The United States will discuss concerns about the security of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal during a visit to Washington by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the White House said. The News York Times reported that the Obama administration was concerned that Pakistan might be on the verge of deploying a small tactical nuclear weapon that would be harder to protect from falling into hands of militants. The paper said the administration was also seeking to prevent Pakistan deploying missiles that could reach beyond its main foe India, and was thus exploring a possible deal to limit the Pakistani arsenal that could involve relaxing restrictions on access to nuclear technology.
The United States has confirmed that Iran tested a medium range missile capable of delivering a nuclear weapon in “clear violation” of a United Nations Security Council ban on ballistic missile tests, a senior U.S. official said.
North Korea has rejected the idea of resuming talks to end its nuclear programme, saying previous such attempts ended in failure, and reiterated its demand that the US come to the table to negotiate a peace treaty.
The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) welcomes the publication of a final accident evaluation report of the Swedish flagged vessel ‘Atlantic Cartier’, which had been transporting radioactive materials as part of its load in a major fire accident in Hamburg port. The vessel had arrived from Liverpool port, and regularly docks at UK ports to collect dangerous and other materials. The NFLA has taken a real interest in this incident, as it is symptomatic of wider concerns it has with the transportation of radioactive materials by sea in vessels which it believes are not up to the task, are often aging and may contain some critical safety flaws.