The United States on Thursday said it wants a clear sign North Korea will take concrete steps towards giving up its nuclear weapons programmes as they prepare for the next round of talks on the issue.
Reuters 16th Nov 2006
Pakistan has successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable missile with a range of 1,300km (800 miles), the military says.
BBC 16th Nov 2006
Ségolène Royal yesterday took on another French taboo by suggesting that the country was too reliant on nuclear power, which provides almost 80 per cent of its electricity. She also attacked the decision to build the European Pressurised Water reactor, a new generation nuclear power station. “I deplore that the decision to build the EPR was taken hastily and without any preliminary debate,” she said in a letter to the French anti-nuclear group Sortir du Nucleaire. Her criticism of nuclear power and the EPR will be seen by her opponents as an attack on French innovation.
FT 16th Nov 2006
Iran last night dismissed a UN report that inspectors found new traces of enriched uranium and plutonium at a nuclear waste facility, saying it had already explained the discovery. Iran’s hard-line President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, meanwhile, insisted the West would eventually accept its nuclear programme.
Herald 16th Nov 2006
Divisions between The West and Russia have stalled a resolution at the UN on imposing sanctions.
Sky News 16th Nov 2006
A NEW generation of nuclear power stations will be built with enough capacity to generate at least as much electricity as Britain’s nuclear industry does today, Tony Blair told MPs. Mr Blair’s pledge, his firmest yet on the Government’s plans for nuclear power, came in the Commons yesterday as he poured scorn on David Cameron for not saying what his own nuclear policy was. During the Queen’s Speech debate in the Commons, Mr Blair told the Tory leader that government energy policy was dictated not just by the need to tackle climate change but by reducing risks from future reliance on imported gas as North Sea oil runs out.
Times 16th Nov 2006
Telegraph 16th Nov 2006
British intelligence officials believe that al-Qaida is determined to attack the UK with a nuclear weapon, it emerged this week. The announcement, from an officially organised Foreign Office counter-terrorism briefing for the media, was the latest in a series of bleak assessments by senior officials and ministers about the terrorist threat facing Britain.
Guardian Weekly 15th Nov 2006
The Baptist Union of Great Britain Council (BUGB) has passed a resolution opposing the replacement of Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons system, and called upon the British government to take a lead in disarmament negotiations.
Christian Today 15th Nov 2006
Redundancies among top staff at British Nuclear Group – including the chief executive Lawrie Haynes – have raised fears about a brain drain that could hit safety. The departures, resulting from the government’s plan to break up the state-owned group and sell to the private sector, promise to trigger huge payoffs for some.
Guardian 14th Nov 2006
Freedom of Information
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has apologised for behaviour that was “neither reasonable nor acceptable” in dealing with a request under freedom of information legislation. Jane Lewis, a senior official in the MoD’s information directorate, has admitted to long delays and a series of “handling errors” when responding to a request for information on safety incidents at the nuclear weapons base on the Clyde near Glasgow.
Rob Edwards.com 14th November 2006