Nuclear Abolition News and Analysis

High-Alert Nukes As If the Cold War Didn't End

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BERLIN (IDN) - A new report by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) has come to a worrisome conclusion that the United States and Russia continue to maintain large numbers of nuclear forces on high levels of alert, ready to launch within minutes, as if the Cold War – which is believed to have ended more than two decades ago – was going on unabated.

Together with France and Britain, the four countries deploy approximately 2000 warheads ready for use on short notice – more nuclear warheads than held by all the other states in possession of nuclear weapons combined, finds the report titled Reducing Alert Rates of Nuclear Weapons, co-authored by Hans M. Kristensen, Director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) and Matthew McKinzie from the Natural Resources of Defense Council. [P]  GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF


North Korea Defies World Body with Third Nuke Test

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UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - North Korea, which conducted its third nuclear test on February 11, is following closely in the heavy footsteps of Israel as one of the world’s most intransigent nations, ignoring Security Council resolutions and defying the international community. [P] ITALIAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | SWEDISH


Aiming at Global Disarmament by 2030

Nuclear Abolition News | IDN


BERLIN (IDN) - An eminent Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda is calling for an "expanded nuclear summit" in 2015 to solidify momentum toward a world free from nuclear weapons and become the launching point for a larger effort for global disarmament aiming toward the year 2030.

With this in view, he hopes that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and forward-looking governments will establish an action group to initiate before year's end the process of drafting a Nuclear Weapons Convention (NWC) outlawing nuclear weapons, which are not only inhumane but also swallow some $105 billion year after year. [P] ARABIC | HINDI | ITALIANJAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN | PERSIAN | SPANISH | SWEDISH


Preparing to Fight Off Doomsday

ISTANBUL (IPS) - The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has adopted a new strategy to involve citizens and politicians more actively to push for a global ban on nuclear weapons.

The strategy was emphasised at an ICAN conference in Istanbul on January 26. [P] ARABIC | GERMAN | ITALIAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | PORTUGUESE | SPANISH | SWEDISH


Sanctions Do Not Lead To Nuke Abolition in Asia

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SINGAPORE (IDN) - North Korea’s response to the United Nations Security Council's expanded sanctions on January 22 by threatening to resume nuclear tests and failure last November of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to persuade the five recalcitrant nuclear powers to sign the Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone Treaty (SEANWFZ) have focused attention on the atomic threat facing the Asian region that is fast emerging as the centre of the global economy. [P] HINDI | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN | PERSIAN | SPANISH |TURKISH | URDU


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