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Many Fear US Withdrawal fr ABM Treaty Will Trigger New Global Nuclear Arms Race
22 Dec 2001
Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Alice Slater, president of the Global Resource Action Center for the Environment, about the U.S. withdrawal from the ABM Treaty and her belief that this signals the Bush administration's intent to militarize and dominate outer space.
Many Fear U.S. Withdrawal from ABM Treaty Will Trigger New Global Nuclear Arms Race

Interview by Between the Lines' Scott Harris.

After years of advocating that the U.S. withdraw from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty signed with the former Soviet Union in 1972, President Bush made the withdrawal official on Dec. 13 when he provided Russia with the required six-month notice. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who had resisted U.S. pressure to jointly abrogate the treaty, called Bush's decision a mistake, but was generally positive about improving relations. China's leaders were also reported to have muted their criticism and accepted a White House invitation to high-level talks over the future of arms control.

While the U.S. withdrawal from the ABM Treaty was not unexpected, many international observers expressed concern that Bush's plan to build an anti-missile system could trigger a new global nuclear arms race. In particular, there is fear around the world that China will react by constructing more intercontinental missiles, setting off a build-up of nuclear weapons in neighboring India and Pakistan.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Alice Slater, president of the Global Resource Action Center for the Environment, about the U.S. withdrawal from the ABM Treaty and her belief that this signals the Bush administration's intent to militarize and dominate outer space(A RealAudioVersion of this interview may be found At http://www.btlonline.org).

Contact the Global Resource Action Center for the Environment by calling (212) 726-9161 or visit their Web site at www.gracelinks.org

To receive Between The Lines Weekly Summary and/or Q&A, email btlsummary-subscribe (at) topica.com and/or btlqa-subscribe (at) topica.com
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