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An Embittered Riyadh May Weigh Nuclear Option

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By THALIF DEEN

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - Saudi Arabia’s unyielding opposition to November 24 interim nuclear agreement with Iran has triggered speculation about its own projection of military power in the Middle East.

As the Wall Street Journal pointed out, the Saudis may conclude that international acceptance of a nuclear programme of any kind by Iran may compel them “to seek their own nuclear weapons capability through a simple purchase.”

The likely source: Pakistan, whose nuclear programme was partly funded by the Saudis. [P] ARABIC | GERMAN | ITALIAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | SPANISH | SWEDISH | TURKISH

‘We Are Suffering A Slow-Motion Nuclear War’

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By JULIO GODOY*

BERLIN (IDN) - Robert Jacobs was born 53 years ago, at the height of the cold war, amidst the then reigning paranoia of nuclear annihilation of humankind. In school, he was eight years old. “We learned about how to survive a nuclear attack. We we[P]re told that the key to survival was to always be vigilant in detecting the first signs of a nuclear attack.” [P] ARABIC TEXT VERSION PDF | GERMAN | HINDI | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN

Nagasaki Meet Recommends Concrete Steps For Nuke Abolition

Peace Walk | Nagasaki Global Citizens's Assembly for the Elimination of Global Weapons

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By RAMESH JAURA*

BERLIN | NAGASAKI (IDN) – More than 50,000 nuclear weapons have been eliminated since the historic Reykjavík Summit between the then U.S. President Ronald Reagan and his counterpart from the erstwhile Soviet Union  Mikhail Gorbachev, which culminated into a groundbreaking Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) in December 1987. But 17,300 nukes remain, threatening many times over the very survival of human civilization and most life on earth, as the 2013 Nagasaki Appeal points out. [P] ARABIC TEXT VERSION PDF | GERMAN | ITALIANJAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN | PERSIAN | SPANISH | SWEDISH | TURKISH | URDU 

Israel’s Nuclear Ambiguity Prodded

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By PIERRE KLOCHENDLER

OCCUPIED EAST JERUSALEM (IPS) - As Palestinian-Israeli peace talks and nuclear talks on Iran’s disputed nuclear programme continue, a unique international conference, “A Middle East without Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs)”, was held in Jerusalem. [P] ARABIC | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Challenges Remain But Good News For Nuclear Disarmament

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By RAMESH JAURA*

BERLIN (IDN) - There is a lot of good news on the nuclear disarmament front but there are miles to go before the campaigners for banning the bomb can ‘lie down and sleep in peace’. Almost seventy years after the first use of nuclear weapons in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, about 17,000 continue to threaten the very survival of humankind. [P] ARABIC TEXT VERSION PDF | GERMAN | HINDI | ITALIAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN | PERSIAN | PORTUGUESE | SPANISH | SWEDISH

Disarmament The Key To Sustaining Future Generations

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By JOAN ERAKIT*

NEW YORK (IDN) - Striving to promote the interest of future generations through policy making, The World Future Council gathers each year to review strategies that are progressive and change the way our global community functions.

The process begins with a serious question: what are the most important topics of our time and which countries are addressing them with such vigour, others take notice? [P] CHINESE TEXT VERSION PDF | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | KOREAN TEXT VERSION PDF | SPANISH

Russia May Do Better Than its Nuclear Rhetoric

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MOSCOW (IPS) - Despite a seemingly entrenched resistance to change on its nuclear disarmament policy, the Kremlin’s recent initiative to get Syria to destroy its chemical weapons provides hope that Russia could play a more positive role in reducing the world’s global nuclear stockpiles, experts say. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | TURKISH

Hiroshima and Nagasaki Beckon Nuke Free World

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By RAMESH JAURA

BERLIN | HIROSHIMA (IDN) - “World leaders, high-ranking UN officials, city mayors and representatives of the civil society from around the globe, gathered for a summit at Hiroshima and Nagasaki to mark the seventieth anniversary of the atom bombing of two Japanese cities, declared that nuclear weapons will be outlawed by 2020, and called upon all governments to agree at the earliest on a nuclear weapons convention.” [P] ARABIC | GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

UN Presses Forward on Global Ban on Nuke Tests

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By JAYA RAMACHANDRAN

NEW YORK (IDN) – Seventeen years after the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) opened for signature, the United Nations has launched a new initiative to expedite its entry into force “at the earliest possible date”. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN | PERSIAN | SPANISH | URDU

Eminent Persons To Support Entry Into Force Of Global Treaty Banning Nuclear Test

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To ensure an innovative and focused approach to advance the CTBT’s ratification by the remaining Annex 2 States, a group comprising eminent personalities and internationally recognized experts was launched on September 26, 2013 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Through their expertise, experience and political standing, this Group of Eminent Persons (GEM) will support and complement efforts to promote the Treaty’s entry into force as well as reinvigorating international endeavours to achieve this goal. The Presidents of the Article XIV Conference, the Foreign Minister of Hungary, János Martonyi, and the Foreign Minister of Indonesia, Marty Natalegawa, will also be members of the GEM.