Congress is in recess this week, in fact through May 1. But the battle lines have now been drawn over the fiscal 2012 budget as House Representatives prepare to resume the debate, with both sides of the aisle vowing to restore fiscal sanity to the nation while presenting widely divergent solutions.
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review conference concluded at the end of May on a positive note. However, the months ahead look uncertain. Diplomatic relations over the North Korean and Iranian programs continue to deteriorate, and there still lacks a firm indication on whether the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) will be ratified by the end of the year.
”If you look at the actual treaty, they are not going to be cutting up weapons. They are just not going to be deployed. It is quite a modest treaty. It is important in what it says about US-Russian relations. It is a signal of the tangible improvement.”
BASIC Program Director Anne Penketh quoted in The Sydney Morning Herald.