Archive for the ‘WMD’ Category

Iran Attack Plans

20 February 2007

The BBC reports that US plans to attack Iran would, if carried out, strike more than just Iranian nuclear sites, and involve attacks on much of the military infrastructure, such as air bases, naval bases, and missile facilities.

A BBC correspondent says that confirmation or Iranian nuclear development or deaths in Iraq caused by actions of the Iranian government could trigger the attack by the US. Though the US military has blamed Iran for sending weapons to Iraq, it has only been confirmed that some weapons were made in Iran, though not necessarily with government involvement.

According to CBS News, Ahmadinejad says that he will stop nuclear enrichment if Western nations do the same, which is unlikely to happen.

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North Korea Agrees to Disarm

14 February 2007

North Korea has agreed to eventually end its nuclear weapons program, according to MSNBC, in exchange for a million tons of oil. Though Kim Jong Ill’s decisions are obviously subject to change, it’s a step in the right direction.

Bush said that “These talks represent the best opportunity to use diplomacy to address North Korea‚Äôs nuclear programs. They reflect the common commitment of the participants to a Korean Peninsula that is free of nuclear weapons.” Since North Korea is in fact the only country to ever develop these horrific weapons, we can all be assured of a much safer, nuclear-free world as soon as North Korea abandons its one operating nuclear reactor.

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Space Weapon?

18 January 2007

Australia, Canada, and the United States have all condemned China following a weapons test reportedly conducted in space, according to BBC News. Britain, Japan, and South Korea are expected to follow in “expressing their concerns.”

The US said that China destroyed an old weather satellite with a ballistic missile, over 800 kilometers above Earth’s surface.

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Doomsday Clock Moves Forward

17 January 2007

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved the “Doomsday Clock” two minutes forward, to five minutes to midnight. The symbolic clock represents how close the group estimates the world to be to nuclear disaster. It was created in 1947.

According to the Independent, the clock is moving forward for a number of reasons, among them the fact that there are now new nuclear forces, and because of the risk of a terrorist group getting a nuclear weapon, because there would be no assurance of “mutual destruction” in such a situation.

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Israel Plans Nuclear Attack

7 January 2007

Israel has created plans to attack Iranian nuclear enrichment facilities with tactical nuclear weapons, according to the Times Online, which have a force about one-fifteenth that of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. It would be the first attack with nuclear weapons since 1945.

Two Israeli air force squadrons are training for the attack, in which conventional laser-guided bombs would be fired, to open “tunnels,” and would be followed by by “mini-nukes.”

Israel has identified three targets: Natanz, a facility near Isfahan, and a reactor at Arak. According to Wikipedia, Natanz had a population of 39,964 in 1999, Isfahan a population of 1,573,378 in 2006, and Arak a population of 511,127 in 2005. Scientists say that while the contamination from the bombs may be limited, tons of radioactive uranium compounds would be released.

Surprisingly, some experts think that a nuclear attack on Iran by Israel may have repercussions, “including widespread protests that could destabilise parts of the Islamic world friendly to the West.”

UPDATE: Israel has now denied that it is planning a nuclear attack, according to MSNBC.

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Who Knew?

13 December 2006

Israel might have nuclear weapons, according to Yahoo; a development that no doubt shakes millions of peoples’ views of the world. Israeli Prime Minister recently included Israel in a list of nuclear powers, saying that “Iran, openly, explicitly and publicly threatens to wipe Israel off the map. Can you say that this is the same level, when they are aspiring to have nuclear weapons, as America, France, Israel, Russia?”

Olmert’s spokesman has said that Mr. Olmert did not mean to suggest that Israel has nuclear weaponry.

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British Libs for Halving Arsenal

2 December 2006

British liberals are supporting a plan to cut the UK’s nuclear arsenal in half, according to BBC News, saying that 100 warheads was enough for security. Doing this would show that “nuclear disarmament is back on the international agenda,” according to Menzies Campbell. He said that it would be “unwise at this time for Britain to abandon its nuclear weapons altogether,” though, due to the threats of Iran and North Korea.

If done, this would certainly be a step forward and put the issue closer to the forefront.

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Nuclear Weapons

5 October 2006

Nuclear weapons are, for obvious reasons, a threat to civilians around the world, regardless of whether their own nation has them. A number of nations today have them, most of htem Western nations. Some of these nations are “allowed” to have them by the UN (like the US, Britain, or France), some aren’t (like Pakistan, India, or Israel). Why is it that certain nations are trusted not to do anything too bad with them is beyond my understanding, especially considering that the US is the only nation to have actually done anything bad with them.

The Federation of American Scientists has extensive information concerning nuclear weapons, including a “Bomb-A-City Calculator” and a “Nuclear Forces Guide.”

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