Internationale spectator: tijdschrift voor internationale politiek vol:57 issue:9 pages:425-429
Tom Sauer describes how the European Union recently adapted its non-proliferation policy. Partly as a reaction to the internal split about the Iraq crisis, partly to answer the North Korean and Iran cases, the EU presented a draft Strategy against Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction at the summit of Thessa-loniki in June 2003. A new approach is the emphasis on sanctioning non-compliance and the introduction of non-proliferation instruments such as economic sanctions and the use of military force. Whether these instruments will be used in practice remains to be seen. Iran is a first test case. It seems, however, that the EU now takes the non-proliferation issue serious.