Nuclear Abolition News . Analysis . Features - ARCHIVE 2009-2013

I CAN Get Rid Of Nuclear Weapons!

Nuclear Abolition News | IDN

By XANTHE HALL*

BERLIN (IDN) - The latest acronym in the disarmament community is CHC. It stands for Catastrophic Humanitarian Consequences and is the message that the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapons (ICAN) is trying to get across, both to the general public and to governments. So far, so successfully.

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Most Inhumane of Weapons

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Viewpoint by DAISAKU IKEDA

In this column, Daisaku Ikeda -- a Japanese Buddhist philosopher, peacebuilder and president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) – presents three proposals for warding off a possible nuclear catastrophe: making disarmament a priority of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); initiating a negotiation process for a Nuclear Weapons Convention; and holding an expanded summit toward a nuclear-weapon-free world.

TOKYO (IPS) - I believe that most of the world’s citizens would agree that nuclear weapons should be considered inhumane. It is encouraging to see that there is now a growing, if still nascent, movement to outlaw nuclear weapons based on this premise. [P] ARABICJAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | ITALIAN | SPANISH

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Saudi Arabia Seen Unlikely to Seek Nukes If Iran Gets One

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By JIM LOBE

WASHINGTON (IPS) - Challenging what has become conventional wisdom here, a new report released here Feb. 19 by an influential think tank argues that Iran’s neighbours – Saudi Arabia in particular – are unlikely to pursue nuclear weapons if Iran obtains one.

The 49-page report, “Atomic Kingdom: If Iran Builds the Bomb, Will Saudi Arabia Be Next?”, notes that Riyadh would indeed be “highly motivated to acquire some form of nuclear deterrent to counter an Iranian bomb”. [P] ARABIC | GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | SWEDISH

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U.S. Abandoning Commitment to Nuke-free World?

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By LAWRENCE WITTNER*

ALBANY (IDN) - In a major address in Prague on April 5, 2009, the newly-elected U.S. President, Barack Obama, proclaimed “clearly and with conviction America’s commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.”

On January 24, 2013, however, Senator John Kerry, speaking at Senate confirmation hearings on his nomination to become U.S. secretary of state, declared that a nuclear weapons-free world was no more than “an aspiration,” adding that “we’ll be lucky if we get there in however many centuries.” Has there been a change in Obama administration policy over the past four years? There are certainly indications that this might be the case.

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World’s Nuclear Environment Remains Politically Toxic

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By THALIF DEEN

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - The world’s nuclear environment has increasingly turned politically toxic, replete with threats, accusations and open defiance of Security Council resolutions.

A long outstanding international conference on a nuclear weapons-free Middle East, to be hosted by Finland, is still far from reality. So is a proposed Nuclear Weapons Convention (NWC) aimed at eliminating weapons of mass destruction (WMD). [P] ARABIC | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | PORTUGUESE | SPANISH

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