[..] Transparency and openness are essential not only for the success of disarmament, but also for democracy. Without transparency, how are citizens to evaluate whether their governments are fulfilling their duties under the Non-Proliferation Treaty? How are we to hold them to account for their continued inaction?Continue reading
Labour MPs will be given a free vote in parliament on the renewal of Trident, according to the leader of Britain’s biggest union.Continue reading
Security is being stepped up in North Korea’s capital as Kim Jong-un, the pariah state’s supreme leader, takes no chances in the tense run-up to this week’s first national congress of the ruling Workers’ party for 36 years.Continue reading
The four leading international federations representing the world’s physicians, public health professionals, and nurses have come together for the first time to warn governments that urgent action is needed to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons. A new treaty banning nuclear weapons would be “the only course of action commensurate with the existential danger they pose.”
The United Nations General Assembly voted in December 2015 to establish a special working group with a mandate to develop “legal measures, legal provisions and norms” for achieving a nuclear-weapon-free world. The so-called Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) is intended to build on the findings and conclusions of the three “humanitarian impact” conferences in 2013 and 2014 as well as the historic “Humanitarian Pledge” which currently has the support of over 120 States.Continue reading
A decommissioned Russian nuclear submarine moored off a naval base on the Kamchatka peninsula caught fire on Friday, but there was no radioactive contamination because its nuclear fuel had already already been removed, Russian media reported.Continue reading
“Our progressive approach is a clarion call for action,” declared Australia’s disarmament ambassador, John Quinn, upon introducing a paper to the new United Nations working group on nuclear disarmament in Geneva this February. Many of the other diplomats in the room appeared doubtful.Continue reading
Barack Obama said on Sunday that he does not believe North Korea is sincere in its offer to halt nuclear tests if the US suspends military exercises with South Korea, and that Pyongyang would “have to do better than that”.Continue reading
North Korea will halt its nuclear tests if the US ceases its annual military exercises with South Korea, Kim Jong-un’s foreign minister has said in a rare interview with western media.
North Korea is likely to conduct its fifth nuclear test soon, possibly before its party congress in early May, a media report said on Sunday, citing South Korean government sources based on their reading of activity around the test site.