So what was happening about -15- 10 years ago? Well, the UNSC was adopting Resolution 1172 in response to New Delhi and Islamabad’s nuclear weapons tests.
The full text is “here”:http://daccessdds.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/N98/158/60/PDF/N9815860.pdf?OpenElement, but it’s worth pointing out that the council demanded that the two countries “refrain from further nuclear tests” and “become Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty without delay and without conditions.”
The resolution also called on Islamabad and New Delhi
bq. immediately to stop their nuclear weapon development programmes, to refrain from weaponization or from the deployment of nuclear weapons, to cease development of ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons and any further production of fissile material for nuclear weapons, to confirm their policies not to export equipment, materials or technology that could contribute to weapons of mass destruction or missiles capable of delivering them and to undertake appropriate commitments in that regard
One other interesting provision that I had forgotten about concerns the question of whether India and Pakistan could be nuclear-weapon states. Unsurprisingly, the answer is “No”:
bq. in accordance with the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons India or Pakistan cannot have the status of a nuclear-weapon State.
Oh, the resolution also encouraged other countries to
bq. prevent the export of equipment, materials or technology that could *in any way* assist programmes in India or Pakistan for nuclear weapons or for ballistic missiles capable of delivering such weapons, and welcomes national policies adopted and declared in this respect.
Interesting, given “recent events.”:http://www.totalwonkerr.net/1699/nsg-approves-india-exemption
Here is Article 25 of the “UN Charter,”:http://www.un.org/aboutun/charter/ if anyone cares:
bq. The Members of the United Nations agree to accept and carry out the decisions of the Security Council in accordance with the present Charter.
Yes, it’s a Saturday, but it’s raining outside and I _could_ be playing World of Warcraft, so leave me alone…