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Nuclear Weapons

Beyond Nuclear advocates for the elimination of all nuclear weapons and argues that removing them can only make us safer, not more vulnerable. The expansion of commercial nuclear power across the globe only increases the chance that more nuclear weapons will be built and is counterproductive to disarmament. We also cover nuclear weapons issues on our international site, Beyond Nuclear International.

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Wednesday
Jul172019

House Votes to Block Arms Sales to Gulf Nations, Setting Up Trump’s Third Veto

As reported by the New York Times.

Although this is in the context of conventional U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia, there are close parallels re: nuclear power technology that risks nuclear weapons proliferation. The Trump Dept. of Energy has allowed nuclear power technology to flow to Saudi Arabia, despite the Saudi Crown Prince's admission on CBS News's "60 Minutes" that, if Iran pursued nuclear weapons, Saudi Arabia would follow suit. These U.S. nuclear power technology transfers, done by DOE exemptions that sidestep congressional Atomic Energy Act due deligence to prevent nuclear weapons proliferation, thus run such risks.

Typically, Congress must approve nuclear power technology transfers to foreign countries, under Section 123 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954. But the Trump DOE has done an end run around this, granting exemptions.

DOE has gone so far as to keep secret the identity of the U.S. nuclear power companies transferring this technology to Saudi Arabia, absurdly and outrageously claiming some sort of trade secret exemption from such disclosure.

A growing number of Congress members are seeking ways to do something about this.

Monday
Jun172019

Iran threatens to increase enriched uranium stockpile beyond limits set by nuclear deal in 10 days

Wednesday
Apr032019

Bloomberg: First Images of Saudi Nuclear Reactor Show Plant Nearing Finish

Wednesday
Apr032019

4/3/19: Beyond Nuclear on Sputnik International's "Loud & Clear," re: Trump administration-Saudi Arabian nuclear proliferation scandal

Saturday
Mar022019

Jared and the Saudi Crown Prince Go Nuclear?

There are too many unanswered questions about the White House’s role in advancing Saudi ambitions

An opinion column in the New York Times, by Nicholas Kristof.