US News

February 2013

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission plans to give security guards protecting spent fuel storage sites at power plants high-capacity weapons.

Chuck Hagel, the next US secretary of defense, would be the first holder of the post to have publicly advocated sharply decreasing the number of US nuclear weapons.  Conservatives in Congress fear that he could endorse unilateral nuclear reductions.  He is a supporter of ‘Global Zero’, which promotes the world-wide elimination of nuclear weapons.  But US anti-nuclear campaigners doubt that his future actions will match his past words, and point out that he has already signed another set of sanctions against Tehran.