News and Views

We keep abreast of news relating to developments in disarmament and non-proliferation negotiations, multilateral arms control and international security, and provide short excerpts of news pieces originally published by international and domestic media.

26 November 2014

THE UK government is expected to confirm a U-turn over its refusal to attend an international conference on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons after pressure from Scotland.

In a written answer to SNP Westminster leader Angus...

26 November 2014

A Cold War nuclear accident has been linked to the death 46 years later of one of the clean-up crew.

Petter Lilleby, 67, died from bronchopneumonia related to lung cancer in July.

Now a pre-inquest report has revealed he was involved...

25 November 2014

U.S. and Iranian officials appeared close on Sunday to extending the high-stakes talks over Iran’s disputed nuclear program after failing to meet a self-imposed deadline for a deal that would open the program to close international scrutiny...

24 November 2014

A £37 million deal has been struck by Westminster with the US government for a dozen huge new Trident missile launchers more than a year before the UK parliament decides if the nuclear weapons system should be renewed.

US defence...

18 November 2014

Iran’s foreign minister has said that “excessive demands” by the west could torpedo the chances of a deal being reached over the future of the Iranian nuclear programme at negotiations in Vienna.

Speaking to journalists on...

15 November 2014

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AP) -- The trouble began here, trouble that has torn at the core of the nuclear Air Force and compelled two of the last three secretaries of defense - first Robert Gates and now Chuck Hagel - to ask: Who is...

14 November 2014

United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has announced an overhaul of how the US nuclear weapon arsenal is maintained, calling for billions of dollars in investment to address recent security violations and low morale among nuclear-force...

13 November 2014

Last week Parliament debated for the first time in 20 years an obscure treaty between the UK and US on mutual support for their programmes of nuclear weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).

It ought not to be obscure, as it underpins the entire...

10 November 2014

WASHINGTON — In a surprise confirmation, the Obama administration announced late on Friday that it will attend an unusual conference next month that supporters say could help to nudge the global framework governing nuclear weapons in a new...

9 November 2014

Iran, the US and European Union will hold an unscheduled second day of talks on Monday, on disagreements blocking resolution of a dispute over Tehran’s nuclear programme, a US official and Iranian state media said.

In the US,...