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The Myths About the Nuclear Deal With Iran

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - The single biggest misunderstanding about the nuclear agreement with Iran is that it is a bilateral deal with the United States. Not true.

The agreement involved the U.N.’s five big powers, namely, the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia, plus Germany (P5+1). [P16] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Perfecting Detection of the Bomb

By Ramesh Jaura

VIENNA (IPS) - An international conference has highlighted advances made in detecting nuclear explosions,tracking storms or clouds of volcanic ash, locating epicentres of earthquakes, monitoring the drift of huge icebergs, observing the movements of marine mammals, and detecting plane crashes. [P15] ARABIC TEXT VERSION PDF | FRENCH | GERMAN | HINDI | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDFSPANISH | URDU TEXT VERSION PDF

CTBTO, the Nuclear Watchdog That Never Sleeps

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - The world’s nuclear powers may succeed in thwarting sanctions by the Security Council or avoiding condemnation by the General Assembly, but they cannot escape the scrutiny of a key international watchdog body: the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). [P14] ARABIC | FRENCH - FRENCH ON IPSNEWS | HINDI | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | SPANISH | URDU

World’s Nuke Arsenal Declines Haltingly While Modernisation Rises Rapidly

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - The world’s stockpile of nuclear weapons, held by nine states, just got a little smaller. But modernisation continues to rise rapidly, warns the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in its annual 2015 Yearbook released June 15. [P13] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Nuclear Weapons Free World No Lost Cause

By JAMSHED BARUAH

 BERLIN | NEW YORK (IDN) – The forthcoming 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August is an appropriate occasion to start developing a legally binding instrument prohibiting nuclear weapons. This, according to experts, is the distinct message emerging from the four-week long United Nations conference, which ended without an outcome document on May 22. [P12] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Failure of Review Conference Brings World Close to Nuclear Cataclysm, Warn Activists

By THALIF DEEN

UNITED NATIONS, May 23 2015 (IPS) - After nearly four weeks of negotiations, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference ended in a predictable outcome: a text overwhelmingly reflecting the views and interests of the nuclear-armed states and some of their nuclear-dependent allies. [P11] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Opinion: Universalisation and Strengthening Nuke Treaty Review Need to be Qualitative

NEW YORK (IPS) - “Strengthening the Review Process” and “Universalisation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty” (NPT) are distinctly substantive issues, that require consideration with their specificities in view. [P10] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Q&A: Nuclear Disarmament a Non-Starter, “But I Would Love to Be Proven Wrong”

By THALIF DEEN

Interview with Dr Jennifer Allen Simons, Founder and President of the Simons Foundation, dedicated to the elimination of nuclear weapons

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - Albert Einstein, the internationally-renowned physicist who developed the theory of relativity, once famously remarked: “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”

Perhaps Einstein visualised a nuclear annihilation in the next world war, with disastrous consequences in its aftermath: humanity going back to the Stone Age. [P09] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Faith-Based Organisations Warn of Impending Nuclear Disaster

By THALIF DEEN


UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - As the month-long review conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) continued into its second week, a coalition of some 50 faith-based organisations (FBOs), anti-nuclear peace activists and civil society organisations (CSOs) was assigned an unenviable task: a brief three-minute presentation warning the world of the disastrous humanitarian consequences of a nuclear attack. [P08] CHINESE TEXT VERSION PDF | GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF  | SPANISH | SWEDISH

Q&A: Comprehensive Ban on Nuclear Testing, a ‘Stepping Stone’ to a Nuke-Free World

KANYA D’ALMEIDA interviews LASSINA ZERBO
Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO)

 

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - With the four-week-long review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) underway at the United Nations, hopes and frustrations are running equally high, as a binding political agreement on the biggest threat to humanity hangs in the balance. [P07] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF