North Korea’s nuclear weapons test at Hwaderi near the Chinese border is a serious threat to international security and the credibility of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). As well as representing a “preventable” failure of President Bush’s foreign policy, the nuclear test can also be attributed to a double failure of the international community to strengthen the NPT in 2005: at a review conference in May and world summit in September. At the time, Kofi Annan said that the world seems to be “sleepwalking” down a path in which more and more states feel obliged to obtain nuclear weapons.
Guardian 12th Oct 2006
MILITARY intervention in North Korea would be a disaster, says Professor John Baylis, an expert in politics and international relations at Swansea University.
Western Mail 13th Oct 2006
You cannot blame America for everything. It just might be, as the BBC often seems to believe, that had George W. Bush and Tony Blair not invaded Iraq all would be different. Repressive regimes everywhere would have recast themselves into cuddly, peace-loving democracies.
FT 13th Oct 2006
South Korea’s central bank said on Thursday the North’s nuclear test posed a new risk for the economy, warning that a tough inter-national reaction to it could exacerbate the slowdown in domestic demand.
FT 13th Oct 2006
North Korea today threatened “strong” retaliation against Japanese sanctions as UN security council members tried to work out a compromise deal on a response to Pyongyang’s nuclear test.
Guardian website 12th Oct 2006
For the people of Busan and the capital Seoul, the nuclear test is merely the latest in a series of stunts by North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Il, designed to prop up his regime, one that most Koreans consider bankrupt. This is not a real threat for them.
Independent 13th Oct 2006
145 Organizations Release US “Sustainable Energy Blueprint” To Phase Out Nuclear Power, End Energy Imports, And Slash Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
Nuclear Information & Resource Service 10th Oct 2006
The power industry has called on the government to set out its blueprint for Britain’s energy future – or risk
jeopardising the investment the country needs to keep the lights on over the next decade. The demand for clarity follows the disclosure that the white paper that will determine Britain’s energy mix, expected before Christmas, has been pushed back to March next year. Insiders say the delay is due to the number of consultations – more than 10 – and policy reviews on issues ranging from nuclear power to energy efficiency, which Whitehall officials are having to juggle.
FT 12th October 2006
SCOTTISH Nationalists yesterday condemned the nuclear industry and set themselves firmly against new nuclear power plants, while accepting a £50,000 pledge from a supporter with major interests in uranium mining. Ian Watson, a Glaswegian whose career has been in finance, mining and telecoms, has agreed to make the money available until Saturday, in a bid to push election finances towards the £450,000 mark.
Herald 12th October 2006
ANTI-NUCLEAR campaigners have demanded the permanent closure of Hinkley B power station after cracks in boiler tubes were found in one of the plant’s reactors.
Somerset County Gazette 12th Oct 2006
PLANS have been lodged for the £18.5 million Nuclear Skills Academy at Lillyhall. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has submitted an application to Allerdale council for the centre, next to Lakes College West Cumbria. It will work with schools and provide NVQs, apprenticeships and foundation degrees. It will have space for about 250 students and it is hoped work will start in the new year.
West Cumberland Times and Star 13th Oct 2006
Boris Johnson angered senior Tory colleagues by suggesting Iran’s hardline Islamic regime should be helped to develop a nuclear bomb. The increasingly gaffe-prone Tory frontbencher said the West should offer assistance to Tehran’s nuclear programme in exchange for a commitment to embrace democracy and an end to threats against Israel.
Daily Mail 13th Oct 2006
Representatives of the Trade Unions Amicus, Prospect, T&G and GMB are meeting the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry Alistair Darling this afternoon as a row looms over the sale of contracts to operate British Nuclear Group’s Magnox nuclear power stations.
Interactive Investor 12th Oct 2006
One of the many deceptions, and possibly self-deceptions, underpinning the decision to go to war in Iraq was the assertion that it would instil fear in miscreant leaders. It now seems clear that both Iran and North Korea concluded that only by hastily increasing their nuclear capability would they stand a chance of deterring a conventional, asymmetrical military attack by the US. In other words, the White House created a powerful incentive for the proliferation of nuclear weapons. According to Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, there are roughly three dozen countries “with civil nuclear power, who have the technologies and understanding to develop nuclear weapons in a short period of time”.
New Statesman 16th October 2006
A GARDENER heading to Scotland to take part in a huge anti-nuclear blockade has said he is prepared to be hauled off in handcuffs by police. Phil McNichol is joining a party of Quakers from East Berks travelling to Faslane submarine base, 25 miles west of Glasgow,to take part in a non-violent protest against the renewal of Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons system.
Maidenhead Advertiser 12th Oct 2006
Security of Supply
Europe’s security of electricity supply is facing a growing threat, with generating capacity ahead of rising demand by the lowest ever level, according to a report published today.
Guardian 13th Oct 2006