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May 10, 2016

UN poster contest paints picture of hope for a nuclear-free world

UN News Centre
The winning artists in an international competition to commemorate the very first United Nations General Assembly resolution, which established the goal of eliminating nuclear weapons and all weapons of mass destruction, are advocating for a world free of nuclear weapons. The first and last time these weapons were used was decades before the artists were born.

May 10, 2016

What Obama Really Needs to Say in Hiroshima

Foreign Policy
Tom Z. Collina
President Barack Obama will soon become the first sitting U.S. president to go to Hiroshima, the White House announced on Tuesday. Obama will go on May 27, just after the G-7 summit, to visit the historic city where the United States dropped the first atomic bomb on Aug. 6, 1945. Three days later, the United States dropped a second bomb on Nagasaki. All told, more than 200,000 people perished, mostly civilians.

May 9, 2016

Russian WW2 Victory Day parade showcases new weapons

Russian armed forces have paraded in central Moscow to mark the 71st anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two. Some of Russia's latest military hardware was on show, including the RS-24 Yars long-range nuclear missile.

May 9, 2016

Iran disputes report of missile test

USA Today
John Bacon
Iran's defense minister on Monday denied at least parts of a report in the Iranian media that the military recently test-fired a ballistic missile with pinpoint accuracy at a range of 1,250 miles ? a range that would include Israel and several other Middle East nations.

May 9, 2016

When a brush is mightier than arms

The Hindu
Subha Rao
It?s not often that U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hands over a certificate to you or, actor Michael Douglas shares your work on Facebook. That?s what happened with Anjali Chandrashekar, 22, who won the third prize at the United Nations Poster for Peace Contest. She received the award at the U.N. Headquarters in New York on May 3.

May 6, 2016

Obama official says he pushed a ?narrative? to media to sell the Iran nuclear deal

The Washington Post
Paul Farhi
One of President Obama?s top national security advisers led journalists to believe a misleading timeline of U.S. negotiations with Iran over a nuclear agreement and relied on inexperienced reporters to create an ?echo chamber? that helped sway public opinion to seal the deal, according to a lengthy magazine profile.

May 5, 2016

Iran?s President Rouhani Publicly Opposes North Korean Nuclear Program

Brisbane Times
Adelle Nazarian
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani publicly opposed North Korea?s nuclear program this week during a historic three-day summit between him and South Korea?s President Park Geun-hye in Tehran, Iran.

May 5, 2016

Campaign for a Nuclear Weapons Free World Intensifies

Ravi Kanth Devarakonda
As the global community grapples with the increasing threat of nuclear weapons falling into the hands of terrorists, the nuclear weapon states ? the United States, Russia, China, France, and Britain, Israel, India, Pakistan, and now North Korea among others ? have turned a deaf ear to the ongoing multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations in Geneva for preparing recommendations to ensure a world without the dreadful nuclear warheads.

May 4, 2016

South Korea, Iran Seek Cooperation on Nuclear Security

Huang Yue Web Editor
South Korean President Park Geun-hye said her landmark visit to Iran was an opportunity to secure a room for cooperation with the Persian country in denuclearizing the Korean peninsula, local media reported on Wednesday.

May 4, 2016

Nuclear battles in South Asia

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Pervez Hoodbhoy, Zia Mian
The armies of Pakistan and India are practicing for nuclear war on the battlefield: Pakistan is rehearsing the use of nuclear weapons, while India trains to fight on despite such use and subsequently escalate. What were once mere ideas and scenarios dreamed up by hawkish military planners and nuclear strategists have become starkly visible capabilities and commitments. When the time comes, policy makers and people on both sides will expect?and perhaps demand?that the Bomb be used.

May 3, 2016

Russia delays U.N. council condemnation of North Korea missile tests

Michelle Nichols
A United Nations Security Council condemnation of North Korea's latest missile tests has been delayed by Russian amendments to a statement that had been agreed by the remaining 14 members, including Pyongyang?s ally China, diplomats said on Tuesday.

May 3, 2016

US accuses Russia of nuclear sabre-rattling, amid Nato tensions

US Defence Secretary Ash Carter has accused Russia of "nuclear sabre-rattling" and of being intent on eroding international order.

May 3, 2016

Iran voices opposition to N. Korea's nuclear program

Kim Kwang-tae
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has sent a clear message to North Korea over its nuclear weapons program: Tehran is against nuclear weapons. ?We are, in principle, opposed to any nuclear development," Rouhani said Monday in a joint news conference with South Korean President Park Geun-hye after their summit in Tehran. ?Our basic position is that nuclear weapons should be removed from the Korean Peninsula."

May 2, 2016

North Korea Seventh Congress: Pyongyang Likely To Conduct Fifth Nuclear Test Around Party Meeting

International Business Times
Vishakha Sonawane
North Korea will likely conduct its fifth nuclear test around the key meeting of its ruling Workers? Party later this week, South Korean defense ministry said Monday. Seoul warned last month of its neighbor?s ambitions to carry out the fifth test and an underground nuclear warhead test.

May 2, 2016

Iran urges nuclear weapon-free Korean peninsula

The Times of Israel
The Associated Press
Iran?s President Hassan Rouhani on Monday pushed for a Korean peninsula free of nuclear weapons, the official IRNA news agency reported.

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