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Nuclear Proliferation

Nuclear power was the failed answer to the horrors of the atomic bomb - the so-called "Peaceful Atom." However, the two technologies are inextricably linked. Countries such as India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea clandestinely developed nuclear weapons using the infrastructure, technology and know-how of their "civilian" nuclear programs. Contained expansion of nuclear power across the globe only increases the chances of nuclear weapons development and is counterproductive to disarmament.

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Friday
Sep222017

If Trump kills the Iran deal, he may give the world another Rocket Man

Jeffrey Lewis, a scholar at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, published this column in the Washington Post.
Friday
Sep222017

Rouhani Lashes Back at Trump, as Iran Unveils New Missile

As reported by the New York Times.

It is important to note that not only the UN IAEA, but also the U.S. government (as signed by President Trump himself!), have acknowledged that Iran is abiding by the Nuclear Deal.

Thursday
Aug032017

US Military Eyes New Mini-Nukes for 21st-Century Deterrence

As reported by DefenseOne.

As the article reports:

But Congressional critics who say the proliferation of such weapons would bring less, not more security.

“I have no doubt the proposal to research low-yield nuclear weapons is just the first step to actually building them,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., told Roll Call in February.  “I’ve fought against such reckless efforts in the past and will do so again, with every tool at my disposal.”

She also sounded a skeptical note against ‘tactical nukes in general. “There’s no such thing as limited nuclear war, and for the Pentagon’s advisory board to even suggest such a thing is deeply troubling.”

Describing the difference in blast effects from so-called "mini-nukes" and nuclear weapons orders of magnitude more powerful, the article reports:

The Air Force currently has gravity bombs that either have or can be set to low yields: less than  20 kilotons. Such a bomb dropped in the center of Washington, D.C., wouldn’t even directly affect Georgetown or Foggy Bottom. But a Minuteman III missile tipped with a 300-kiloton warhead would destroy downtown Washington and cause third-degree burns into Virginia and Maryland. [emphasis added]

But stating that areas just blocks outside the blast zone "wouldn't even [be] directly affected[ed]" ignores such impacts as conflagrations that would erupt and spread over a wide area, hazardous radioactive fallout blowing on the wind and flowing with the water, and the obliteration of the seats of each of our three branches of federal government -- the White House, the Capitol, and the Supreme Court. Of course, the entire country would be affected from the detonation of even a so-called "mini-nuke" in such a location! In fact, the entire world could well be affected, especially considering the potential U.S. response(s) to such an attack!

Tuesday
Jul042017

Trump warns China U.S. could go it along on pressuring North Korea after apparent ICBM test launch

As reported by the New York Times, Donald J. Trump warned Chinese President Xi that the U.S. could strike out alone in pressuring North Korea, after yesterday's missile launch that many analysts fear was a successful test of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), capable of reaching Alaska.

The U.S., China, and North Korea each have nuclear weapons arsenals (although the U.S.'s dwarfs the other two, especially North Korea's), and itself regularly has tested ICBMs for decades (as from Vandenberg Air Force Base in CA, to the Marshall Islands).

Thursday
Jun222017

Coalition urges House Armed Services Committee to end MOX funding

Beyond Nuclear joined with a coalition of a dozen environmental, non-proliferation, and arms control groups, urging the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee to end, once and for all, funding for the highly controversial Mixed Oxide (MOX, plutonium-uranium) Fuel Fabrication Facility at the U.S. Department of Energy's Savannah River Site in South Carolina.

See a copy of the letter, here.

The MOX FFF is now vying to become one of the biggest boondoggles in U.S. history. It is an order of magnitude over budget (we're talking the waste of billions of dollars of taxpayer money already, but this could grow to tens of billions of dollars!), and a few decades behind schedule! Worst of all, it actually increases nuclear weapons proliferation risks, rather than decreasing them!