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  1. North Korea's mobile nuclear missile threat

    Posted Mar 07th 2008, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... Korean regime were able to achieve this feat, it would give Pyongyang a more credible nuclear-strike capability- a step that would deeply alarm Japan and South Korea. It would also hasten moves, ... at the same time. It is these smaller, shorter-range missiles that have now become the focus of US concern about North Korea's nuclear-strike capability. Unlike the long-range Taepodong 2, which ...

  2. Details of quake damage to Sichuan's biggest nuclear dump site under wraps

    Posted Jul 08th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... by a numeric code. When the earthquake struck Yingxiu on May 12, the shock waves rippled outwards, striking the plant. It was the worst hit among hundreds of military nuclear facilities built ... Stephen Chen The biggest nuclear-waste storage facility in southwestern China was paralysed after the Sichuan earthquake but its parent company, the China National Nuclear Corporation ...

  3. US is guarding China's nuclear 'secrets'

    Posted Nov 20th 2008, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... carrier strike group. If you repeat the same thing over and over, and the media duly reports it, it must be true. Again, Admiral Wren claimed China's military is opaque with its intentions ... to assume that a nation's nuclear arsenals and weapons development programmes are among its best-kept military secrets. But, on this, China has been remarkably open- to the US government. ...

  4. The way, and now the will, for Global Zero

    Posted Dec 12th 2008, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... Gwynne Dyer If Barack Obama sent the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty to Congress for ratification early in the new session, that would be an excellent start. Since it was signed in 1996, 148 other countries have ratified it, but it cannot come into effect until the US does, too. And then he could get on with banning the nuclear weapons themselves, not just the tests. ...

  5. On shaky ground

    Posted Jun 04th 2008, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... Asia's vulnerability to earthquakes raises some disturbing questions about nuclear safety, writes Michael Richardson As aftershocks from China's devastating earthquake continue to cause havoc, atomic safety experts from around the world are preparing to meet in Japan later this month to scrutinise seismic standards at nuclear plants. Because they contain lethal sources ...

  6. Put disarmament back on the agenda

    Posted Jun 11th 2008, 12:00am by Jonathan Power

    ... how close a call it was. If US president John F. Kennedy hadn't surrounded himself with very level-headed people, like defence secretary Robert McNamara, there could have been a nuclear ... to the Russians again about reducing their massive inventories. If the nuclear arms debate were ruled by reason, rather than chest-puffing machismo disguised as national security, then the two nuclear ...

  7. Modern economy distant goal for N Korea

    Posted Jun 28th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode The US Treasury Department's squeeze last year on North Korea's ties to Macau brought many intriguing details to the surface- few more striking than the image of strongboxes full of cash and gold being regularly flown to the enclave in its role as a regional banker for Pyongyang's elite. The reason for the old-fashioned 'bag jobs' ...

  8. World's powers should keep space missile-free

    Posted Feb 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Space has remained largely arms-free, thanks partly to the Outer Space Treaty banning nuclear or mass-destruction weapons in orbit, and partly to a long pause in anti-satellite missile tests. This is the way it should be. But the position has been disturbed, first by China and now the United States, with missile strikes on defunct satellites. The missile strikes have naturally ...

  9. Second guessing

    Posted Aug 11th 2008, 12:00am by Hagai Segal

    ... not respond with a nuclear strike. Its partners, Hezbollah and Hamas, could be 'let off the leash'. The burden of responsibility to end the crisis rests with Iran. Many in the international ... Trying to gauge Iran's true nuclear intent is the hardest part of resolving the growing crisis, writes Hagai Segal As numerous international actors struggle to find a resolution ...

  10. Anti-terrorism teams created for Olympics

    Posted Jun 08th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... on Friday. The anti-terrorism personnel will deal with any attacks relating to nuclear weapons, radioactive elements, explosives and chemical agents with a focus on guarding against biological ... of vehicle will be used to rapidly detect poisonous gases. Beijing's disease control centre has established special surveillance stations to monitor possible nuclear radiation leaks and nuclear ...




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