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Ban on Weapons of Doom Is Extended to Qaeda-Style Groups

The Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday to keep chemical, biological and nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists. First proposed in a United Nations General Assembly speech by President Bush in September, the resolution extends the reach of non-proliferation treaty power beyond states alone to “non-state actors” – diplomatic language for terror groups.The 15-to-0 vote followed months of negotiating and redrafting to win over one reluctant permanent member and several non-permanent ones. All five permanent members – Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States – are nuclear powers. China ended a threat to use its veto when language was dropped that had called for the interception of ships at sea suspected of carrying banned weapons.Full Story

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