Obama at nuclear summit: ‘madmen’ threaten global security

The best way of making sure this will never happen, is to destroy and get rid of all nuclear weapons now.

US president issues warning to leaders but says that since first summit six years ago, the world has taken ‘concrete, tangible steps’ to reduce nuclear terrorism

US president issues warning to leaders but says that since first summit six years ago, the world has taken ‘concrete, tangible steps’ to reduce nuclear terrorism

“The danger of a terrorist group obtaining and using a nuclear weapon is one of the greatest threats to global security,” said Obama, convening the meeting of more than 50 world leaders in Washington.

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North Korea says it successfully conducts hydrogen bomb test

Hong Kong (CNN)North Korea says it has successfully carried out a hydrogen bomb test, which if confirmed, will be a first for the reclusive regime and a significant advancement for its military ambitions.

A hydrogen bomb is more powerful than plutonium weapons, which is what North Korea used in its three previous underground nuclear tests.

“If there’s no invasion on our sovereignty we will not use nuclear weapon,” the North Korean state news agency said. “This H-bomb test brings us to a higher level of nuclear power.”

The United States Geological Service reported a 5.1 magnitude quake on Wednesday that South Korea said was 49km (30 miles) from the Punggye-ri site where the North has conducted nuclear tests in the past.

An official from the South Korean meteorological administration said: “We suspect a man-made earthquake and are analysing the scale and epicentre of the quake with the geoscience and mineral resource institute of South Korea.”

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Trident: Nuclear deterrent under threat from underwater drones, expert warns

Advances in technology may turn Britain’s £31bn nuclear submarine programme into an expensive liability

Britain’s independent nuclear deterrent could be torpedoed by an increasingly sophisticated breed of underwater drone, a leading defence expert has warned.

Rapid advances in underwater drone technology – autonomous underwater vehicles that can be controlled by ship- or land-based operators – threaten to make the controversial Trident nuclear submarines vulnerable, according to Paul Ingram, the chief executive of the British American Security Information Council (Basic).

Submarines have traditionally been seen as capable of providing stealth and invulnerability to pre-emptive attacks. The current requirement for Trident replacement subs is for them to operate as near to silently as possible.

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Russia reveals giant nuclear Cobalt torpedo

Secret plans for a Russian long-range nuclear torpedo have been revealed by a Russian TV-channel.

According to president Putin,  Russia will continue developing strategic offensive systems capable of penetrating any anti-missile defence.

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According to state-run Rossiiskaya Gazeta, the destructive power attributed to the new torpedo’s warhead would fit the description of a cobalt bomb.

Such a weapon would guarantee “that everything living will be killed”, the paper said – there would not even be any survivors in bunkers.

A cobalt bomb has never been tested because of the devastating radiation it would unleash.

Russian military experts told BBC Russian Service:

A warhead of up to 100 megatons could produce a tsunami up to 500m (1,650ft) high, wiping out all living things 1,500km (930 miles) deep inside US territory.

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Congratulations to Aung San Suu Kyi and NLD

According to the preliminary results, NLD with Aung San Suu Kyi got 80% of the votes during the Burmese election yesterday.

Bike For Peace has supported the democratic process in Burma for many years, and we hope that this election is the beginning of a more democratic future for the people of Burma.

Our president Tore Naerland has had many meetings with Aung San Suu Kyi on his visits to Burma.

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Scottish Labour to vote on abolishing Trident nuclear deterrent

The Scottish Labour party is to vote on abolishing Britain’s nuclear deterrent after delegates voted heavily in favour of a debate on the Trident missile system.

The decision to debate cancelling Trident’s replacement at Scottish Labour’s annual conference this weekend came as activists applauded calls from Jeremy Corbyn for the party to embrace “the sunshine of socialism”.

On Friday, delegates overwhelmingly backed calls from constituency parties to hold a potentially divisive vote on Trident’s renewal on Sunday: the party’s leadership is split on the issue, with unions and MSPs at loggerheads.

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U.S. Exploring Deal to Limit Pakistan’s Nuclear Arsenal

The Obama administration is exploring a deal with Pakistan that would limit the scope of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal, the fastest-growing on Earth. The talks are the first in the decade since one of the founders of its nuclear programAbdul Qadeer Khan, was caught selling the country’s nuclear technology around the world.

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Pakistan’s leaders watched in March as a Pakistani-developed Shaheen II missile, which is capable of carrying nuclear warheads, rolled by during a Republic Day parade in Islamabad.CreditT Mughal/European Pressphoto Agency

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The Nobel Peace Prize for 2015 goes to Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015 is to be awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011. The Quartet was formed in the summer of 2013 when the democratization process was in danger of collapsing as a result of political assassinations and widespread social unrest. It established an alternative, peaceful political process at a time when the country was on the brink of civil war. It was thus instrumental in enabling Tunisia, in the space of a few years, to establish a constitutional system of government guaranteeing fundamental rights for the entire population, irrespective of gender, political conviction or religious belief.

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The National Dialogue Quartet has comprised four key organizations in Tunisian civil society: the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT, Union Générale Tunisienne du Travail), the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA, Union Tunisienne de l’Industrie, du Commerce et de l’Artisanat), the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH, La Ligue Tunisienne pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme), and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers (Ordre National des Avocats de Tunisie). These organizations represent different sectors and values in Tunisian society: working life and welfare, principles of the rule of law and human rights. On this basis, the Quartet exercised its role as a mediator and driving force to advance peaceful democratic development in Tunisia with great moral authority. The Nobel Peace Prize for 2015 is awarded to this Quartet, not to the four individual organizations as such.

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Nato updates Cold War playbook as Putin vows to build nuclear stockpile

Defence chiefs fear they no longer understand Russia’s behaviour, as Kremlin waves ‘nuclear sabre’ at the West

Britain and its Nato allies are to review their preparedness for a nuclear standoff with Russia in response to President Putin’s threats to upgrade his nuclear arsenal, the Telegraph has learnt.In a return of the atomic chess games of the Cold War, Western defence ministers will conduct an audit of what they know about the Kremlin’s nuclear doctrine.In an usual move, they are expected to hold an additional meeting of the Nato Nuclear Planning Group, a body established in the sixties to co-ordinate defence plans against the Soviet Union.Western military planners are concerned that they do not understand the significance of Putin’s increasingly aggressive rhetoric.

Separately, it can be revealed that the Ministry of Defence last year changed its reported defence spending, in a move that allowed it to count the money paid by soldiers on rent towards the Nato target of two per cent of GDP.

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