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U.N. Warns of Growing Divide Between Nuclear Haves and Have-Nots

 By THALIF DEEN

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - As she prepared to leave office after more than three years, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane painted a dismal picture of a conflicted world: it is “not the best of times for disarmament.” [P04] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDFPORTUGUESE

Opinion: Shared Action for a Nuclear Weapon Free World

By DAISAKU IKEDA*

TOKYO (IPS) - From the end of April, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference will be held in New York. In this year that marks the seventieth anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I add my voice to those urging substantial commitments and real progress toward the realisation of a world without nuclear weapons. [P03] GERMAN | ITALIAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN | SPANISH

Mixed Middle East Reaction to Iran Nuclear Deal

By MEL FRYKBERG

RAMALLAH (IDN) – Regional reactions to the April 2 framework agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme have been mixed both in Israel and its Arab neighbourhood. Vested interests including geopolitical ambitions, economic competition, religious ideology, personal political ambition, and strategic alliances have all played their part in this mixed reaction. [P02] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | KOREAN TEXT VERSION PDF

Obama Prepares for Showdown with Congress Over Iran Deal

WASHINGTON (IPS) - Two days after the deadline for reaching a deal over Iran’s nuclear programme had passed, negotiators looked like they would be going home empty handed. But a surprisingly detailed framework was announced Apr. 2 in Lausanne, Switzerland, as well as in Washington, and in the same breath, U.S. President Barack Obama acknowledged the battle he faces on Capitol Hill. [P01] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Nuclear Threat Escalating Beyond Political Rhetoric

Nuclear Abolition News

By THALIF DEEN

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - As a new cold war between the United States and Russia picks up steam, the nuclear threat is in danger of escalating – perhaps far beyond political rhetoric. [P] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | SPANISH

France Sees Nuclear Arms As Deterrent

Nuclear Abolition News | IDN

By A.D. McKENZIE

PARIS (IDN) - As world leaders prepare to meet in New York next month for the 2015 Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), French activists say they are not holding their breath for any real commitment to enforce the 45-year-old accord. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN

Israel and Iran Obstacles to Nuke Free Mideast Depending on Perspective

Nuclear Abolition News | IDN

By MEL FRYKBERG

TEL AVIV | RAMALLAH (IDN) - Six world powers are looking towards the end of June to reach an agreement in regard to Iran’s nuclear programme in return for lifting the sanctions imposed on the Islamic theocracy. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Opinion: A Legally-Binding Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons

Nuclear Abolition News | IPS

By RAY ACHESON*

NEW YORK (IPS) - Five years after the adoption of the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) Action Plan in 2010, compliance with commitments related to nuclear disarmament lags far behind those related to non-proliferation or the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

The Two Koreas: Between Economic Success and Nuclear Threat

Nuclear Abolition News | IPS

SEOUL (IPS) - The two Koreas are an odd match – both are talking about possible dialogue but both have different ideas of the conditions, and that difference comes from the 62-year-old division following the 1950-53 Korean War. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Growing Support For Moving Away From Nuclear Weapons

Nuclear Abolition News | IDN

By JAMSHED BARUAH

GENEVA (IDN) - Ahead of the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) scheduled for April 27 to May 22, 2015 in New York, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) has expressed a clear vision for the future of nuclear disarmament. [P]  GERMAN | HINDI | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN | PORTUGUESE

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