The failure of the United States and the other nuclear powers to agree to set aside time to discuss and negotiate complete nuclear disarmament at the second session of the Preparatory Committee for the NPT Review Conference in 2000 recently demonstrates that these nations are still in direct violation of Article 6 of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty done at Washington, London, and Moscow July 1, 1968, ratified by the U.S. Senate and entered into force on March 5, 1970 which reads:
"Article VI. Each of the Parties to the Treaty undertakes to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament, and on a treaty on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control."
Certainly it is a dangerous precedent, a bad example, and a betrayal of the Gandhi's principles of nonviolence for India to test and develop nuclear weapons; but the government of India does have a point when it criticizes the nuclear powers for refusing to fulfill Article 6 of the NPT. For U.S. President Clinton to condemn India and invoke sanctions against that nation is the most blatant hypocrisy, and U. S. failure to consider nuclear disarmament is dangerous to the future of civilization.