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September 20, 2015

Zarif Highlights Iran’s Distrust of US

Tasnim News Agency
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Sunday that the Iranian nation and government are still mistrustful of US officials’ conduct. “The problem in our relations with the US derives from the Iranian people and statesmen’s distrust of American officials’ behavior,” Zarif said at a joint press conference with his Dutch counterpart Albert Koenders in Tehran.

September 20, 2015

Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn on scrapping Trident and leaving Nato: 'I don't think that is going to happen'

The Independent
Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith
Labour’s newly-appointed Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn has revealed he does not believe the party will back nuclear disarmament or Britain’s withdrawal from Nato despite Jeremy Corbyn’s landslide victory for the leadership in which he carried the policies as part of his manifesto.

September 18, 2015

China to respond firmly to any North Korea nuke test

Yahoo News
Christopher Bodeen
If North Korea launches a rocket into space or conducts a nuclear test in the coming weeks, as observers suspect it may, China is certain to respond angrily, and perhaps with an unprecedented level of economic punishment. The question is whether North Korea can be swayed even by its most important ally.

September 18, 2015

Experts urge release of details of IAEA inspection at Iran site

Louis Charbonneau and John Irish
Several nuclear security experts are urging the United Nations nuclear watchdog and world powers to release details of how a sensitive Iranian military site will be inspected as part of a landmark nuclear deal reached in July.

September 18, 2015

Noam Chomsky: Why the Republican 'Radical Insurgency' Is So Panicked About the Iran Nuclear Deal

Alter Net
Vijay Prashad
On September 2, the United States’ support for the Iran nuclear deal was secured. President Barack Obama’s team negotiated the deal along with other countries of the P5+1 (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the U.S. and Germany). The Republicans in the U.S. Congress had threatened to pass a resolution that would block Obama’s signature on such a deal. Obama had said he would veto any Bill that constrained his hand to sign that deal.

September 17, 2015

Arab push to pressurize Israel thwarted at U.N. nuclear watchdog

Yahoo News
An Arab bid to pressurize Israel over its assumed nuclear arsenal failed on Thursday after Washington and other powers united to reject it at the U.N. atomic watchdog's annual gathering. The extent of the rejection - with a larger number of 'no's than a similar vote last year - will reassure Israel, whose relationship with the United States and other traditional allies has been strained by their support for a nuclear settlement with its enemy Iran.

September 17, 2015

Former British Foreign Secretary Praises Idea of a Nuclear Weapons Free Middle East, Israel to Give Up its Nuclear Arsenal

Global Research
The former British Foreign Secretary, in an opinion piece published in London, today, agrees with newly elected Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, that a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone (NWFZ) in the Middle East, is ‘entirely commendable’. The obvious problem being that this could ‘only be achieved by Israel giving up its nuclear weapons’ as a quid pro quo to Iran agreeing to scrap its nuclear program.

September 17, 2015

Last bid to kill Iran nuclear deal blocked in Senate

Patricia Zengerle
U.S. Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked legislation meant to kill the Iran nuclear deal for a third time, securing perhaps the greatest foreign policy win of President Barack Obama's six years in office and clearing the way to implement the accord. By a 56-42 vote, the Republican-majority Senate fell short of the 60 votes needed to advance in the 100-member chamber.

September 17, 2015

US warns North Korea against nuclear `provocation`

ZeeNews India
The United States warned Wednesday that North Korea will face "severe consequences" if it continues with what Washington sees as its provocative decision to restart a nuclear reactor.

September 17, 2015

N. Korea could have enough plutonium for seven to ten nuclear weapons

The Hankyoreh
With North Korea hinting on Sep. 15 that it would carry out a nuclear test, attention is turning once again to the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center, North Korea’s primary facility for developing nuclear weapons.

September 17, 2015

Australia’s opposition to nuclear disarmament push by Austria causing its global isolation

International Business Times
Kalyan Kumar
Australia’s reluctance to support the global campaign for the elimination of all nuclear weapons by 116 nations is causing its global isolation, particularly among its anti-nuclear neighbours. This was highlighted by internal e-mails sent to Canberra by Australian diplomats working under the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The e-mails carry many references to the 116-nation push, led by Austria, for banning nuclear weapons.

September 16, 2015

The Variety of Early Nuclear Weapons an Example of Human Ingenuity

Foreign Policy in Focus
Run Amok
In the early years of nuclear weapons, it was still thought that smaller nuclear weapons (called tactical) could fall under the aegis of conventional weapons. Before military planners disabused themselves of that notion and conceded that, with regards to tactical nukes, if it looks like a nuke … , various species of nuclear weapons were developed.

September 16, 2015

‘Pakistan has second nuclear strike capability’

The Asian Age
Shafqat Ali
Pakistan possesses second nuclear strike capability against India, former defence secretary Lt. Gen. Naeem Khalid Lodhi said on Wednesday. Speaking at a seminar here titled “Challenges in the India, Pakistan Relations under BJP Government: Security & Diplomatic Perspectives” at the Strategic Vision Institute (SVI), Gen. Lodhi discussed the security challenge posed by India and Pakistan’s strengths in dealing with it, despite the growing conventional asymmetry with India.

September 16, 2015

A Dose of Reality: Rising Costs for Nuclear Weapons

All things nuclear
Eryn MacDonald
In a previous post Stephen Young and I looked at the overall changes in cost estimates for the NNSA’s 3+2 program to replace the entire nuclear weapons stockpile. As we noted, the FY16 Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan (SSMP) shows a significant increase in cost estimates for most life extension programs (LEPs) when compared with the FY15 SSMP, which showed a largely unexplained drop in cost estimates from those in the FY14 report.

September 16, 2015

Pakistan-US experts discuss non-proliferation of nuclear material

The Economic Times
Strategic export control experts from Pakistan and the US today discussed the best practices to maintain strict control over non-proliferation of nuclear materials. Pakistan apprised the US side of the latest developments in the country's strategic export control system, its internal compliance mechanism and the National Control Lists (NCL)'s review process, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

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