Archived News Articles: NMD and Foreign Policy
5/3/2001 from inQ7.net - Philippines:
UN Secretary urges nuclear power to prevent arms race in space
RESPONDING to changes in the United States nuclear
policy outlined by President George W. Bush on Tuesday,
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan stressed the need to
prevent a new arms race and to keep outer space
Bush Briefs Kim on Missile Defense Speech
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush briefed South
Korean President Kim Dae Jung on his missile defense
speech and discussed North Korea, the White House said
5/3/2001 from The New York Times:
Top Democrats Warn of a Battle on Missile Plan
By ALISON MITCHELL The New York Times
Thursday May 03 12:00 AM EDT
WASHINGTON, May 2 Senate Democrats put forward some of
their most influential voices on national security
policy today and made clear that President Bush's plans
for an expansive missile defense system could well
become a defining point of contention between the two
5/3/2001 from AP: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010503/wl/europe_missile_defense_2.html
Bush Defense Plan Worries Europe
By ROBERT H. REID, Associated Press Writer
U.S. Mission to Visit China May 14-15
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. mission led by Assistant
Secretary of State James Kelly will visit China on May
14 and 15 as part of consultations on President Bush's
plans to develop a missile defense system. ...
Friday May 4 3:57 PM ET
Bush Tells N Korea No Missile Tests
By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press
"The (EU) mission led by Persson left South Korea on
Friday after arriving Thursday from the North Korean
capital, Pyongyang, where Kim Jong Il pledged to extend
a moratorium on missile tests until 2003."
5/4/2001 from Reuters and AP:
China says Bush seeking global military supremacy
BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Friday U.S. President
George W. Bush's plans for a national missile defence
(NMD) shield appeared aimed at establishing "absolute
military supremacy" in the world.
Pursuit of that aim would "break the present fragile
global security equilibrium", the China Daily, the
English-language newspaper of the ruling Communist
Party, said in a commentary. ...
5/5/2001 from usnewswire:
Coalition to Reduce Nuclear Dangers: Security Experts Say Bush
Missile Defense Plan Will Decrease Overall Security
5/5/2001 from Reuters:
Bush Aide Attacks Blair on Missile Defense Shield
LONDON (Reuters) - A senior adviser to President Bush
has attacked British Prime Minister Tony Blair's
``wishy-washy'' attitude to American plans for a missile
defense shield, a British newspaper reported on Sunday.
Richard Perle, a consultant to Donald Rumsfeld, the
Defense Secretary, said Blair was ``dodging the issue''
by refusing unambiguously to back the project, the
Sunday Telegraph said. ...
5/6/2001 from AP:
EU Ministers Meet Eastern Counterparts
By ROBERT WIELAARD, Associated Press Writer
NYKOEPING, Sweden (AP) - The European Union assured its
eastern neighbors on Sunday they will join the bloc soon ...
... The European Union is supposed to swell from 15
member states to 27 over the next decade. It has set no
entry dates, but the most promising candidates may join
as early as 2004....
5/7/2001 from the LA Times:
2 Koreas' Embrace of Europe Puts U.S. on Notice
By MARK MAGNIER, Times Staff Writer
Saturday, May 5, 2001
"...The U.S. and South Korea also seem to differ on who
should take the next step in improving relations on the
peninsula. Many in Seoul, and Pyongyang for that matter,
are waiting for a U.S. signal--which they hope to get
when a delegation led by Deputy Secretary of State
Richard L. Armitage and James A. Kelly, the assistant
secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific affairs,
visits Seoul next week.
Some in Washington, however, seem to want the
Koreas to achieve more progress on their own, a point
underscored Friday when State Department spokesman
Richard Boucher said the U.S. favors a second summit
between the leaders of North and South Korea, regardless
of the pace of a U.S. policy review. ..."
5/8/2001 from AP:
Defense Strategy Review Nearly Done
By ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld
has nearly finished a comprehensive review of U.S.
military strategy and plans to discuss it with President
Bush this week...
Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., the top Democrat on the House
Armed Services Committee, said Monday that Rumsfeld had
not talked with him about the developing strategy, and
he was surprised by the lack of consultation with him
and other leaders of military-related committees in
5/8/2001 May 8, 2001 from The New York Times
Rumsfeld Plans to Seek a Military Strategy Using Outer Space
By JAMES DAO
"...In his first major policy announcement, Mr. Rumsfeld
will call for the establishment of a new Pentagon post
for a four-star Air Force general to serve as an
advocate for what could become a new space force. ...
Mr. Rumsfeld and to a lesser degree President Bush have
publicly expressed interest in developing costly and
complicated space weapons systems, including lasers
capable of shooting down ballistic missiles and
satellites designed to attack other satellites. ..."
5/9/2001 From CSETI:
Video Webcast - Disclosure Project
Campaign for Disclosure - Originally Broadcast Live on
Wednesday, May 9, 2001
5/10/2001 from AP:
Air Force Ready for 'Guns in Space'
By ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer
Updated 1:18 PM ET May 10, 2001
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Air Force is prepared to develop a
capability to "take our guns into space" if the Bush
administration decides to move forward with space
weaponry, a senior Air Force general said Thursday. ...
"The Department of the Air Force will be assigned
responsibility to organize, train and equip for prompt
and sustained offensive and defensive space operations,"
Rumsfeld wrote in explaining how he wants to reorganize
the Defense Department's approach to managing national
security space activities such as satellite operations. ...
5/10/2001 from Reuters:
Clinton Calls for Cooperation with China
By Stephen Weeks
..."The important thing ... is not to assume the
relationship is inherently adversarial but instead to
take what we know is true. That the world will be a
better place over the next 50 years if we are partners,
if we are working together," Clinton said....
5/12/2001 from AlterNet:
Make Energy, Not War
David Corn, AlterNet
May 4, 2001
5/12/2001 © 2001 The Washington Post Company
Bush Seeks Backing for Missile Plan
Aides Lobby Officials in Key Foreign Capitals, but
Encounter Continued Skepticism
By Peter Baker
Washington Post Foreign Service
Saturday, May 12, 2001; Page A18
MOSCOW, May 11 -- President Bush's emissaries fanned out
around the world this week seeking support for, or at
least acceptance of, his plan to build a missile defense
system, a gesture of inclusion welcomed by allies and
others fearful he was developing a go-it-alone foreign
policy. But if he hoped to win converts to his vision of
a nuclear shield, Bush might be disappointed when his
representatives return home. Leaders in Western Europe
expressed lingering skepticism, while Russia continued
to warn that construction of a comprehensive antimissile
system could unravel decades of arms control agreements.
Western European leaders were somewhat less blunt in
voicing their doubts. The French government issued a
terse statement saying that "our position and our
questions are well known; we repeated them to the
American delegation." Michael Steiner, foreign policy
adviser to Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, said Germany's
questions have not been answered either. "That is why
the German position is that we say neither 'yes' nor
'no,' " he said. "We will position ourselves in light of
the answers to these questions."
U.S. officials received a warmer response in India,
where the government has embraced the larger concepts of
Bush's strategic plan if not the specifics. ...
Armitage arrived in New Delhi after stopping in Seoul,
where the South Korean government remains officially
neutral on the missile defense plan. North Korea,
however, lashed out today at Seoul's request for U.S.
missile launchers, asserting they could be used in a
missile defense system on the disputed peninsula. "The
U.S. [missile defense plan] is a product of its ambition
to dominate the world as it is aimed to make other
countries' armed forces useless and strike any country
as it pleases," said an editorial in the official Korean
Central News Agency cited by Reuters.
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