Today's date:
Summer 1999

Nuclear Disarmament is an Equal Right

Jiang Zemin is the president of China. This article - the first comment son nuclear disarmament by the Chinese president sicne US allegations of nuclear espionage - was contributed to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in his capacity as guest editor of Civilization, the journal of the US Library of Congress.

This article was distributed internationall through NPQ's weekly column with the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, Global Viewpoint.

Beijing - For 50 years, hanging over our heads like a Sword of Damocles, nuclear weapons have never ceased threatening humanity's survival. But the end of the Cold War has not brought about their disappearance. The nuclear reduciton process of the United States and Russia has bogged down in a stalemate after a brief period of progress. Nuclear-weapons tests were again conducted after the conclusion of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. These developments have clearly demonstrated that today, and for a long time to come, nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear disarmament remain important tasks for the international community. Achieving those goals calls for unremitting joint efforts by all.

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