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December 31, 2012

U.S. nuclear special team sent to Japan right after 3.11

Yahoo News
By Masakatsu Ota
The United States sent a special nuclear response team trained to handle nuclear accidents and terrorism to Japan right after the outbreak of the March 2011 nuclear disaster, but Japan was slow to make use of radiation data from the unit, according to U.S. and Japanese government sources.

December 30, 2012

Silent sub: Russian noiseless Borei class nuclear submarine immersed
Super-modern, powerful and almost noiseless Russian nuclear submarine Vladimir Monomakh has been put in water to become the third ship of the Borei project. The cruiser is about to begin sea trials and mooring to become fully operational in 2013.

December 29, 2012

Pakistan military plans more nuclear tests in Balochistan

By: Ahmar Mustikhan
Pakistan military is planning another round of nuclear tests in Balochistan, well-informed official sources told this correspondent from Balochistan capital Quetta. "A road has been developed in the mountains about 30 kilometers from previous site road at Chehater towards Quetta and daily the army soldiers camouflaged as civilians transport between Quetta and the site near Kuchaki," the senior official said on condition of strict anonymity.

December 28, 2012

Honorary doctorate for atomic bomb survivor

The Star online
Atomic bomb survivor Datuk Abdul Razak Abdul Hamid will be bestowed an honorary doctorate by his alma mater for his contribution in promoting ties between Japan and Malaysia.

December 28, 2012

No consensus on CBMs, India to urge Pakistan to join FMCT talks

The Hindu
By Sandeep Dikshit
With India-Pakistan talks on conventional confidence building measures (CBMs) failing to break new ground, New Delhi hopes that Islamabad will favourably consider its request to make progress on nuclear CBMs when the two sides discuss this aspect.

December 28, 2012

Preparations for a Possible Third Nuclear Test Continue; Complications from Water Buildup?

By Jack Liu, Nick Hansen and Jeffrey Lewis.
With North Korea?s long-range rocket test earlier this month and an expected U.S. effort to seek a tough response at the United Nations, concerns have grown that Pyongyang might conduct its third nuclear test. Satellite photos as recent as December 13 show that Pyongyang is determined to maintain a state of readiness at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site where a third test is expected even in the dead of winter.

December 28, 2012

AP Exclusive: Photos show NKorea nuclear readiness

Yahoo News
By Foster Klug and Matthew Pennington | Associated Press
North Korea has repaired flood damage at its nuclear test facility and could conduct a quick atomic explosion if it chose, though water streaming out of a test tunnel may cause problems, analysis of recent satellite photos indicates.

December 27, 2012

United Nations Conference on Disarmament Issues

The annual United Nations Conference, which has been held in Japan since 1989, is recognized as an important forum for frank dialogue and an exchange of views on pressing security and disarmament-related issues facing the international community. It also addresses particular regional disarmament and non-proliferation concerns, including those in the Asia-Pacific region.

December 27, 2012

The UNGA' First Committee - Disarmament and International Security Issues

UN News Centre
Established in 1945, at the end stages of World War II, the United Nations General Assembly serves as the world body's principal policy-making and deliberative organ, providing a forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the UN Charter.

December 27, 2012

LANL assesses nukes
The Annual Assessment process of the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Stockpile is the authoritative method for the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy?s National Nuclear Security Administration to evaluate the safety, reliability, performance and military effectiveness of the nuclear weapons stockpile, and it is a principal factor in the country?s ability to maintain a credible nuclear deterrent without nuclear explosive testing.

December 24, 2012

Living dangerously in a second nuclear age

Constitution Daily
By Paul Bracken
Many academic conferences and government panels have been convened this year to recall the 50th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. This was the most dangerous crisis of the Cold War, and it?s surely worth studying for this reason.

December 24, 2012

92 Countries, 6623 Works of Art, 1 Message of Peace

We wish to send our sincere thanks to all the children and teens, their teachers and parents, who made this contest such a wonderful success. The art work you shared "Imagining a World free of Nuclear Weapons" is truly inspiring.

December 23, 2012

India signing nuclear test ban treaty to kick-start talks with Japan?

The Times of India
By Sachin Parashar
It may not be necessary for India to sign Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) for resumption of talks with Japan for peaceful use of nuclear energy but it will certainly help if any such bilateral agreement can weave in New Delhi's commitment to ban on nuclear test. Top diplomatic sources here told TOI that merely a generic voluntary moratorium on carrying out nuclear tests, which India keeps reiterating, will not be of much help.

December 23, 2012

Sudan Calls on International Community to Halt Nuclear Testing

Sudan Vision
By Hana Abdul Hai
Sudan calls on the International Community to stop nuclear testing conducted to further develop weapons of mass destruction, stressing the need to direct resources towards expansion in the field of peaceful use of atomic energy.

December 21, 2012

Nuclear Policy Challenges Await Kerry as Top Diplomat

Global Security Newswire
By Chris Schneidmiller
Senator John Kerry will not lack for diplomatic challenges upon taking office as U.S. secretary of State, as anticipated, early next year. President Obama on Friday announced his intention to formally nominate the Massachusetts Democrat, and Kerry was not expected to face serious opposition from his Senate colleagues.

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