Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that it was unacceptable for North Korea’s dictator to ‘potentially’ have a nuclear weapon to hold over the heads of western nations, despite the International Atomic
Energy Association’s confirmation four years ago that the rogue state was very much a nuclear power.
(Daily Mail 17th Dec 2013)
Ministry of Defence publishes list of submarine base nuclear safety incidents – north of Scotland newspaper the Press & Journal reported a catalogue of errors at British nuclear bases (Clyde and Devonport), including a power supply failure to submarine berths, leakage from a tap left on in a radioactive waste tank, melting of an ice plug, and a loss of electricity caused when steam valves were mistakenly closed. These are only a few of a string of nuclear incidents and near misses involving Britain’s nuclear submarine fleet over the last five years. As this information was in response to a parliamentary question, further details can be found at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm131022/text/131022w0001.htm#131022w0001.htm_wqn75
IPPNW Report on the consequences of limited nuclear exchange
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and its US affiliate Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) have released a new report concluding that more than two billion people—a quarter of the world’s population—would be at risk of starvation in the event of a limited nuclear exchange, such as one that could occur between India and Pakistan, or by the use of even a small number of the nuclear weapons held by the US and Russia.
Nuclear Famine: Two Billion People at Risk? updates a study originally written by Dr. Helfand in 2012. Like the previous edition, the report is based upon research published by climate scientists who have assessed the impact of nuclear explosions on the Earth’s atmosphere and other ecosystems. More information can be found at http://www.ippnw.org/nuclear-famine.html