Obama may press India on CTBT/FMCT during November visit

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  1. ajtr

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    U.S. may press India on CTBT


    Narayan Lakshman
    Washington: In an indication that the United States might press India to accede to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and the Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty during President Barack Obama's November visit, a top administration official here said the U.S. would “strengthen our efforts to achieve ratification of both treaties by ... China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, North Korea, and Pakistan...”

    Arguing that the ratification of the CTBT by these countries was necessary for the treaty to enter into force, Assistant Secretary at the Bureau of Verification, Compliance, and Implementation Rose Gottemoeller said the U.S. would also aim to get India and the other listed countries “negotiating a verifiable FMCT”.

    Mr. Obama has consistently emphasised on getting both treaties ratified during his time in office, a priority he outlined in a defining speech he made in Prague last year.

    The White House's keenness on getting both treaties ratified was further exemplified in strong statements by Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Ellen Tauscher, pressing Pakistan to end its opposition to the FMCT.

    On Pakistan

    Speaking at the Non-proliferation Treaty Review Conference this year she said: “I think everyone shares the disappointment that the U.S. shares that there is a country that is blocking the programme of work that was a very hard fought agreement ... to move forward ... to begin negotiations on a fissile material cut-off treaty.”

    She added that the U.S. joined with its friends and allies in “trying to persuade that country to step away and let the programme of work go forward because it would be a long negotiation.”
     
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    If i were the ruler then i would have showed him the middle finger :)
     
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    But you are not the ruler. Obama may presented with the conciliatory gift in the form of nuke liability bill by the real rulers.
     
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    Not so funny: Obama gets serious on comedy show

    WASHINGTON: Laughs were in short supply as a somber President Barack Obama braved Comedy Central's biting 'Daily Show' while his Democrats braced for a hammering from voters amid tough economic times.

    Obama became the first sitting president to face off with Jon Stewart, host of the cable comedy show, in an attempt to reach out to his legions of young voters ahead of congressional polls on Tuesday that could see big Republican gains.

    The show regularly skewers top politicians with withering humor and delights in exposing hypocrisy and insincerity, but the mood was mostly serious on Wednesday, despite a studio audience that gave Obama a delirious reception.

    "When we promised during the campaign 'change you can believe in', it wasn't change you can believe in, in 18 months. It was change you can believe in, but you know what, we are going to have to work for it," he added.

    Obama's appearance was part of a run-up to Stewart's next big venture — a "Rally to Restore Sanity," in American political life.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...dy-show/articleshow/6832509.cms#ixzz13j2rF4JP
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    US might press for anything and everything.

    India is in the throes of Coalition politics and so it all depends on what emotions the Opposition whips up and if Manish T and J Nutrajan and others can convince the Indian voters that the Opposition is barking up the wrong tree!
     

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