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Iran has changed course. Now the US must do the same | Jonathan Steele, The Guardian

How Iran’s former nuclear negotiator Hassan Rouhani, who has been elected president of Iran will proceed once he takes office is not yet clear, but one of his former aides on the nuclear file, Hossein Mousavian, recently highlighted a proposal that Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran’s foreign minister, made last year. Salehi offered to turn Khamenei’s 2003 fatwa banning nuclear weapons ...

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UN Takes on Disarmament’s Next Frontier: Killer Robots | The Nation

Building on successful campaigns to ban land mines and control the sale of conventional weapons, representatives of antiwar movements and a host of other civil society organizations meeting at the United Nations on June 6 turned their attention to a new menace whose development they hope to forestall: killer robots. The briefing, sponsored by the Swiss government and the UN’s ...

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‘Those silly things are still there’: US nukes stored in Netherlands | RT News

Around 22 US nuclear weapons are still being stored in the Netherlands, former Dutch Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers told Dutch TV. WikiLeaks had previously leaked information that US missiles were being kept there as late as 2009. Lubbers, who was President of the Netherlands from 1982 to 1994, said the nuclear weapons were kept underground in purpose-built strongrooms at the ...

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Arms Trade Treaty: Open For Business | UN Dispatch

The Arms Trade Treaty opened up for signatures yesterday and 63 countries have signed it in the first 24 hours. The treaty will officially enter into force when 50 countries ratify it. Signing a treaty and ratifying it are two different things. Governments sign the treaty to show its intent to ratify. The ratification process can take a while depending ...

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Listen as Albert Einstein Calls for Peace and Social Justice in 1945 ‘The War is Won, But the Peace is Not’ | Open Culture

The speech was delivered on December 10, 1945, at the Fifth Nobel Anniversary Dinner at the Hotel Astor in New York. Only four months earlier, the United States had dropped atomic bombs on civilian populations in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Einstein didn’t work on the atomic bomb, but in 1939 he had signed a letter to President ...

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U.N. Can Help Devalue Nukes as Geopolitical Currency | www.iede.co.uk

Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II

When the 193-member U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) holds is first-ever high-level meeting on nuclear disarmament next September, there is little or no hope that any of the nuclear powers will make a firm commitment to gradually phase out or abandon their lethal arsenals. At the beginning of 2013, eight states – UK, the United States, Russia, France, China, India, Pakistan ...

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UN Regional Centre supports Argentina in enhancing small arms stockpile management | UN Office On Disarmament Affairs

The newly refurbished main armory of Argentina’s Federal Police was unveiled jointly by the Ministry of Security of Argentina and the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs – through its Regional Disarmament Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and Caribbean (UNLIREC). Improvements to the Federal Police armory were carried out based on technical recommendations made by UNLIREC in ...

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Welfare or Warfare?…The UK government has made their choice very clear at the expense of the taxpayer | CAATblog

On May 14, 2013, the UK Trade and Investment: Defence and Security Organisation (UKTI DSO) held a symposium at the BIS conference centre in Westminster, London. In order to facilitate the networking of UK small and medium-sized arms enterprises with larger companies and to provide ‘advice, information and support to increase their sales opportunities in the defence and security sectors ...

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