Bits from Abroad

November 2014

India has made it clear that there is no question of it joining the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as a non nuclear weapon state while reaffirming its commitment to check further proliferation of atomic weapons. …..India considers NPT as the last vestige of apartheid in the international system, granting as it does to five-countries (US,UK, China, France and Russia) the right tobe nuclear-weapons state while denyingthe same right to others. The NPT came into force in 1970.
New Indian Express

India nuclear weapon missile

cyber warCyber security units to protect Russia’s
nuclear stockpiles. The IT systems of all Russian nuclear weapons stockpiles will be protected by a new team of anti-hackers, the Defence Ministry said after a year-long “hunting season” for programmers. Special units of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces (SMF), responsible for the country’s nuclear weapons, will reduce the vulnerability, should it be found, in their brand-new information systems, according to the Defence Ministry’s spokesman.


N Korea Missile lorryNorth Korea probably has the capability to produce a nuclear warhead that could be mounted on a rocket, a top U.S. commander said , moving it closer to building a nuclear missile. Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of U.S. forces on the Korean peninsula, said North Korea now is capable of building a miniaturized nuclear warhead, a step needed to complete development of a nuclear-tipped missile. Such nuclear warheads would be small enough to fit on a ballistic missile and would be a major improvement to Pyongyang’s weapons technology. Gen. Scaparrotti said he believes North Korea also has developed a launcher that could carry an intercontinental ballistic missile with a miniaturized warhead.

Wall Street Journal