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October 30, 2015

Nuclear-Weapons-Free Africa Keen To Harness Atomic Energy

Jeffrey Moyo
Nuclear disarmament is a non-issue in Southern Africa. Because no African country possesses nuclear weapons. In fact the 38-nation African Nuclear Weapon Free Zone (ANWFZ) Treaty, also known as the Treaty of Pelindaba, signed in 1996, established a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Africa. The treaty came into effect on July 15, 2009.

October 30, 2015

India to Lease Another Nuclear Submarine From Russia

The Diplomat
Franz-Stefan Gady
The Indian Navy will lease another nuclear-powered submarine from Russia, TASS reports. The 10-year lease agreement will likely be signed at the Russian-Indian summit in December, according to a source at India’s Defense Ministry.

October 30, 2015

N. Korea digging new tunnel at its nuke test site: official

North Korea has been excavating a new tunnel at its nuclear test site in the country's northeastern tip, an official said Friday, in what may be a show of its nuclear capability. The North has so far conducted three nuclear tests in tunnels at Punggye-ri, in 2006, 2009 and 2013.

October 29, 2015

Ya'alon: Nuclear Deal Dispute Between Israel, U.S. Is Over

JTA and Haaretz
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said Wednesday that the dispute between Israel and the United States over the Iran nuclear deal are over. “The Iran deal is [a] given,” Ya'alon said at a joint press conference in Washington with his U.S. counterpart, Ash Carter. “The disputes are over. Now we have to look to the future.”

October 29, 2015

Powerful army, atomic bomb guarantee to Pakistan’s survival: PU VC

Pakistan Observer
Salim Ahmed
Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has said that powerful army and atomic bomb are guarantee to survival of Pakistan and no enemy is able to meet our eyes with evil intentions. He was addressing the orientation ceremony of newly admitted students at PU Oriental College organized at Sherani Hall, Old Campus on Wednesday.

October 28, 2015

Iran’s nuke ambitions confirmed: Former president reveals meetings with Pakistan’s A.Q. Khan

Iran has long intended to attain nuclear weapons capability, going so far as to enlist the help of rogue Pakistani nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan, former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said. In an interview with state-run IRNA news agency, Rafsanjani said Iran’s nuclear ambitions became clear amid the Iran-Iraq War that began in 1980 and ended in 1988.

October 28, 2015

U.N. Plans New Working Groups Aimed at Nuclear Disarmament

Thalif Deen
Against the backdrop of a potential military confrontation between the world’s two major nuclear powers – the United States and Russia – the United Nations is taking a significant step towards a hitherto impossible goal: nuclear disarmament.

October 26, 2015

Australia Under Heavy Criticism For Nuclear Agreement with India

Neena Bhandari
Though the Australian Parliament has not yet ratified the Australia-India Nuclear Cooperation Agreement signed in 2014, civil society, environment and disarmament advocates caution that sale of uranium to India would fuel a nuclear arms race in the region and undermine Australia’s strong credentials as an exponent of nuclear safeguards policies.

October 26, 2015

U.S. diplomat calls for CTBT's ratification to hold defiant countries like N. Korea accountable

A senior U.S. diplomat has called for the ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), saying a legally binding total ban on nuclear explosive testing is necessary to bring to account countries like North Korea that insist on testing.

October 25, 2015

UAE must lead by example for regional nuclear disarmament

Caline Malek
The head of a European nuclear safety organisation is calling on the UAE to lead its neighbours into a treaty that prevents testing of nuclear weapons. Dr Lassina Zerbo, secretary general of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO), said on Sunday that a Middle East free of nuclear weapons could not happen without a test-free zone.

October 25, 2015

Saudi Nuclear Blustering Remains Hollow – for Now

Emad Mekay
When the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal was announced in July, the image in state-controlled Saudi media was of Western powers caving in to a new powerful neighboring foe. The usually reticent Saudi officials paid the usual diplomatic lip-service to the agreement but social media, academia and state-owned news outlet all portrayed a different picture; profound Saudi anxiety that included statements that the oil-rich country can use its wealth to go nuclear.

October 24, 2015

Russia's 'plan to drop nuclear bomb on London' in attack that could kill millions exposed

John Shammas
A plot from Russia to drop nuclear bombs on London in a bid to wipe out the capital city has been exposed. William Penney, a British atomic expert who helped develop the UK's first atom bomb, warned the Atomic Energy Authority chairman Edwin Plowden in 1954 that the eastern European giant was prepared to drop several "very powerful" bombs.

October 23, 2015

Nuclear Power Plants on the Rise – UN Agency Concerned

Ranjit Fernando
The Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is mandated to promote the safe, secure and peaceful uses of nuclear technologies, says the global nuclear landscape continues to change – amidst a rise in power plants worldwide. “More countries were considering or already preparing to build new nuclear power plants,” Tracy Brown, the acting representative of the IAEA Director-General, told delegates on October 19.

October 22, 2015

Do not ink nuclear deal with Pakistan: US lawmaker

The Hindu
Press Trust of India
“Simply put, Pakistan’s current and past record is disqualifying for any consideration by the US to support civilian nuclear cooperation” Asserting that Pakistan has repeatedly proven itself to be “deceptive and deceitful”, a top American lawmaker, who heads a Congressional subcommittee on terrorism and non-proliferation, has urged the US President not to ink any kind of civil nuclear deal with Islamabad.

October 22, 2015

Pakistan Will Be World’s Fifth Largest Nuclear Power by 2025, Report Says

Rishi Iyengar
The South Asian nation's nuclear stockpile is expected to double in the next 10 years. Pakistan is on track to become the world’s fifth largest nuclear power by 2025, according to a report released by a U.S.-based independent research organization on Monday.

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