CIMUN Chronicle / Article / 2016

Tensions grow within the IAEA as debate occurs over methods of denuclearization


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By Brandon Lawrence, the Chronicle

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is divided on methods to achieve denuclearization. The United States stated, “The Delegation of the United States seeks to work towards gradual denuclearization in Iran and North Korea." The United States believes that this will only ensure greater world peace.  Representatives of Sweden concurred with the sentiments of the United States saying, “The Delegation of Sweden wants to seek gradual denuclearization in Iran and North Korea."  There are, however, different opinions on methods of denuclearization. “We are currently working with the delegations of France and Germany on a working paper regarding denuclearization of countries around the world,” stated the United Kingdom (U.K.). "We want to provide incentives for denuclearization and encourage sanctions to be placed on countries that do not want to denuclearize.”  

The representative from China is not optimistic that denuclearization can be achieved saying, “We believe that it is a stretch to achieve denuclearization of Iran and North Korea.” 

Turkmenistan took a more intense position on the topic of denuclearization stating, “The Delegation of Turkmenistan seeks for the immediate denuclearization of Iran and North Korea and the gradual denuclearization of the world.”  This view of denuclearization is more intense because it seeks immediate denuclearization rather than gradual denuclearization over time.

Debate is still occurring in the IAEA and they are expected to pass resolutions soon. More updates will follow.