Seanwfz Agreement

States Parties are required not to develop, manufacture or otherwise acquire, possess or control nuclear weapons; Nuclear Weapons Station; test or use nuclear weapons anywhere inside or outside the treaty area; Not seeking or receiving help Do not take steps to support or promote the production or acquisition of nuclear explosive devices by a state; not to provide special fissile sources or equipment or equipment to non-nuclear weapons states (NNWS) or NWS unless they are subject to protection agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Prevent the deployment of nuclear explosive bodies on the territory of States Parties; Prevent testing of nuclear explosive devices; do not discharge radioactive waste and other radioactive substances into the offshore area and prevent the dumping of radioactive waste and other radioactive substances by anyone into the coastal sea of States Parties. The Commission may enter into such agreements with the IAEA or other international organisations, believing that the effective functioning of the monitoring system established by this treaty is appropriate. (b) any nuclear-weapon State, except in accordance with the protection arrangements in force with the IAEA. At the eighth NPT review conference in May, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that the United States was ready to consult with the SEANWFZ parties to reach an agreement on the protocol. The SEANWFZ Treaty contains two elements that go beyond other existing agreements on the nuclear-weapon-free zone (EEZ): 1) the area of application also includes the continental shelf and the EEZ of the contracting parties; and 2) Negative security insurance implies the obligation for the NWS not to use nuclear weapons against a contracting state or a party to the protocol in the area of application. For other aspects, THE SEANWFZ contains all the standard obligations, prohibitions and verification and control measures contained in previous zonal contracts. (f) conclude these agreements with the IAEA or other international organisations under Article 18, on behalf of the Commission, after being duly authorised to do so by the Commission; and on 8 and 12 August, for the first time in nearly a decade, representatives of the five Recognized Nuclear Weapons States (NWS), China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States met with ASEAN representatives to discuss the ratification by the 5 NWS of the South-East Asia Free Zone Protocol (Bangkok Treaty). The protocol stipulates that NWS must comply with the articles of the treaty and that it does not oppose or threaten to use demasists against contracting states.

China has previously expressed its willingness to ratify the protocol, but the other four NWS cite the treaty`s geographical scope as an obstacle. Although no substantive agreement has been reached, Indonesia, as the current Chair of the Commission overseeing the implementation of the treaty, confirmed that the parties would meet again in October to continue discussions. Recognizing that the IAEA has an important role to play in helping the parties meet their contractual obligations, a dialogue has been initiated between the parties and the IAEA. Among the issues discussed in the context of in-depth consultations are the issue of assistance to the IAEA in the implementation of provisions on nuclear waste protection and management measures, as well as possible assistance to technical cooperation programmes for contracting parties. In addition, all contracting parties were encouraged to enter into a comprehensive safeguard agreement with the IAEA, in accordance with Article 5 of the Treaty.