After another inelegant exchange of blustery rhetoric, the world is again imagining what military conflict between the US, its allies and North Korea would look like and seasoned observers are asking if the situation has reached a new and more dangerous stage. This latest geopolitical boiling point started off with the announcement of unprecedented UN sanctionsagainst North Korea on August 5, the result of a unanimous vote in the UN Security Council after Pyongyang tested a long-range ballistic missile on July 28. North Korea promptly rebuked the sanctions and issued a threatening statement promising "righteous action" to make the US "pay the price." On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump uttered his now infamous statement promising North Korea "fire and fury like the world has never seen," if the regime threatened the US. Adding fuel to Trump's fire, two separate reports from Japan and the US were released Tuesday that revealed that North Korea had developed the capability … [Read more...] about Does the US have to accept North Korea as a nuclear power?
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Over the past several years, a number of companies have put forth applications to build new nuclear reactors in the UK. But none have started construction, and now, there's some doubt whether any of them will go forward. At the end of July, the new UK government led by Theresa May announced a delay in the approval of Hinkley Point C, the new-build nuclear power reactor project currently closest to going ahead, pending a review. Mycle Schneider, an anti-nuclear analyst who is convening lead author of the World Nuclear Industry Status Reports, said he doubts any new UK reactors will actually get built. And if any are built, he doubts they'll ever be put into service: "There have been at least 92 nuclear reactors construction projects around the world that were abandoned at various stages of completion." Financial rather than environmental concerns are putting the UK's new-build nuclear program in doubt. Why Prime Minister May ordered a review of Hinkley Point C is unclear, but one … [Read more...] about Puzzling path to new UK nuclear power stations
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates is in China holding strategy meetings with Chinese counterparts in an effort to lay the groundwork for President Hu Jintao's visit to the United States next week for a summit with US President Barack Obama. High on the agenda will be the current tensions on the Korean Peninsula, the thorny issue of US arms sales to Taiwan and a proposed security agreement between the two countries relating to nuclear weapons, missile defense, space and cyber-weaponry. After initial discussions on Monday, Gates endeavored to strike a positive tone despite evidence that the first round of talks were tinged by the frosty climate which has developed from the growing US-Chinese military rivalry. On the one hand, the US is concerned that China is not doing enough to exert its influence as North Korea's main ally in the escalating potential war scenario in the Yellow Sea around the Korean Peninsula. On the other, China continues to simmer over Washington's military … [Read more...] about US wary of China as arms spending heads in opposite directions
Until a few days ago, there were just two milestones marking the nuclear energy threat: Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. Now, the world can add Fukushima. The explosions, the evacuations and the radiation checks have re-energised the anti-nuclear lobby. In Austria, Greens Member of the European Parliament, Ulrike Lunacek, says there's a clear lesson to be learned from what's happening in Fukushima: "There are no safe nuclear power plants." Japan, she told Deutsche Welle, is known as having the best containments, better than Europe. But: "With their best technology, they try to do their best, but the best is not good enough," she said. 60 nuclear power stations under construction worldwide The Japanese catastrophe comes at a boom time for nuclear power station construction, driven by the massive demand for energy in rapidly growing economies like those of China and India. In Europe, it's driven by the need to stop burning fossil fuels in the face of climate change. … [Read more...] about ‘There are no safe nuclear power plants’
There are fewer and fewer nuclear weapons around the world, thanks to the New START disarmament treaty between the US and Russia, according to the newest report of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). But even when the two top nuclear powers reduce the number of warheads according to the treaty, it wouldn't necessarily be a proof for real disarmament. "A lot of the warheads that are being reduced or eliminated are actually aging or obsolete. They are the legacy of the Cold War," said Shannon Kile, one of the lead authors of the SIPRI report. "In terms of operational forces the actual reductions have been quite modest." Unfulfilled hopes No one believed New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty), which came into effect between Russia and the US in 2011, would turn the world into a nuclear-free zone in the foreseeable future. "That is disappointing," said Annette Schaper, project manager and expert for nuclear disarmament at the Peace Research Institute in … [Read more...] about Nuclear powers want quality, not quantity