EXCERPT FROM JAMES RUBIN, DEPARTMENT OF STATE
PRESS BRIEFING, JUNE 1, 1998
Relatedly, and the reason why the five are so important, is because we want to make sure that the international non-proliferation regime that has been set back by these events does not get set back further. In saying that, let's all bear in mind that as bad as it is in the Subcontinent, as bad as it is in South Asia, as serious as the decisions by India and Pakistan were, in recent years the trend has been the other way. Brazil and Argentina have forsworn nuclear weapons and gone the other way; South Africa, given them up and joined the NPT; North Korea, its program frozen under IAEA safeguards; Iraq, its program eliminated, as best as we can tell, by the IAEA.
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