Chemical Weapons Convention (Treaty Doc, 103-21): Hearings Before The Committee On Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Third ... And 17, June 9 And 23, 1994 (Classic Reprint).pdf
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The committee met at 10:02 a.m., in room SD-419, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Hon. Claiborne Pell (chairman of the committee) presiding.
Present: Senators Pell, Kerry, Simon, Feingold, Helms, Lugar, Pressler, and Brown.
The Chairman. The Committee on Foreign Relations will come to order.
I will postpone my opening statement while we listen to the Secretary. The fact is that he is coming up himself to testify because of the importance he attaches to this treaty. Following that, the minority member and myself will have statements, but you will be excused unless you are fascinated with wanting to hear us and then we would be delighted. Secretary Christopher.
Statement Of Hon. Warren Christopher, Secretary Of State
Secretary Christopher. Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman. I am here today to express strong support for the Chemical Weapons Convention and to seek the Senate's expeditious advice and consent to its ratification. As you well know, Mr. Chairman, nonproliferation is a strategic priority for our foreign policy and I believe the most urgent arms control issue of the 1990's.
Before I discuss the Chemical Weapons Convention, let me say a few words about a nonproliferation issue that has certainly been on our minds for the last few weeks: the international effort to halt North Korea's nuclear program. As I was thinking about it last night, Mr. Chairman, I thought it would be quite surprising if I appeared today on a nonproliferation subject without just saying a few words about North Korea.
Over the last year, since North Korea announced its intention to withdraw from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, we have pursued a steady, deliberate policy. Our objective is to bring North Korea back into full compliance with its NPT obligations and to restart talks with the Republic of Korea aimed at a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.
As you know, our diplomatic efforts have now reached an impasse.
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