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Nuclear Weapons – The Worlds Deadly Arsenal

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Summary of Nuclear Abolition Treaty Provisions

Nuclear Abolition NewsEssay | IDN

By FREDERICK N. MATTI* 

ANNAPOLIS, USA (IDN) - Nuclear weapons are the most devastating of instruments, with their quadruple means of dealing mass death and destruction: blast, heat, radiation, firestorm. Surely, the last thing even the nuclear-armed states want is a nuclear “exchange,” anywhere on earth. But those states in general have not fully considered the security advantages of worldwide abolition of nuclear weapons, and a likely reason is that they have not been presented “satisfactory” answers to fundamental issues for abolishing nuclear weapons.

Exploring the Path Towards a Nuclear-free World

Nuclear Abolition NewsViewpoint | IPS

By DAISAKU IKEDA*

TOKYO (IPS) - This past February, the Second Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons was held in Nayarit, Mexico, as a follow-up to the first such conference held last year in Oslo, Norway. The conclusion reached by this conference, on the basis of scientific research, was that “no State or international organisation has the capacity to address or provide the short and long term humanitarian assistance and protection needed in case of a nuclear weapon explosion.” JAPANESE TEXT VERSION | PDF

Non-Nuclear Ukraine Haunts Security Summit in The Hague

Nuclear Abolitiion News | IPS 

By THALIF DEEN

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - The two-day, much-ballyhooed Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in the Netherlands, which concluded on March 25, was politically haunted by the upheaval in Ukraine – the former Soviet republic that renounced some 1,800 of its nuclear weapons in one of the world’s most successful disarmament exercises back in 1994. [P]

Parliaments Want A Nuclear-Weapon-Free World

Nuclear Abolition News | IDN

By JAMSHED BARUAH

GENEVA (IDN) - More than 163 parliaments from around the world, constituting the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), have adopted a landmark resolution urging parliaments to “work with their governments on eliminating the role of nuclear weapons in security doctrines” and to “urge their governments to start negotiations on a nuclear weapons convention or package of agreements to achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world”.

Towards A Nuke-Free Sustainable Global Society

Nuclear Abolition News | IDN

By RAMESH JAURA

BERLIN (IDN) - Describing the disorientation and anarchy in the aftermath of First World War in 1919, the Irish poet W. B. Yeats wrote in his renowned poem The Second Coming: “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; / Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, / The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere / The ceremony of innocence is drowned; / The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity.” At a time when, despite the absence of a global war, things appear to be falling apart again, the Buddhist philosopher and educator Daisaku Ikeda does not despair and, in fact, shows the way to “value creation for global change”. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN

Three Conferences To Focus On Nuke-Free World

Nuclear Abolition News | IDN

By JAMSHED BARUAH

BERLIN (IDN) - As tension mounts in relations between the U.S. and Russia on Ukraine amid apprehensions of a nuclear fallout, three international conferences scheduled for April 2014 have acquired added significance in promoting efforts towards nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.

The first in the series is a meeting of foreign ministers on April 11-12 in Hiroshima, nearly two months after the Second Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in Mexico. It will be followed by an inter-faith conference organised by the Tokyo-based Soka Gakkai International (SGI) on April 24 in Washington. From April 28 to May 9 the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) will hold its third session at the United Nations in New York. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN

U.S.-Russia Bickering May Trigger Nuclear Fallout

Nuclear Abolitiion News | IPS

By THALIF DEEN

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - The U.S.-Russian confrontation over Ukraine, which is threatening to undermine current bilateral talks on North Korea, Iran, Syria and Palestine, is also in danger of triggering a nuclear fallout.

Secretary of State John Kerry told U.S. legislators early this week that if the dispute results in punitive sanctions against Russia, things could “get ugly fast” and go “in multiple directions.”

NATO and Russia Caught in New Nuclear Arms Race

Nuclear Abolition News | IDN

By JULIO GODOY*

BERLIN (IDN) - The U.S. government is unofficially accusing Russia of violating the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, by flight testing two-stage ground-based cruise missile RS-26.

Although the U.S. government has not officially commented on the alleged Russian violation of the INF, which prohibits both countries to producing, testing and deploying ballistic and cruise missiles, and land-based missiles of medium (1,000 to 5,500 kilometres) and short (500 to 1,000 kilometres) range, high ranking members of the government in Washington have been leaking information to U.S. media, in a moment of particular tense relations with Moscow. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

‘Now Is The Time’ For Middle East Nuke-Free Zone

Nuclear Abolition News | IDN

By JAYA RAMACHADRAN

BERLIN (IDN) - The eminent Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has revived the issue of a Middle East nuclear weapon-free zone (NWFZ), first proposed in 1962. Discussions on the subject have been frozen since the last quarter of 2012, when a planned United Nations conference on the region came to naught in the face of Israel’s opposition.

Nuclear Disarmament, the State of Play

Nuclear Abolition Viewpoint

By PETER WEISS*

NEW YORK (IPS) - If psychosis is a loss of contact with reality, the current status of nuclear disarmament can best be described as psychotic.

On the one hand, the nuclear issue is beginning to creep out from under the rug where it has lain dormant for several decades. On the other hand, the commitment of the nuclear weapon states to a nuclear weapons-free world is honoured more in the breach than in the observance.

Let us begin by adding up the pluses and the minuses of nuclear disarmament. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

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