Since President Truman’s decision to detonate two atomic bombs over Japan in a show of U.S. military strength vis-à-vis the Soviets to deter them from retaliating against the Anglo-Saxons at the end of World War 2, numerous initiatives have been undertaken to dissuade Washington from replicating similar crimes. Whereas the USSR acquired its own bomb opening the door to proliferation, neutral States advocated in favour of a nuclear-free world. The international treaties in force consecrate the strategic edge gained by the big powers while depriving the smaller ones of nuclear weapons. These are exploited politically to condemn - rightly or wrongly - insubordinate States (Iran, North Korea) and to protect friendly nations (Israel, India-Pakistan). In the context of the U.S. economic crisis, Obama attempted to reopen denuclearization negotiations. However, vast regions of the planet have already been contaminated, either for having served as nuclear testing grounds or as a combat theater where depleted uranium was used.
Should the Trump Administration respect the Non-Proliferation Treaty, it would withdraw its nuclear missiles, illegally stationed in Europe and would end its confrontation with Russia. Yet, EU member states opting to continue with the previous policy that they are already familiar with, rallied round the US “government of continuity” during the Munich Conference on Security. Thus, in the name of “self-preservation”, they seriously envisage subsidizing the French atomic bomb.
The US has just discarded a proposal by its allies in the First Committee of the UN General Assembly seeking the total elimination of nuclear weapons. However States illegally harbouring US nuclear bombs may request their removal from their territory by virtue of art 2 of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
In a letter addressed to President Barack Obama, 22 members of Congress, all of them Democrats, urge him to write into law the engagement not to be the first use nuclear weapons.
Two weeks ago, the Secretary for Defense, Ashton Carter, had declared that Washington would not hesitate to start a nuclear war if necessary.
Since the collapse of the cessation of hostilities in Syria, the tension has been mounting between Washington and Moscow. The risk of a third World War has never been as (...)
The B61-12, the new US nuclear bomb intended to replace the B-61s lined up in Italy and other countries, has been “officially authorized” by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), the Department of Energy Agency assigned to “strengthen national security through the military application of nuclear science”.
After four years of planning and tests, the NNSA has given the green light to the engineering phase that prepares for mass production. The B61-12’s many components are designed (...)
“Thank you President Obama. Italy is fully determined to follow through with its commitment for nuclear security.” So tweets Prime Minister Renzi after participating in the Washington Summit on Nuclear Security in April .
In his presentation at the Summit, President Obama writes “Proliferation and the potential use of nuclear weapons constitute the greatest threat to global security. This is why, seven years ago at Prague, I guaranteed that the United States stop exporting nuclear (...)
“The scientific revolution that has brought about atomic fission requires a moral revolution”: with this historic phrase (coined by the presidential speech-writers) culminated Obama’s visit to Asia. On it, he declared at Hiroshima, his willingness to “mark out a path leading to the destruction of nuclear arsenals”. The Federation of American Scientists distances itself, providing evidence that the Obama Administration has reduced less than its predecessors, the number of nuclear tests.
The United States feigned surprise during the simulation of an attack by the Russian aviation against the USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea. And yet, as we have reported, Russia already has the capacity to block the ship’s Communications & Commands, and did so, observes Manlio Dinucci, because the ship was in the process of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). Furthermore, the US nuclear deployment occurred as China is developing hypersonic launchers, a part of whose trajectory will be in glide mode, inspiring new research by DARPA. As from now, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin are participating in the Tactical Boost Glide Program.
The threat of nuclear and radiological terrorism remains one of the greatest challenges to international security, and the threat is constantly evolving. We, the leaders, gathered in Washington, D.C. on the first day of April, 2016 on the occasion of the fourth Nuclear Security Summit, are proud to observe that the Summits have since 2010 raised awareness of this threat and driven many tangible, meaningful and lasting improvements in nuclear security. The Summits have also strengthened (...)
The publication by the US official federal archives of the list of nuclear targets established during the Cold War did not spring from a desire to help historical studies. This is a warning, if not a threat to Russia. The destruction that the Pentagon was considering at the time is ever possible.
Currently, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Italy and Turkey, maybe tomorrow Poland, violate Article 2 of the Treaty of nuclear non-proliferation by storing NATO’s atomic bombs on their territory. However, in case of nuclear war between the superpowers, the first affected states would be precisely those who harbour these stocks. Therefore, regardless of the moral question of the use of these weapons, the survival instinct would tells us to refuse their presence and respect the Treaty.
During his interview of the 14th July on TF1 and France2, President François Hollande denied that Israël possesses the atomic bomb. But the Hebrew state has between 80 and 400 nuclear war-heads, and has already used neutron bombs against civilian populations. Is Mr. Hollande ignorant, to the point where he should be judged inapt to assume the responsibilities of Head of the Armed Forces and the strike force, or simply using bad faith in contempt of his fellow citizens ?
HAASS: Well, good morning, and welcome to this special meeting of the Council on Foreign Relations. I’m Richard Haass, CFR’s president. And I want to make clear that my welcome includes not just the many of you in this room, but the even more of you who are watching this event on one device or another, including our national members who are wired into this as well as many others through the virtues of live streaming.
This meeting is special in two ways. It’s relatively rare for us to hold (...)
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The meeting was called to order at 9.05 a.m.
The President: In accordance with rule 37 of the Council’s provisional rules of procedure, I invite the representatives of Germany and the Islamic Republic of Iran to participate in this meeting.
In accordance with rule 39 of the Council’s provisional rules of procedure, I invite His (...)
"Today is a historic day and it is a great honor for us to announce that we have reached an accord on the Iranian nuclear solution, to make our world safer.” Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said this in Vienna on July 14.
Almost simultaneously another announcement arrived from the United States: "The U.S. Air Force and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have conducted the first flight test of the jointly developed B61-12 (...)
Most of the second sermon of Ayatollah Khamenei in the Eid al-Fitr congregational prayers was devoted to several points about the nuclear issue.
In the first point, he appreciated those who were involved in the lengthy and breathtaking nuclear negotiations, particularly the endeavors and efforts made by the nuclear negotiating team, saying, “For the [final] approval of the drawn up text, a legal course must be followed. Of course, whether or not this text is approved, the negotiators will (...)
Building a nuclear bomb requires either uranium or plutonium. But thanks to this deal, Iran’s four possible ways to leverage those fissile materials are blocked.
Under the framework for an Iran nuclear deal Iran’s uranium enrichment pathway to a weapon will be shut down
The Uranium pathways at Natanz and Fordow
Iran would needs two key elements to construct a uranium bomb: tens of thousands of centrifuges and enough highly enriched uranium to produce enough material to construct a (...)
Today, after two years of negotiations, the United States, together with our international partners, has achieved something that decades of animosity has not — a comprehensive, long-term deal with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
This deal demonstrates that American diplomacy can bring about real and meaningful change — change that makes our country, and the world, safer and more secure. This deal is also in line with a tradition of American leadership. It’s now (...)
Undisputed champion of political hypocrisy, President Obama presented the Iranian climbdown as a step towards a nuclear-free world. Not only has Iran stopped all research to develop nuclear weapons since 1988, but the United States is modernizing its strike force and causing a real arms race.
Good afternoon, everybody. Today, the United States — together with our allies and partners — has reached a historic understanding with Iran, which, if fully implemented, will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
As President and Commander-in-Chief, I have no greater responsibility than the security of the American people. And I am convinced that if this framework leads to a final, comprehensive deal, it will make our country, our allies, and our world safer.
This has been a long (...)
The following document, released on April 2 by the State Department press office, itemizes the points of agreement between Iran, the P5+1 (the UN Security Council members plus Germany), and the European Union. Its official title is: Parameters for a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program.
Below are the key parameters of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear program that were decided (...)
On 4 November, after laying down a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, President Napolitano, assisted by the Defense Minister, Pinotti, delivered the Croce di Cavaliere dell’Ordine Militare d’Italia to the War Unit of the Sixth Formation of the Military Air Force. This is based at Ghedi-Torre (Brescia), where the Nato drill for nuclear war, Steadfast Noon, has just taken place .
The US Natural Resources Defense Council’s report, U.S. Nuclear Weapons in Europe, states:
“Forty US B (...)
While it is wholly legitimate for Nuclear Powers to engage in training on using atomic weapons, the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) prohibits them from conducting exercises with non-Nuclear Powers. However Nato members are flouting their treaty obligations and doing exactly what the NPT tells them not to do.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Revolution, released a list of 11 non-negotiable points for the attention of the Iranian delegation at the 5+1 talks.
According to the information obtained by Voltaire Network, the Iranian delegation has already worked out with the "Westerners" the way of pushing Iran into their camp. In a bid to restrain the dissemination of leaks, President Hassan Rohani made an appearance on Russia’s first television channel saying that it was not his (...)
While the media applaud the agreement reached between the P5+1 and Iran, Thierry Meyssan, a personal friend of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, sees in it an abdication by the new Iranian government. As far as he is concerned, it is absurd to pretend that the two parties have solved a misunderstanding supposedly maintained for eight years by the aggressiveness of President Ahmadinejad. The truth is that Iran gave up its nuclear research and began to dismantle it without receiving anything in return except the gradual lifting of illegitimate sanctions. In other words, the country, brought to its knees, has surrendered.
While the West brags this week about having stopped the military nuclear development programme that Iran ended definitively in 1988, Manlio Dinucci reminds us that the production of nuclear weapons in the world has never ceased. So we’re being offered the celebration of a public relations victory to mask the nuclear reality.
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (3rd L) delivers a statement during a ceremony next to British Foreign Secretary William Hague, Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (L-R) at the United Nations in Geneva November 24, 2013 Joint Plan of Action
The goal for (...)
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