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November 10, 2016

China rejects report of aiding Pakistan?s nuclear program

Pakistan Today
China rejected a report by the Center for Science and Security Studies at King?s College, the UK that it continues to aid Pakistan?s nuclear and missile programs and most important supplier of all forms of goods. Taking strong exception to the report, Chinese Foreign Ministry?s spokesperson Lu Kang?s they have noted relevant report. It may sound plausible but cannot stand closer analysis because it fails to answer one essential question.

November 10, 2016

The Double-Edged Sword of Armenia?s New Nuclear-Capable Missiles

The Huffington Post
Armine Sahakyan
As someone who loves Armenia, my first response to the news that my country had purchased advanced Russian missiles capable of hitting targets hundreds of kilometers from Armenian territory was: ?Good ? they will make us safer.? But the more I thought about it, the more I wondered whether that was true.

November 10, 2016

India?s defense minister questions its no first-use nuclear policy ? then says it?s his personal opinion

The Washington Post
Rama Lakshmi
Amid one of the worst phases of border tensions with Pakistan, the defense minister of India said Thursday that the country?s pledge not to use nuclear weapons first amounts to ?giving away your strength.? Speaking at a book launch in New Delhi, Manohar Parrikar said, ?A lot of people say India has a no-first-use nuclear policy, but why should I bind myself? I should say I am a responsible nuclear power and I will not use it irresponsibly.?

November 10, 2016

N.K. vows not to give up nuclear weapons as Trump elected new U.S. president

Soo Yeon
The U.S. focuses on applying pressure and sanctions against North Korea for its nuclear and missile provocations, saying that Pyongyang should first show sincere commitment to denuclearization if dialogue is to proceed. North Korea has claimed that it needs to develop and maintain a nuclear arsenal as a deterrence against what it calls Washington's hostile policy toward Pyongyang.

November 10, 2016

In East Asia, Kazakhstan Pushes for Nuclear Nonproliferation

The Diplomat
Catherine Putz
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, on a five-day trip to East Asia split between Japan and South Korea, has proposed that North Korea could follow in Astana?s footsteps toward denuclearization. ?Over the past 25 years through its own practice, Kazakhstan has built an effective model to chart a path towards a nuclear-free world. We propose all countries, including North Korea, will use this model,? he said in a written interview with South Korea?s Yonhap News Agency.

November 9, 2016

Nazarbayev?s Visit to Hiroshima Highlights Joint Striving for Nuclear Disarmament

The Astana Times
Aiman Turebekova
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has been awarded the title of special honorary citizen of Hiroshima Nazarbayev, who visited the city as part of his visit to Japan on Nov. 9, thanked the Hiroshima authorities and public for granting him this title and highlighted that it is a sign of solidarity between Kazakhstan and Japan in the anti-nuclear movement.

November 9, 2016

Japan brushes off Trump suggestion it might adopt nuclear weapons

Kiyoshi Takenaka
Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida defended Japan's rejection of nuclear weapons on Wednesday after the election to U.S. president of Donald Trump, who has suggested Tokyo might consider atomic armaments.

November 9, 2016

U.S. shouldn't accept anything short of N. Korea's denuclearization

J S Chang
The United States should not accept anything short of complete denuclearization of North Korea, a former nuclear negotiator said Tuesday, rejecting the U.S. intelligence chief's suggestion that capping the North's nuclear capabilities might be the best option.

November 8, 2016

UK nuclear report nails Pakistan?s lies, China?s complicity

Hindustan Times
Rezaul H Laskar
Pakistan?s continued use of front companies and other deceptive methods to obtain dual-use goods for its nuclear programme means it cannot ?expect to be welcomed? into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), a new report by experts at King?s College of London has said.

November 7, 2016

NATO Shores Up Hegemonial Power Through Nuke Deterrence

Xanthe Hall, IPPNW and ICAN Germany
For once, the United States, France and the United Kingdom are in agreement with Russia: plans to negotiate a nuclear weapons ban need to be stopped. Before the vote on October 27 in the UN First Committee, they pulled out all the stops to pressurise other states to vote against or abstain on a draft resolution co-sponsored by 57 states for a conference to be convened in 2017 to negotiate a nuclear ban.

November 6, 2016

Kudos for Kazakh Commitment to Peace and Nuke-Free World

J Nastranis
A close look at the voting on a ground-breaking resolution adopted by the Disarmament and International Security Committee of the United Nations General Assembly on October 27 underlines Kazakhstan's unflinching commitment to a nuclear-weapons free world. And a U.S. foreign policy expert has commended this.

November 6, 2016

U.S. support for Israel's nuclear ambitions will come at a price
Shemuel Meir
Israel is investing great efforts in declaring victory over Egypt on the nuclear issue. As if it were a kind of ritual, reports keep coming out lauding Israel?s victory in the diplomatic arena, and how it foiled the Egyptian demand made at the annual International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conference, which called for the Negev Nuclear Research Center in Dimona to be subject to an inspection regime.

November 3, 2016

Will boosting spending on nuclear weapons deter U.S. enemies?

Miami Herald
Tim Johnson
The United States ?can?t wait any longer? to update its aging nuclear arsenal to keep it from becoming antiquated, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday. Carter, speaking at a ceremony at the headquarters of the U.S. Strategic Command in Nebraska, called urgently for recapitalizing or replacing nuclear weapons delivered from land, air and sea ?so they don?t age into obsolescence.?

November 3, 2016

Canadian army interested in old nuke that may have been found off Haida Gwaii

The Vancouver Sun
John Mackie
Sean Smyrichinsky recently spent several hours diving for sea cucumbers off Pitt Island, near Haida Gwaii. He didn?t find any. But he decided to hop on his underwater scooter for one last look before calling it a day. Flying around underwater, he spotted something unusual on the ocean floor. ?I found this big thing underwater, huge, never seen anything like it before,? Smyrichinsky related from Cortes Island.

November 2, 2016

UN votes for global nuclear weapons ban negotiations in 2017

The Independent
Mike Payton
The United Nations General Assembly has voted to begin negotiations on a unilateral nuclear weapons ban next year. In its 71st session, the Assembly voted 123 in favour of negotiations with 38 countries voting against and 16 abstaining. The passed resolution proposes "to convene in 2017 a United Nations conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination".

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