A group of Lake District artists have made an emotional plea for the country to ditch nuclear new build. The county-based eleven say they represent hundreds of artists who oppose new nuclear build, ‘deep geological disposal’ and burial in landfill of nuclear waste.
Get Noticed Online 12th Apr 2010 more >>
World leaders at a summit on nuclear security in Washington have heard dire warnings of the danger of nuclear material falling into the wrong hands.
BBC 13th Apr 2010 more >>
Al-Qaeda is trying to secure material for nuclear weapons and would have “no compunction in using them”, President Barack Obama warned, as he welcomed leaders for the largest gathering in the US since the Second World War.
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A dispute over the recycling of nuclear fuel by reactor suppliers such as France’s Areva SA surfaced in Washington yesterday, as U.S. officials sought to skirt the issue at a summit elsewhere in town. Former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans and former U.S. ambassador-at-large Robert Gallucci called for an end to the fuel-recycling practice at a conference of experts being held in parallel with President Barack Obama’s Nuclear Security Summit. The summit focuses on keeping separated plutonium and highly enriched uranium out of the hands of terrorists, and Evans and Gallucci said that recycling creates stockpiles of dangerous materials ripe for theft. The practice is drawing attention as more countries look at nuclear power for their energy needs.
Bloomberg 13th Apr 2010 more >>
A former investigator with the CIA and the US department of energy, Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, says there are three headlines that keep him awake at night: Pakistani ‘loose nukes’ in the hands of terrorists; North Korea supplies terrorists with nuclear bombs; Al-Qaeda launches nuclear attack. The good news is that he thinks “the odds are stacked against” terrorists acquiring a nuclear bomb. But the low probability, he argues, has to be weighed against the awfulness of the consequences. (includes map of worldwide distribution of HEU).
BBC 12th Apr 2010 more >>
LABOUR has backed down over plans to cut the number of nuclear missile-carrying submarines that are refitted in Plymouth. Prime Minister Gordon Brown offered last year to cut the number of Trident-armed submarines from four to three as part of a multilateral “global bargain” to reduce the risk of nuclear weapons. But in a move seen as a bid to rally support at the ballot box, Defence Minister Quentin Davies has now pledged that Labour is committed to retaining four boats. The Ministry of Defence insists that a final decision has not been taken, but says it is ‘expected’ that four vessels would be needed to provide the current round the clock at sea deterrent.
Plymouth Herald 13th Apr 2010 more >>
If Britain had declared a few months ago a willingness to reduce its nuclear arsenal before anyone else, Britain would have been hailed as a real leader and earned gratitude from the US administration. Labour could just have let it slip they were thinking about including such a commitment in their manifesto. But they did not, even though such plans were proposed to No 10. In today’s world, using Britain’s inbuilt international advantages – the English language, a UN seat, a dynamic economy, a history of freedom-promotion, effective armed forces and a nuclear arsenal – are key to countering any pressure from rising powers like China. In this case, Britain and the Labour government missed out.
Spectator 12th Apr 2010 more >>
In terms of declaratory policy, what advocates of nuclear disarmament are really looking for from the nuclear powers are NOFUN declarations – no first use of nuclear weapons. Nick Witney from European Council of Foreign Relations explore.
eGov Monitor 12th Apr 2010 more >>
Ukraine on Monday pledged to get rid of stockpile of highly enriched uranium – enough to make several nuclear weapons – within two years, a good omen for President Barack Obama as he opened a nuclear security summit in Washington. The agreement between Mr Obama and Viktor Yanukovich, his Ukrainian counterpart, will see Ukraine starting to transfer its weapons-grade uranium to a secure location this year, part of the US president’s efforts to ensure that nuclear materials can not fall into the hands of terrorists.
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BBC Blog 12th Apr 2010 more >>
A report by Harvard University’s Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs, titled Securing the Bomb 2010, said Pakistan’s stockpile “faces a greater threat from Islamic extremists seeking nuclear weapons than any other nuclear stockpile on earth”. Experts said the danger was growing because of the arms race between Pakistan and India. The Institute for Science and International Security has reported that Pakistan’s second nuclear reactor, built to produce plutonium for weapons, shows signs of starting operations, and a third is under construction.
Guardian 13th Apr 2010 more >>
The main problem seems to involve the India-Pakistan situation, where a Bush-era agreement with India on peaceful nuclear power is apparently allowing that country to devote some older facilities that had been used for that purpose to making highly enriched uranium.
Guardian blog 12th Apr 2010 more >>
It is nonsense to assume that Israel can be given a free pass. Despite the efforts of apologists, Israel’s claim of exceptionalism doesn’t hold up to regional scrutiny. Israeli security will only come through a negotiated and just settlement with the Palestinians, the Syrians and the Lebanese.
Middle East Online 12th Apr 2010 more >>