Speculation is growing that North Korea may be planning a second nuclear test after scientists concluded that its first attempt on 9 October was more of a whimper than a bang. The evidence amassed by the world’s network of monitoring stations now suggests that the event near Píunggye in the north of the country was a plutonium fizzle rather than a full-blown nuclear explosion.
New Scientist 18th Oct 2006
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RobEdwards.com 18th Oct 2006
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promised US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to support efforts to prevent Iran from building an atom bomb, despite his country’s close trade ties with Tehran, an aide said.
Interactive Investor 19th Oct 2006
Donald Rumsfeld, US defence secretary, on Wednesday said it was “practically impossible” to prevent countries from proliferating nuclear weapons if they had that aim.
FT 19th Oct 2006
CONDOLEEZZA Rice, the US secretary of state said yesterday the United States was ready to use the “full range” of its military might to defend Japan following North Korea’s nuclear weapons test. The US is concerned that Japan, South Korea or perhaps Taiwan may want to develop their own nuclear weapons programmes to counter the threat from North Korea.
Scotsman 19th Oct 2006
Telegraph 19th Oct 2006
Reuters 18th Oct 2006
Anti-nuclear campaigners have called for the Westcountry’s only nuclear power station to be closed for good – after serious cracks were discovered in reactor pipes.
Western Morning News 18th Oct 2006
Prime Minister Tony Blair said he wants to replace the U.K.’s nuclear power reactors even after British Energy Group Plc shut two plants on safety concerns. “It’s important that we replace the existing nuclear power stations,” Blair told Parliament after being asked whether the government’s policy had changed. “Our policy remains exactly as it is.”
Bloomberg 18th Oct 2006
Iran warned the UN Security Council against imposing sanctions over its nuclear programme, saying such a move would “radicalise” the situation and affect its cooperation with the UN atomic agency.
Interactive Invetor 18th Oct 2006
BNFL Springfields has been sold in a multi-billion pound deal. More than 1,400 workers at the Salwick-based nuclear plant will work for new owners this week after Japanese giant Toshiba finally signed a £2.9bn deal to take over parent company Westinghouse.
Blackpool Today 18th Oct 2006
A THIRTEEN-year-old girl who was arrested after blocking the entrance to Faslane Naval Base has spoken of her pride at being involved in the action. Broughton High School pupil Catherine Holmes locked her arm to that of her 15-year-old friend Nikki Logan via a pipe hidden inside a teddy bear, in an attempt to obstruct business at the Trident nuclear submarine base.
Edinburgh Evening News 18th Oct 2006