Bits From Abroad

January 2012


Indonesia has ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, increasing the number of states that have ratified to 156.
Nuclear states China and the US are amongst those whose governments have still not ratified the treaty, though both have signed it.
Please ask China to ratify, by e-mailing
or writing to: 49 Portland Place, London W1B 1JL




Saudi Arabia may consider aquiring nuclear weapons to match Israel and Iran.




The Russian President has said Moscow might have to take countermeasures, including reassessing Russia’s commitment to nuclear arms control, if the US proceeds with missile defence deployments in Europe.





Israel and the United States are planning a joint missile defence exercise.

The United Nations general budget has been cut to less than 10% of what the US spends annually on nuclear weapons.


France and its national electricity supplier, EDF, have been told they will need to spend billions of euros on making their 58 nuclear reactors conform to new safety standards deemed necessary after last year’s disaster at Fukushima.


In India, there have been protests to prevent the opening of a new nuclear power plant.