocol and to open its facilities to more
intensive inspections;
• The continuing efforts, especially by China, Japan, Russia, South Korea
and the United States, to engage North Korea in pursuit of a full commitment
to permanently forego the pursuit of nuclear weapons and to recommit
to the NPT as a non-nuclear state party;
• The 2002 G8 pledge of US$ 20 billion in support of the Global Partnership
against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction, with a
priority focus on securing Russia's nuclear materials; and
• The role of civil society organizations around the world in continuing to
undertake research and public advocacy in support of the urgent objective
of eliminating nuclear weapons;

Urges all States to make renewed and unprecedented efforts to ensure that the
current NPT Review Process, leading to the 2005 NPT Review Conference, reinvigorates
nuclear disarmament efforts, leads states to recommit to the principles
and goals of the NPT, and sets the world on a path towards the final elimination
of nuclear weapons through support for a series of bold measures, including:

• A halt to all nuclear weapons research and development;
• The early approval and ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty
• Rejection of strategic Ballistic Missile Defence;
• Pledges by all nuclear weapon states, in a series of interim measures, to:
• never be the first to use nuclear weapons,
• fulfill their unequivocal undertaking to accomplish the total elimination
of their nuclear arsenals, to which all States Parties are committed under
Article VI of the NPT,
• never use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear-weapon
states party to the NPT;
• permanently remove their nuclear weapons from high-alert status;
• permanently remove all nuclear weapons from the territories of non-nuclear
weapon states;
• Steps by Russia and the United States to make all their nuclear disarmament
agreements irreversible through requirements to dismantle permanently
all weapons removed from active deployment;
• Early commitment to the commencement of negotiations on a Fissile Material
Cut-Off Treaty;
• Efforts by Global Partnership states to accelerate implementation of Partnership
objectives; and
• A recommitment to preventing the horizontal proliferation of nuclear
weapons and weapons technology by:
• providing the political and material support necessary to enable the IAEA
to carry out its responsibilities,
• continuing to press Iran and North Korea to abandon all uranium enrichment
and plutonium extraction efforts towards a fully verifiable return to
a status of non-nuclear states party to the NPT;
• Providing for the return of international inspectors to Iraq to verify its full
compliance with its obligation as a non-nuclear party to the NPT;
• Commitment by all States to uphold and strengthen the multilateral framework
for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation;

Encourages civil society organizations to:

• Continue to monitor nuclear weapons issues and developments;
• Continue to challenge states to redouble their nuclear disarmament efforts
in accord with the requirement of the NPT and, especially, in accord with
the requirements for human security;
• Urge the states responsible for carrying out nuclear tests, that adequate
compensation should be given to victims of these tests;

Calls on churches in the context of the Decade to Overcome Violence to renew
their witness for peace and disarmament through education, public awarenessbuilding
and advocacy to overcome the continuing threat of nuclear weapons; and
Asks the WCC to continue to:

• Monitor nuclear disarmament efforts generally;
• Encourage NATO governments to renounce their reliance on nuclear weapons;
• Explore ways of promoting attention to nuclear disarmament in Israel,
Pakistan and India.

Let us go back to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, also referred to as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), obligates the five acknowledged nuclear-weapon states (the United States, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, France, and China) not to transfer nuclear weapons, other nuclear explosive devices, or their technology to any non-nuclear-weapon state. Nuclear weapon States Parties are also obligated, under Article VI, to "pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament, and on a treaty on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control." Non-nuclear-weapon States Parties undertake not to acquire or produce nuclear weapons or nuclear explosive devices....The NPT is the most widely accepted arms control agreement; only Israel, India, and Pakistan have never been signatories of the Treaty, and North Korea withdrew from the Treaty in 2003. - FAS's Nuclear Information Project

We should never be carried away from the more pressing issues, and the more serious violations of the NPT by those who are powerful (the US, ect),...Remember, they also control major media groups. They will dictate the agenda and our perspective - that is, if we allow them to.

When Iran or some 3rd world country tries to get back on track, the US and the media it controls (or influences) calls it an attempt to distract from the real issues. US violations of the treaty obligations must be addressed...

The more serious concern is not Iran's nuclear programme, or the North Korea.. (but these are the 2 issues that seem to have dominated our media sources...

Malaysia did play an important role as a check & balance against US (and its cronies) domination of the world agenda - but alas, today Najib seems to have caused Malaysia to be perceived as just another of the lapdogs of US.

Be brave Najib - call on the US to fulfil its NPT treaty obligations...

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