Toward A Nuclear Free World Newsletter - November 2022 in Retrospect

Toward A Nuclear Free World Newsletter - November 2022 in Retrospect


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TOWARD a Nuclear Free World Newsletter - November 2022 in Retrospect 


A Nuclear-Weapons-Free Zone in Middle East Remains a Fantasy

Image: Visual illustration of the nuclear-weapon-free-zones. Source: United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS (IDN) — A longstanding proposal for a nuclear-weapons-free-zone (NWFZ) in the politically and militarily volatile Middle East has been kicked around the corridors—and committee rooms—of the UN since the 1960s.

A joint declaration by Egypt and Iran in 1974 resulted in a General Assembly resolution. But it never reached the stage of political reality.  [2022-11-23-20]  ARABIC | GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Ukraine War Should Prompt Us to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

Image source: Unfold Zero

Viewpoint by Jonathan Power

LUND, Sweden (IDN) — In the year 2000 President Vladimir Putin made his own contribution to solving the nuclear weapons imbroglio. Moscow, he said in a speech, was prepared to drastically reduce its stockpile of nuclear missiles. Putin's call was not just for further cuts than the U.S. suggested ceiling of 2,500 for each side but for reductions far below Moscow's previous target of 1,500. (At present Russia has around 6,000 warheads, and the U.S. has 5,400.) [2022-11-22]

Building Security in the Korean Peninsula

Photo: A Group of 'Women Cross Demilitarised Zone (DMZ)'

Pursue Fresh Diplomatic Approaches, Not Military-Nuclear Posturing

Viewpoint by Dr Rebecca Johnson

LONDON (IDN) — Nuclear fears have been increasing in North-East Asia in recent months. From early November, North Korea ratcheted up its usual sabre rattling with more direct threats, ‘tactical nuclear drills’, apparent preparations for more nuclear tests, and by firing around 25 different missiles towards South Korea and Japan. [2022-11-15-19] CHINESE | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Religious & Civil Society Call for An End to Crisis in Korean Peninsula

Photo: The Korean War Memorial in Pyongyang, North Korea, with the pyramidal Ryugyong Hotel in the background. C BY-SA 3.0

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS (IDN) — A coalition of over 700 religious and civil society organizations (CSOs) is making a collective appeal to end the crisis in the Korean peninsula and avoid "military action provoking war".

In a recently released statement, the coalition says: "We are here today in a great sense of crisis. The word 'war' feels closer than ever. Tensions are rising like never before as the military exercises of South Korea, the US, and North Korea continue for days." [2022-11-15-18]  JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | THAI | SPANISH

North Korea Abandons US and Aligns with China and Russia

Photo: A Twitter shared photo by Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force of Japanese Self Defense Forces holding the International Fleet Review 2022 with the participation of naval vessels and aircraft from 13 countries. Credit: Anadolu Agency.

Viewpoint by Jackie Cabasso

The writer is the Executive Director of the Western States Legal Foundation, based in Oakland, California.

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, USA (IDN) — If our attention wasn’t riveted on the midterm election results and Russia’s continuing nuclear threats in Ukraine, we would be rightly alarmed about rising nuclear tensions on the Korean Peninsula. It’s a very dangerous situation and one that presents extraordinary challenges. [2022-11-13]

No First Use of Nuclear Weapons Policies: A Path to Risk Reduction

Photo: Mr. Tomohiko Aishima, Executive Director of Peace and Global Issues, SGI. Credit: Soka Gakkai International

Viewpoint by Tomohiko Aishima

The writer is the Executive Director of Peace and Global Issues, Soka Gakkai International

TOKYO (IDN) — While the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference held this past summer failed to adopt a final document, the fact that the conference saw a repeated debate on reducing the risk of nuclear weapon use was a small but real, source of hope. Policies of No First Use (NFU) of nuclear weapons were referenced in early drafts of the final document for the first time in the conference’s history. [2022-11-11]

Avoiding Arms Racing and the Possibility of Nuclear Catastrophe

Photo: The P5 countries (France, China, United States, United Kingdom, Russia) met in Paris on December 2-3, 2021 to discuss their contributions to the 10th NPT Review Conference. Credit: Permanent representation of France to the Conference on Disarmament.

Viewpoint by Daryl G. Kimball

The writer is the Executive Director of the Arms Control Association (ACA). The following text was published in the organization’s monthly journal, Arms Control Today.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (IDN) — Over the long, dangerous course of the nuclear age, the easing of tensions and resolution of crises between the nuclear-armed states have relied not only on good luck and self-restraint but on effective, leader-to-leader dialogue.

For example, a key turning point in the 1962 Cuban missile crisis was the decision by President John F. Kennedy to listen to advisers recommending a diplomatic course of action and back-channel talks. This allowed the two sides, as Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev described it, to “take measures to untie that knot” and thus avoid “the catastrophe of thermonuclear war.”  [2022-11-04]

Ukraine: The Russian Nuke Threat

Photo: The UN Security Council meets on the situation in Ukraine, 27 February 2022. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Viewpoint by Sergio Duarte

The writer is a former High Representative of the United Nations for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), and President of Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs.

NEW YORK (IDN) — The conflict between Russia and Ukraine, described by Moscow as a “special military operation”, entered its eighth month without an end in sight, and there is no sign of willingness among the parties involved to start serious negotiations that might lead to a cease-fire followed by arrangements for a durable peace.  [2022-11-02]


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