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August 7, 2014

North Korea 'Making Weapons-Grade Plutonium'

International Business Times
Hannah Osborne
Satellite images suggest North Korea is making plutonium for nuclear weapons, an international security think tank has claimed. The US-based Institute for Science and International Security said images taken on 30 June show North Korea's five-megawatt-electric (MWe) reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear site continues to be active and that it appears construction and installation work is taking place at the light-water reactor (LWR).

August 7, 2014

N. Korea weighing options including nuclear test

Global Post
Yonhap News Agency
North Korea is considering another nuclear test to counter a series of South Korea-U.S. military drills, according to Pyongyang's official news agency,

August 7, 2014

Atom Bomb Anniversary Spotlights Persistent Nuclear Threat

TOWARD A NUCLEAR FREE WORLD | IPS
Suvendrini Kakuchi
It has been 69 years, but the memory is fresh in the minds of 190,000 survivors and their descendants. It has been 69 years but a formal apology has yet to be issued. It has been 69 years – and the likelihood of it happening all over again is still a frightening reality.

August 6, 2014

The Paradox of India’s ‘Credible Minimum Deterrence’

The Diplomat
Amit R. Saksena
Since its initiation by the Prime Minister’s Office in 2003, India’s nuclear doctrine, for all official purposes, has revolved around the doctrine of credible minimum deterrence (CMD). However, the recent developmental strides in missile technology made by the Defense Research and Development Organization (including the Agni V, BrahMos and Dhanush missiles) raises a question: Just how much is a “credible minimum?”

August 6, 2014

Ban Wants Tragic past of Hiroshima atomic bombing to inspire future free of nuclear weapons

UN News Centre
Remembering all those who died in the bombing of Hiroshima and, later, Nagasaki, some 69 years ago, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the atrocious memories of that tragedy must inspire new generations to work towards a world free of nuclear weapons.

August 6, 2014

Revisiting the CTBT

The News
Rizwan Asghar
A global ban on nuclear explosions has remained one of the longest standing items on the international non-proliferation agenda. Arms control advocates have consistently pushed for the adoption of a treaty banning all nuclear explosions but no binding framework could be put in place. To date, more than 2,000 nuclear tests have been carried out at 60 different locations around the globe.

August 6, 2014

Remembering Hiroshima: Nuclear disarmament is a humanitarian imperative

ICRC
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement’s involvement in the nuclear debate dates back to the moment the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. On 6 August, 1945, at 8.15am, there was a flash of light over the city and in an instant, tens of thousands of people were dead, hospitals and health centres were incinerated and the city was left in ruins.

August 6, 2014

Australia urged to press China on new missiles, nuclear disarmament

abc news
Karon Snowdon
A nuclear weapons expert has urged Australia to "look carefully" at the issue of disarmament and press China on its development of new missiles.China has confirmed the existence of a new intercontinental ballistic missile said to be capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads as far as the United States.

August 2, 2014

U.S.-Russia Nuclear Deal Stalls as Tensions Over Ukraine Rise

The New York Times
David E. Sanger and William J. Broad
The growing confrontation between Washington and Moscow over Ukraine has derailed a recent accord that promised one of the most expansive collaborations ever between the countries’ nuclear scientists, including reciprocal visits to atomic sites to work on projects ranging from energy to planetary defense.

August 2, 2014

‘Lies, hypocrisy, propaganda’: Russia slams US over claims of nuclear treaty violations

RT.com
Moscow has upped the ante in its growing confrontation with Washington after releasing an incendiary statement, accusing the US of spinning and distorting facts to allege that Russia is testing a new cruise missile, banned by a landmark Cold War treaty.

August 1, 2014

North Korea’s Antipathy for the U.S. Is Seen at a New High

The New York Times
Rick Gladstone
North Korea’s reclusive government signaled new anger toward the United States on Friday, equating it to a “mentally retarded patient” over an annual military exercise with South Korea, and offering hints that two American tourists arrested in North Korea four months ago would soon be put on trial and face long imprisonments.

August 1, 2014

China confirms new generation nuclear-capable ICBM that can target US

The Sydney Morning Herald
Agence France-Presse
China has acknowledged the existence of a new intercontinental ballistic missile said to be capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads as far as the United States, state-run media reports.

August 1, 2014

NUKE JUDGEMENT: Former ICJ president reveals 'nightmare' in 1996 landmark opinion on nuclear weapons

The Asahi Shimbun
Fumihiko Yoshida
A major turning point in the international movement to ban nuclear weapons because of their inhumane nature occurred in 1996, and it came down to the vote of one man, Mohammed Bedjaoui.

July 31, 2014

The Specter of North Korean ICBMs

The Diplomat
Clint Richards
Despite North Korea’s increasing isolation from its only strategic ally and benefactor, China, it has remained resolute in its antagonistic stance against the U.S. in recent weeks, especially as South Korea and the U.S. conduct regular military drills in the region. North Korea has responded by increasing its tempo of missile launches, and on Wednesday it was revealed that Pyongyang could be preparing for a full intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test.

July 31, 2014

Russia rebuffs NATO over nuclear missile treaty

RT.com
The Russian Foreign Ministry has sharply criticized NATO’s Secretary General for intervening in the row over the INF nuclear missile treaty, pointing out that NATO was not a signatory, but that the alliance’s member states could always join.

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