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February 10, 2017

Trump denounced nuclear arms treaty in phone call with Putin ? sources

The Guardian
Julian Borger and Ben Jacobs
Donald Trump has told Vladimir Putin he does not want to renew a 2010 arms control treaty that limits the number of strategic nuclear weapons the US and Russia can deploy. Trump angrily denounced the New Start treaty in a 28 January phone call to the Russian leader, according to sources briefed on the call. Reuters, which first reported Trump?s remarks, said the new US president also had to pause the hour-long call to ask what the New Start treaty was.

February 9, 2017

Pakistan: India's Alleged ?Secret Nuclear City? Threatens Regional Peace

VOV News
Ayaz Gul
Pakistan is warning rival India?s rapid expansion of its nuclear weaponry and construction of a ?secret nuclear city? to produce a thermonuclear arsenal pose a direct threat to Islamabad and the region at large. ?[India] has a stockpile of fissile material for producing the nuclear weapons outside the IAEA safeguards. It is also building a secret nuclear city in south India,? Foreign Ministry spokesman Nafees Zakaria said Thursday at a weekly news conference.

February 9, 2017

Forthcoming UN Conference Underlines Resistance to Nukes

Samantha Sen
Now that the new world order some of us were talking about threatens to collapse into a new world disorder, the emerging fear is what the U.S and Russia could agree on, rather than what they disagree about.

February 8, 2017

Trump's nuclear options: Upcoming review casts a wide net

Aaron Mehta
On Dec. 22, just weeks from taking office, then President-elect Donald Trump shook the military and nuclear communities by tweeting out that the U.S. "must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes."

February 7, 2017

India to host meet against nuclear terror

The Indian Express
Express News Service
In a move to rally support for India?s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), New Delhi will host the Implementation and Assessment Group Meeting of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT) from February 8 to 10. ?This event highlights India?s commitment to global nuclear non-proliferation and peaceful uses of nuclear energy. It is a part of our overall engagement with the international community on nuclear security issues,? officials said.

February 7, 2017

Big shift afoot in French nuclear compo law

RadioNew Zealand International
The French joint law commission has decided to remove the term negligible risk from the nuclear compensation law in what is seen as a breakthrough for French Polynesia's test victims. The unanimous decision is now to go to the National Assembly and the Senate for approval as Paris is to make good on its promise to loosen the law.

February 6, 2017

Republicans Call For Expansion Of U.S. Nuke Arsenal

The Daily Caller
Kerry Picket
House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Chairman Mac Thornberry told reporters at a press briefing Monday the United States should expand its missile defense capabilities and build up its nuclear arsenal as a result of missile threats posed by Iran and North Korea. ?If you look at what?s happening around the world, I would mention Iran and North Korea, the importance of missile defense is increasing,? Thornberry said.

February 5, 2017

The Rapidly Increasing Urgency of Nuclear Zero

Rick Wayman
October 24-25, 2016, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation brought together a small group of academics, activists and thought leaders to discuss how to shift the global discourse toward nuclear disarmament. The symposium, entitled ?The Fierce Urgency of Nuclear Zero: Changing the Discourse,? discussed the current state of nuclear threats, geopolitical and psychological obstacles to nuclear zero, and the path forward.

February 4, 2017

What's the Actual Difference Between a Hydrogen Bomb and an Atomic Bomb?

Science Alert
Kelly Dickerson and Dave Mosher
A hydrogen bomb is different than a regular atomic bomb, like the ones the US dropped on Japan near the end of World War II. Collectively, the two A-bombs that the US detonated over Hiroshima and Nagasaki killed more than 200,000 people. But an H-bomb is an entirely different beast. It can be up to 1,000 times more powerful than an A-bomb, according to nuclear experts. Here's why.

February 3, 2017

Mattis warns North Korea of 'overwhelming' response to nuclear use

The US Defence Secretary James Mattis has said any use of nuclear weapons by North Korea would be met with an "effective and overwhelming" response. Mr Mattis spoke in South Korea, where he had been reaffirming US support, before flying to Tokyo.

February 2, 2017

Pakistan opposes nuclear, conventional arms race in region

Business Recorder
Maintenance of peace and stability in South Asia is the cornerstone of Pakistan's policy as we are opposed to nuclear or conventional arms race in the region, Foreign Office spokesperson Thursday said. Pakistan's nuclear capability is solely for self-defense and we are committed to credible minimum deterrence, Nafees Zakaria during the weekly briefing at the foreign office said.

February 1, 2017

China tested new missile capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads: report

South China Morning Post
Catherine Wong
China reportedly tested a new version of a missile that can carry multiple nuclear warheads last month, amid heightened anxiety over ties with the United States. But one mainland analyst cautioned that such a test would not be tied to the change in American leadership, given the months of preparation it requires.

February 1, 2017

N. Korea threatens catastrophe to follow joint South-U.S. drills in March

North Korea issued a threat Wednesday that the upcoming annual joint military drills between South Korea and the United States will result in a catastrophic outcome as the U.S. defense secretary is set to travel to Seoul this week to discuss ways to reinforce the alliance against the North.

January 26, 2016

Rattled By Pakistan? India to Test Fire Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missile

The Diplomat
Franz-Stefan Gady
India will test launch a K-4 intermediate-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile from a submerged pontoon platform in the Bay of Bengal at the end of the month, according to local media reports. Although the missile has been designed to be fired from a depth of 50 meters, the January 31 test will see the K-4 launched from depths of 20-30 meters, an Indian defense official said. No further details were provided by the official.

January 26, 2016

UN Chief Guterres Committed to a Nuclear-Weapons Free World

Jaya Ramachandran
Within less than four weeks of taking office, United Nations Secretary-General Ant?nio Guterres has pledged to "actively pursue the abolition of all weapons of mass destruction and the strict regulation of conventional weapons", arguing that disarmament can play an important role in ending existing conflicts and preventing the outbreak of new.

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