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Topic - Arms Control Association
As the Obama administration presses the United Nations this week to rid Syria of its chemical weapons, it faces the stark reality that the United States has failed to meet a 2012 deadline to destroy its remaining arsenal and has never pressured its closest Middle East ally, Israel, to sign the treaty banning such weapons.
The United States and North Korea's neighbors in Asia have "extensive seismic, infrasound, and radionuclide monitoring technologies that will detect any North Korean nuclear detonation," said Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association.
"Underground nuclear-test explosions also emit small quantities of certain types of radioactive gases that can be detected by mobile air-monitoring equipment deployed by the U.S. Air Force, and, depending on weather patterns, by certain ground stations controlled by Russia, Japan and South Korea, as well as the international radionuclide monitoring stations operated by the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization," he added.