Disarmament Like Chess, Expert Says


WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) — Pakistan objects to a measure to curtail nuclear proliferation though it has enough nuclear weapons to lay the region to waste, an arms expert said.

Islamabad remains the last opponent to a treaty stalled in the United Nations on disarmament. Washington has the backing for disarmament measures from nuclear powers China, France, Russian the United Kingdom though Pakistan continues to object to any such initiative.

Raza Bashir Tarar, the acting Pakistani envoy to the United Nations, was quoted by Bloomberg News as telling the United Nations that Islamabad was adamant on its nuclear position.

“Pakistan will not join any such process nor would it consider accession to the outcome of any such process,” he said.

Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association, was quoted by Bloomberg as expressing lament over Pakistan’s refusal. Islamabad and India, he said, have enough nuclear weapons on handle to “render the other country a total wasteland.”

Kimball said Washington could make some headway by involving other counties like Israel and Japan though nuclear-related diplomacy is a sticky foreign policy subject.

“It was like a big chess game and it’s been stalemated since 1998,” he said.

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