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UNSC resolution makes it difficult for NPT signatories to quit

world Updated: Sep 25, 2009 00:28 IST

The new UN Security Council resolution on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament makes it difficult for the NPT signatory countries to withdraw from this regime and calls upon nations to enter into safeguard agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

"These steps are important in helping address situations where a country uses access to the civilian nuclear benefits of the NPT to cloak a nascent nuclear weapons program and then withdraws from the NPT once it has acquired sufficient technical expertise for its weapons program," the White House said in a fact sheet.

Unanimously approved by the Security Council, the Resolution includes new provisions to deter withdrawal from the NPT and to ensure that nuclear energy is used in a framework that reduces proliferation dangers and adheres to high standards for security, the White House said.

The Council committed to address without delay any state's notification of withdrawal from the NPT and affirmed that states will be held responsible for any violations of the NPT committed prior to their withdrawal from the Treaty, it said.

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