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Greens condemn North Korea’s nuclear test

Media Release
Scott Ludlam 12 Feb 2013

Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has condemned North Korea's nuclear test today, saying it has further damaged its international reputation and exposed its people to dangerous radiation.

"This test again confirms the fact that civil nuclear reactors provide the pathway and capacity for nuclear weapons programmes. North Korea accessed nuclear technology as a non-nuclear weapon state, as it is encouraged to do under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, then it withdrew from the treaty to build weapons with its supposedly 'civilian' nuclear technology," said Senator Ludlam.

"As the Canberra Commission said in 1996, ‘So long as any state has even one nuclear weapon, it is inevitable that other states - or even non-state actors - will try to get them.'

"The Australian government should promote serious efforts toward global nuclear disarmament in the light of North Korea's nuclear test today. What we learned from Wikileaks disclosures is that our government likes to feature in performance art on this subject while begging the Americans to maintain the nuclear umbrella over Australia, promoting the use rather than the reduction of nuclear weapons in security policies.

"While these weapons of terror figure so strongly as political symbols and are part of national security policies, as we saw shamefully reconfirmed in Australia's 2009 Defence White Paper, countries like North Korea will want them and will test them."

"Nuclear testing releases radiation that harms human health and the environment for generations. What North Korea has done today is unforgivable, just as it was unforgivable for the British to shower Indigenous people with radiation, as did the French and the US in the Pacific, and the Russians in Kazakhstan," concluded Senator Ludlam.



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