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August 18, 2016

Why Israel won't admit success of nuke agreement

Al-Monitor
Akiva Eldar
One may say that Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman is crass, radical and cynical, but one absolutely cannot accuse him of stupidity, naivete or negligence. The announcement condemning the president of the United States that Liberman demanded his ministry's spokesman (and not, as is customary, his own media adviser) issue on Aug. 5 was no slip of the tongue.

August 18, 2016

Before Trump, Americans hadn't worried this much about nuclear weapons since the Cold War

Los Angeles Times
Evan Halper
Gov. Jerry Brown, who has seen much to worry about in his five decades in public office, said recently that he had a particularly heavy concern: the nation?s obliviousness to how close it is to nuclear catastrophe. ?There is virtually no conversation about this, and it is damned dangerous,? Brown said to journalists and politicians in Philadelphia last month, after steering the conversation to the threat of nuclear warheads exploding. ?We really ought to wake up.?

August 18, 2016

United States? first ?smart? nuclear bomb signals new arms race with China and Russia: analysts

South China Morning Post
Minnie Chan
Washington?s green light for a new generation of steerable and smart tactical nuclear weapons may signal the start of a new US nuclear arms race with China and Russia, military analysts say. Russia and China are believed to have been developing similar weapons for decades, but Chinese experts are apparently keen to learn the lessons of the former Soviet Union?s failed attempt to keep up with the United States in the cold war.

August 18, 2016

US: North Korea shrinks warning time for nuclear attack on America

CNN.com
Barbara Starr
The US government is increasingly concerned that advances in North Korea's weapons program have dramatically decreased the warning time for a nuclear attack on America or its allies, according to US officials.

August 17, 2016

US: N. Korean Plutonium Reprocessing Violates UN Resolutions

Voice of America
Steve Herman
The United States expressed fresh concern about North Korea after Pyongyang indicated renewed nuclear activity that would allow it to churn out at least enough plutonium for one bomb annually. The announcement, made by North Korea?s Atomic Energy Institute, in a written response to Japan?s Kyodo News agency, confirms what the intelligence community, academics and analysts have been asserting for months: Pyongyang has made good on its vow to resume activities at the Yongbyon nuclear complex.

August 17, 2016

People's Tribunal on Nuclear Weapons Convicts Leaders

TOWARD A NUCLEAR FREE WORLD
An International Peoples? Tribunal on Nuclear Weapons and the Destruction of Human Civilisation held in Sydney handed down its judgement on August 16 affirming the illegality of any use or threat to use nuclear weapons and convicting the leaders of the nine nuclear-armed States of war crimes, crimes against humanity, crimes against peace and crimes of threatening, planning and preparing acts which would constitute genocide, ecocide and omnicide (the destruction of humanity as a species).

August 17, 2016

Japan, S. Korea, U.S. gang up on N. Korea over its weapons tests

The Asahi Shimbun
Yoshihiro Makino
South Korea, Japan and the United States are making good on their threat to try to further isolate North Korea from the international community as punishment for its nuclear and missile tests. The three countries singled out Singapore, Kuwait, Angola and Malta, which all have close ties to North Korea, to cooperate and impose new sanctions to undermine Pyongyang?s ability to earn foreign currency, sources said.

August 17, 2016

Japanese student addresses U.N. Conference on Disarmament, emphasizes inhumanity of nuclear weapons

The Irish Times
JIJI
A Japanese high school student addressed the U.N. Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Tuesday, stressing the need to pay attention to the inhumanity of nuclear weapons ?I wish to take this opportunity to ask all of you to listen to the voices of hibakusha and, once again, to pay attention to the inhumanity of nuclear weapons,? Nanako Nagaishi, a third-grade student from Nagasaki, said of the victims of the atomic bombings in Japan.

August 15, 2016

Russia Building New Underground Nuclear Command Posts

The Washington Free Beacon
Bill Gertz
Russia is building large numbers of underground nuclear command bunkers in the latest sign Moscow is moving ahead with a major strategic forces modernization program. U.S. intelligence officials said construction has been underway for several years on ?dozens? of underground bunkers in Moscow and around the country.

August 15, 2016

US nukes at Turkey base at risk of seizure: report

Yahoo News
Thomas Watkins AFP
Dozens of US nuclear weapons stored at a Turkish air base near Syria are at risk of being captured by "terrorists or other hostile forces," a Washington think tank claimed Monday. Critics have long been alarmed by America's estimated stockpile of about 50 nuclear bombs at Incirlik in southern Turkey, just 70 miles (110 kilometers) from the border with war-torn Syria.

August 14, 2016

Castro urges West not to subject Russia & China ?to threats of deploying nuclear weapons?

RT.com
Russia and China should not be ?subjected to threats of deploying nuclear weapons,? former Cuban President Fidel Castro said in a letter published on his 90th birthday, urging for peace. The iconic socialist leader stressed that no world power has the right to kill millions of people.

August 14, 2016

N. Korea threatens ?merciless & annihilating? nuclear strike if US attempts invasion

Russia Today
Pyongyang has accused Washington of preparing an invasion and threatened to retaliate with a ?merciless and annihilating? nuclear strike on US forces if there is any sign of a military provocation. The latest menacing warning from North Korea comes just days after the US said it had deployed nuclear-capable strategic bombers on the island of Guam, a move perceived in Pyongyang as a precursor to imminent armed aggression.

August 14, 2016

India banks on adherence, non-proliferation records in renewed bid for NSG

The Times of India
Indrani Bagchi
India has restarted its diplomatic initiative on NSG. On Saturday, the Chinese foreign minister was given a detailed explanation. Last week, India presented suggestions on participation by non-NPT countries in the NSG to discussions by special envoy, Rafael Mariano Grossi before the next plenary.

August 14, 2016

India re-engages China on NSG entry

The Hindu
Kallol Bhattacherjee
India on Saturday offered a new ?mechanism? of talks to China on the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) issue. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also expressed concern to the visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi about the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and sought an end to China?s opposition to blacklisting Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Hafiz Saeed.

August 13, 2016

Time to stop worrying and learn to love China's nuclear investment

The Independent
Ben Chu
Beijing also genuinely wants to move up the value chain by developing a niche in nuclear engineering for export. China?s fear of falling into the middle income trap (where states tend to grow very fast and reach a certain level of prosperity before stagnating) is palpable

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