France shouldn't throw stones: anti-nuclear group

9th October 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 9, 2006 (AFP) - France is in no position to condemn the nuclear test carried out by North Korea in view of its own contravention of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, France's main anti-nuclear coalition said on Monday.

PARIS, Oct 9, 2006 (AFP) - France is in no position to condemn the nuclear test carried out by North Korea in view of its own contravention of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, France's main anti-nuclear coalition said on Monday.

"France is totally unqualified to condemn the behaviour of North Korea's leaders, which is indeed irresponsible," Sortir du Nucleaire (nuclear exit), a group representing over 750 organisations, said in a statement.

In carrying out nuclear tests, France — along with the United States — "gives other countries the excuse for developing atomic weapons themselves," the group said.

North Korea said earlier it had carried out a nuclear test on Monday, prompting sharp criticism from around the world including from other nuclear powers like France, the United States and Britain, as well as Pakistan and India.

The nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) is not only concerned with preventing proliferation but was also meant to lead to complete nuclear disarmament, Sortir du Nucleaire's statement recalled.

"It is clear that French policy of simulating nuclear tests, with the aim of modernising nuclear weapons and also providing a new generation of atomic bombs, is in complete contradiction with the NPT," it added.

Before Monday's events in North Korea seven countries — the United States, Russia, Britain, France, China, India and Pakistan — were avowed members of the nuclear club. Israel is also widely presumed to have atomic weapons but has never officially admitted to having them.

France last carried out nuclear tests in the Pacific in 1996, triggering international outcry.

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