Bits From Abroad

July 2015

France: MBDA’s new ASMPA airlaunched nuclear weapon has been testfired, defence officials announced in mid-June. Based on the same manufacturer’s ASMP, the ASMPA (Air-Sol Moyenne Portée Amélioré) is becoming the backbone of France’s air-launched     nuclear strike capability.

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China Missiles The US is infuriated after China tested its supersonic nuclear delivery vehicle amid ongoing territorial tensions in the South China Sea. The Chinese defence ministry has officially announced that the glide vehicle, dubbed as Wu-14, was tested in early June – the fourth such test in 18 months. Experts believe Wu-14 is a hypersonic cutting-edge technology vehicle capable of carrying conventional nuclear warheads by cruising and touching the edge of space.


From an article in Middle East Monitor by veteran journalist Jihad El-Khazen : I am saying, as clearly as possible, that Iwant Saudi Arabia to possess nuclear weapons; Egypt and the UAE too. Today, though, I am writing from the Saudi point of view. I have had direct relations with King Salman for many decades, and he is capable of making an agreement with Pakistan tomorrow to buy nuclear bombs. This is due to the fact that Saudi Arabia financed the Pakistani nuclear programme and has rescued Pakistan’s economy many times over.

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ayatollah_ali_khamenei Iran’s parliament has voted to ban access to military sites and scientists as part of a future deal with world powers over its contested nuclear programme . Of 213 lawmakers, 199 voted in favour of the bill that requires the complete lifting of all sanctions against Iran as part of any final nuclear accord. The bill, if approved into law, could complicate the talks in Vienna between Iran and the six-nationgroup – the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany – as they face a self imposed June 30 deadline.