Burma nuclear program highlights the need for a standing UN technical body

By Robert Kelley | November 1, 2010

The author highlights Burma and recent events surrounding its nuclear program to
present a case for the development of a UN technical body to investigate
countries suspected of having weapons of mass destruction (WMD). International
verification organizations such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
and the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have no
expertise in evaluating technologies outside their core missions, which, he
writes, means no international organization can assess the technology of missile
delivery systems. Using Burma as a backdrop, the author makes the case for an
international technical body, which he outlines in structure, function, and

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