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Violators of non-proliferation regime have to face consequences - Obama

RIA Novosti

01:5604/05/2010 WASHINGTON, May 4 (RIA Novosti) - U.S. President Barack Obama reiterated his warning to states that do not follow their non-proliferation commitments in his address to the participants of the non-proliferation treaty review conference.

The nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) review conference began in the UN headquarters in New York on May 3.

"History shows that nations that pursue this path find greater security and opportunity as an integrated member of the international community. Nations that ignore their obligations find themselves less secure, less prosperous and more isolated," the U.S. president said in a statement.

"That is the choice nations must make," he added.

He reiterated that the U.S. is fulfilling its commitments to disarmament and praised the recent strategic arms reduction treaty with Russia, signed by the presidents of the two countries on April 8 in Prague.

Obama also said his country would work to ensure that nations that abide by their obligations have access to nuclear energy.

"The U.S. is committed to this goal and will pursue a new framework for civil nuclear cooperation that permits nations that uphold their responsibilities to enjoy the peaceful uses of the atom," the statement says.

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