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  1. When the clock strikes midnight

    Posted Aug 11th 2007, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... 40,000 died in lingering agony from burns or radiation poisoning. Today, others still live with painful physical and mental scars of the explosion. Yet, 62 years on, nuclear weapons are still ... has reluctantly agreed to shut down its nuclear facilities, but Iran rejoices in playing the devilish hooligan and pushing its nuclear programme, which is 'peaceful', according ...

  2. New nuclear reality triggers anxiety

    Posted Apr 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Brad Glosserman

    ... Brad Glosserman Nuclear strategy has become a core concern in the US-Japan alliance. North Korea is the immediate trigger for Japanese anxiety, but similar uncertainties lie just beneath ... that alliances have the foundation- the common world view- that will allow them to survive and thrive in a new strategic environment. Japan has long nestled under the US nuclear umbrella. Throughout ...

  3. Why nuclear weapons have had their day

    Posted May 25th 2007, 12:00am by Jonathan Power

    ... is less stable- as Moscow's nuclear forces decline in serviceability, the technical possibility of a successful first strike by Washington rises. In 1974, secretary of state Henry Kissinger ... Jonathan Power Remember the old mantra: 'Nuclear weapons keep the peace'? At least during the cold war, it was an arguable proposition, although the probability ...

  4. Nuclear reaction

    Posted Jul 18th 2007, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... including the dispatch of heavy fuel oil to the North by South Korea. At the weekend, North Korea declared that it had shut down the Yongbyon nuclear reactor and, on Monday, inspectors from ... into their next phase, which is likely to be more difficult. They will entail the disclosure by North Korea of all its nuclear weapons programmes and their abandonment. Just how difficult the next phase ...

  5. The Atomic Bazaar: The Rise of the Nuclear Poor

    Posted Oct 07th 2007, 12:00am by Steven Martinovich

    ... a nuclear strike', because the odds would be stacked against anyone actually buying or building a nuclear weapon- a difficult feat for those without state sponsorship. Langewiesche's ... Steven Martinovich The Atomic Bazaar: The Rise of the Nuclear Poor by William Langewiesche Farrar, Straus and Giroux, HK$330 Since September 11, 2001, US politicians- usually in an effort ...

  6. Philharmonic strikes a diplomatic note

    Posted Dec 13th 2007, 12:00am by Tom Plate

    ... President George W. Bush sent Mr Kim a warm personal letter. Its purpose was to coax the regime to stay on the nuclear disarmament straight and narrow. And so the president, appraised by Mr Hill ...

  7. Painful choices on Iran

    Posted Feb 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... and Israel have contingency plans for air strikes to try to cripple Iranian nuclear facilities if diplomacy fails. But Iran is generally assessed to be at least two or three years away from being able to build a nuclear bomb. Moreover, air strikes, particularly if carried out without convincing evidence of Iran's nuclear-weapon-making capacity, would further damage America's ...

  8. View from the lunatic fringe

    Posted Aug 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Michael Chugani

    ... showing in Hong Kong. In it, the vice-president orders a nuclear strike against a fictitious Arab country in response to nuclear-armed Muslim terrorists in the United States. It would ... if Beijing threatened nuclear retaliation against Taiwan for getting too far out of line. Don't even think about the righteous furore that would erupt if Iran threatened a nuclear strike ...

  9. Hard work far from over on North Korea

    Posted Jul 16th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Almost four years after multinational negotiations began to end North Korea's nuclear proliferation, the process is finally under way; promised fuel oil has been delivered by South Korea, the nuclear reactor at the heart of the crisis has apparently been shut down and UN inspectors are in place to verify the claim and ensure that the facility can no longer be used ...

  10. How much longer can Musharraf hold on?

    Posted May 18th 2007, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... aircraft launched simultaneous, unco-ordinated strikes aimed at eliminating Pakistan's nuclear capabilities. It is too late for that now: Pakistan's nuclear weapons are widely dispersed ... the general will be able to stay in power. It is an even better question what comes next. Of the nine nuclear weapons powers in the world, seven are stable nations that support the status quo: the US, ...




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