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# Seven countries signed a treaty binding each of them to

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Seven countries signed a treaty binding each of them to perform specified actions on a certain fixed date, with the actions of each conditional on simultaneous action taken by the other countries. Each country was also to notify the six other countries when it had completed its action.

The simultaneous-action provision of the treaty leaves open the possibility that

(A) the compliance date was subject to postponement, according to the terms of the treaty
(B) one of the countries might not be required to make any changes or take any steps in order to comply with the treaty, whereas all the other countries are so required
(C) each country might have a well-founded excuse, based on the provision, for its own lack of compliance
(D) the treaty specified that the signal for one of the countries to initiate action was notification by the other countries that they had completed action
(E) there was ambiguity with respect to the date after which all actions contemplated in the treaty are to be complete
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10 Mar 2011, 22:07
A. A certain fixed date is specified in the treaty. no information regarding its postponement can be inferred form given terms. Hence, incorrect.
B.All countries are bound to perform the action on the given date.Hence, incorrect.
C.Each country's action is conditional to at least one other country simultaneously sending the signal of doing the action. All the countries can have the excuse that they have not received any signal. thus the provision of treaty itself provides inherently an excuse to not comply to each country.
D. The treaty specifies signal for all the countries is simultaneous action from all other ocuntries. If only one country had to depend on the signal, the rest would have had no excuse. That is not what the treaty states.
E.Same as A
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10 Mar 2011, 22:13
I dont understand the meaning of the treaty completely...

Wat does "with the actions of each conditional on simultaneous action taken by the other countries" means?
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