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New Study Ranks Countries on Security of Materials That Fuel Nuclear Arms

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 12, 2012

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The 32 nations with materials that can fuel atom bombs are typically mum on security, which looks to the public like a closed world of barbed wire and armed guards. Behind the scenes, atomic insiders have long told horror stories of risky practices and security flaws that might let the crucial ingredients for nuclear weapons fall into the wrong hands.

Now, for the first time publicly, experts have surveyed the precautions each country has in place and ranked the nations from best to worst. The study is full of surprises and potential embarrassments: for instance, Australia takes first place in nuclear security and Japan comes in at No. 23, behind nations like Kazakhstan and South Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bid Farewell to Nuclear Arms

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 14, 2010

By Queen Noor of Jordan [1]

During the standoff of the post-war period between the superpowers, possessing nuclear weapons had a bleak sense to it. The justified fear felt on all sides of their appalling potential consequences kept their use in check. Mutually assured destruction maintained the peace among a handful of nuclear armed nations. 20 years after the end of the cold war, however, the world has changed radically and we need to change our approach to nuclear weapons in consequence.

I believe that if governments do not act now by beginning to eliminate all remaining nuclear weapons, we will witness in our lifetimes the detonation of a device by a state or terrorist group. To get governments to act, everyone needs to get involved and we need to bring this issue to the top of the political agenda. Read the rest of this entry »

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