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EU Affirms Iran Deal Compliance, Rejects Renegotiation

By Kelsey Davenport

Photo: Federica Mogherini, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, speaks to journalists following meeting of the

The writer is director for nonproliferation policy at the Arms Control Association. This article first appeared on September 21, 2017. – The Editor.

WASHINGTION, D.C. (IDN-INPS) – EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini stated unequivocally after a ministerial meeting between the P5+1 (China, France Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States) and Iran that all parties agreed that the nuclear deal is being fully implemented and there are no violations.

She said that the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is delivering on its purpose, and there is “no need to renegotiate parts of the agreement.” Mogherini said that issues outside the scope of the deal should be “tackled in different formats, in different fora.”

Sri Lanka Criticised for Not Signing the UN Nuke Ban Treaty

By J Nastranis

Photo: UNGA adopted the Treaty Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons, on 7 July 2017. Credit. UNODA

NEW YORK | COLOMBO (IDN) – Sri Lanka has refrained from signing the landmark UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that was adopted by 122 countries on July 7, 2017 and opened for signature on September 20 at the UN headquarters in New York.

The decision not to sign the Treaty has triggered questions and concern at home and abroad. “Sri Lanka voted for the resolution adopting this very same Treaty [. . .], when we had a different Foreign Minister and Foreign Secretary. Has there now been a change of policy after a new minister assumed office?,” wonders the Friday Forum, a think tank based in Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka.

Reminiscing ‘War Criminal’ McNamara as Trump Spits Out ‘Fire and Fury’ on North Korea

Viewpoint by Jonathan Power*

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LUND, Sweden (IDN-INPS) – Out of the blue the war in Vietnam is in the news. Yet it is not the fiftieth anniversary of America’s defeat in Vietnam when North Vietnam caused it to flee. It’s only the forty-second.

Part of this must be fearful parallels with the moral and strategic blindness of President Donald Trump who seems to believe in uttering his life and death rhetoric, akin to President Richard Nixon’s on Vietnam, hoping to frighten the enemy into submission – in this case North Korea. Many people are worried that Trump is ready to fight America’s biggest war since Vietnam. As did Henry Kissinger, Nixon’s National Security Advisor, he appears to be considering the use of nuclear weapons.

Opening for Signature of the UN Treaty a Milestone for Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons

国联条约开放供签署,为禁止核武器立下里程碑联合国裁军事务高级代表和大使Sergio Duarte

【联合国(IDN)=Sergio Duarte】

Applause for adoption of the UN Treaty Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons on July 7, 2017 in New York. Credit: ICAN9月20日在纽约,禁止核武器合约的开放供签署是国际社会长期致力于消除人类发明的最具毁灭性,最残忍武器的一个里程碑性事件。


Ulaanbaatar Conference Stresses the Role of Individual States in Nuclear Disarmament Process



'International Conference on Nuclear Disarmament Issues: Global and Regional Aspects' on August 31-September 1 /The Blue Banner国際連合安全保障理事会(安保理)は、これまでで最大規模の核実験(通算6回目)に踏み切った朝鮮民主主義人民共和国(DPRK)に対して、全会一致で制裁強化に合意する一方、6か国協議の再開を呼びかけた。


UN Panel Remains Sceptical about Sanctions on North Korea



Army-People Rallies Hail Success in H-bomb Test. Credit: The Rodong Sinmun.国連安全保障理事会(安保理)は、朝鮮民主主義人民共和国(DPRK)に対する従来で最も厳しい制裁措置に全会一致で合意する6日前、これまでの制裁措置の履行について明るい見通しとは程遠い内容の報告書を受け取っていた。


Conference Calls for Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Becoming International Law

By Jamshed Baruah

Photo: Tenth Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) on 20 September 2017 in New York. Credit: CTBTO

UNITED NATIONS (IDN) – “A CTBT that is in force would be a milestone on the road to a world free of nuclear weapons. It has the potential to prevent a nuclear arms race and an escalation of regional and bilateral tensions,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres. He was referring to the Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) that bans nuclear testing on the Earth’s surface, in the atmosphere, underwater, and underground.

“Make no mistake: we need this Treaty,” said Miroslav Lajcák, President of the UN General Assembly. “I applaud the CTBT Preparatory Commission for raising awareness about the dangers associated with testing and for its partnership with the United Nations,” added Guterres.

Ascoltiamo le voci delle e degli hibakusha che chiedono a tutti gli stati di firmare il Trattato sulla Messa al Bando delle Armi Nucleari

di Daisaku Ikeda, Presidente della Soka Gakkai Internazionale

Tokyo (IDN) – Il Trattato sulla Messa al Bando delle Armi Nucleari, approvato alle Nazioni Unite lo scorso luglio, sarà presto aperto alla firma. Quasi due terzi degli stati membri delle Nazioni Unite hanno preso parte ai negoziati che hanno dato vita a questo trattato, ed è molto commovente assistere ai primi passi concreti verso la sua entrata in vigore. Spero ardentemente che i 122 stati che ne hanno sostenuto l’adozione saranno affiancati da altri che lo sottoscriveranno, così da potere diventare legge internazionale nel più breve tempo possibile.

Kazakhstan Plans a Summit of Nuclear Weapon States with an Eye on a Nuke-free World

By Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Kazakhstan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs

Photo: Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s 72nd session on 21 September 2017. Credit: UN Photo/Cia Pak

Following are extensive excerpts from Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov’s address to the United Nations General Assembly on September 21, 2017 in New York. He draws attention to President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s initiative “to convene a summit of all states possessing nuclear weapons to collectively discuss further steps towards their nuclear disarmament and attaining nuclear-weapon-free world,” and “to call for joint efforts to ensure that the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons enters into force by 2020″, the 50th anniversary of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons entering into force.” – The Editor

U.S. State Secretary Lauds Kazakh Decision to Renounce Nukes

Photo (left to right): Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the sidelines of the US-Islamic World summit in Riyadh in May 2017. Credit:

UNITED NATIONS (IDN) – “The Republic of Kazakhstan is a particularly illustrative example of the wisdom of relinquishing nuclear weapons,” according to Rex W. Tillerson, the U.S. Secretary of State. He was addressing the United Nations Security Council Session on Nuclear Non-Proliferation on September 21, 2017.

“In partnership with the United States, and aided by the Cooperative Threat Reduction Act spearheaded by U.S. Senators Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar, Kazakhstan opted to remove from its territory former Soviet weapons and related nuclear technologies, and joined the Non-Proliferation Treaty as a non-weapons state,” Tillerson added.



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