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By JAMES M. ACTON and ELBRIDGE A. COLBY*

The future of U.S. nuclear weapons is being hotly contested in bitter Congressional debates over the budget. The result is serious uncertainty in defense planning, and that comes with a cost. When nuclear policy is left to be blown about by erratic political winds, there are frequent and sharp changes in direction—changes that are expensive for the American taxpayer, reduce the effectiveness of what we procure, confuse allies, and risk unnecessarily exacerbating tensions with potential foes.

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Nagasaki Mayor Campaigns for a Nuke-Free World

NuNagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taueclear Abolition News | IDN

By JAMSHED BARUAH
IDN-InDepth NewsReport

BERLIN | VIENNA (IDN) - "I urge you all, as human beings, to consider again the inhumanity of atomic weapons," Tomihisa Taue, the Mayor of Nagasaki and Vice President of the Mayors for Peace organisation told government representatives participating in a crucial event well in time for an international conference in 2015 to review the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). [P] ARABIC TEXT VERSION PDF | GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN | SPANISH | TURKISH

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Opposition to Iranian Nuclear Arms Widespread: Global Poll

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By JIM LOBE

WASHINGTON (IPS) - Opposition to Iran's possible acquisition of nuclear weapons is widespread, although support for taking military action to prevent it appears to have fallen in several key countries over the past two years, according to a new poll of public opinion in 21 countries released here May 18 by the Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

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Scientists Spotlight Nuclear Famine Perils

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By ERNEST COREA*
IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis

WASHINGTON (IDN) – Support for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation suffered a set-back when Republican Senator Richard Lugar was defeated at a pre-election primary (May 8) in the state of Indiana. He was eliminated by a tea party supported contender, and will not be the Republican Party candidate for the Senate in November. Lugar has announced, as well, that he will not run as an Independent. [P] ARABIC PDF TEXT VERSIONCHINESE TEXT VERSION PDF | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

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US Asked to Abandon Cold War Nuke Strategy

Nuclear Abolition News | IDN

By JAMSHED BARUAH
IDN-InDepth NewsReport

BERLIN (IDN) - A new report is calling for abandoning the Cold War rationale and ushering in a systemic change in U. S. nuclear force structure, strategy and posture in order to address the security threats in the 21st century.

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Asia: Dangers of Extended Nuclear Deterrence

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By NEENA BHANDARI
IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis

SYDNEY (IDN) - With India and Pakistan testing nuclear-capable ballistic missiles this April, close on the heels of North Korea's unsuccessful test launch of a long-range rocket, a new report by the Sydney-based Lowy Institute for International Policy says it is Asian strategic mistrust that is holding back nuclear disarmament. [P] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | KOREAN TEXT VERSION PDF

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Threat of 'Nuclear Terror' Diverts Abolition Efforts

Nuclear Abolition News | IPS

By KEVIN P. CLEMENTS *

DUNEDIN, New Zealand (IPS) - President Barack Obama indicated in Prague in 2009 that he was interested in achieving a "world without nuclear weapons." Since that bold statement (which was one of the reasons for his Nobel peace prize) he has been persuaded by his foreign policy advisors and pressured by the Nuclear Weapons Laboratories to put nuclear abolition on hold and to focus instead on issues such as nuclear safety and nuclear security. [P] ARABIC | JAPANESE TEXT PDF

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Impassioned Plea for Averting War with Iran

Nuclear Abolition News | IDN

By RICHARD JOHNSON
IDN-InDepth NewsReport

LONDON (IDN) - Pax Christi, the International Catholic Movement for Peace, has made an impassioned plea for averting war with Iran. "Surely such a war would spell worldwide disaster, and it's up to movements like us to send a strong message against military aggression," Pax Christi said in an important document.

"A war with Iran, to which a military attack would inevitably lead, would be a disaster for the whole world and any talk of a pre-emptive attack must be challenged as illegal and immoral," it said indirectly referring to Israeli threats of an assault on Iran. [P] JAPANESE TEXT PDF

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The Paradox of the Nuclear Age

Nuclear Abolition News | IPS

By RONALD MCCOY*

KUALA LUMPUR (IPS) - Climate change and nuclear war are the two most serious threats to human security and planetary survival.

Governments are addressing the causes of climate change and the prevention of nuclear war, but political will to reduce greenhouse gases and eradicate nuclear weapons needs to be further strengthened.

Climate change is now visible and palpable, but the threat of nuclear war remains relatively abstract and unperceived among some complacent world leaders, despite the presence of thousands of nuclear weapons in a world that still resolves conflict by going to war. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

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Seoul Summit Aims at Nuclear Safety Amidst Rising Threats

Ana Pancenko, one of the many Ukrainian children affected by the Chernobyl disaster who received medical treatment in Cuba.  Credit:José Luis Baños/IPSNuclear Abolition News | IPS

By THALIF DEEN

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - Against the backdrop of a politically-waffling, nuclear-armed North Korea as its unpredictable neighbour, South Korea is hosting a nuclear security summit later this month to be attended by over 40 heads of state and government.

As Japan still struggles to cope with its disastrous nuclear accident in Fukushima last year, the Seoul Summit will focus on specific guidelines for nuclear safety - and also measures to prevent nuclear terrorism. GERMAN

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Iran and a Nuclear Weapons Ban

Nuclear Abolition News | IDN

Viewpoint by FREDERICK N. MATTIS*

ANNAPOLIS, USA (IDN) - The potential for catastrophe regarding Iran is great. It is Israel, obviously, which most feels and asserts the "threat" of an incipient nuclear-armed Iran. Iran, though, with its animosity toward Israel, is mostly to blame for Israeli alarm at Iran’s potential to build nuclear weapons.

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