The UN is debating a total ban on all nuclear weapons.
Talks begin today at the United Nations to negotiate a total ban of nuclear weapons. Over 3,600 scientists have signed an open letter supporting the ban.
The US’s 1952 ‘Ivy Mike’ test.
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Claims of the destructive powers of nuclear weapons have, for good reasons, been greatly exaggerated.
Trump’s access to nuclear weapons poses a new and unknown threat to global peace and security.
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Donald Trump will soon have command of thousands of nuclear weapons. This presents a new and unknown threat to global security - and an urgent incentive for all states to ban nuclear weapons.
Blasted trees in the aftermath of a bomb test at Maralinga.
On September 27, 1956, an atomic mushroom cloud rose above the Maralinga plain - the first of seven British bomb tests. Why was Australia so keen to put UK military interests ahead of its own people?
What are the implications of North Korea's claims to have detonated a thermonuclear weapon?
Rouhani addresses the UN General Assembly, September 28 2015.
Increasing trade and commerce will make it easier to verify the Iranians are keeping their promises under the nuclear agreement.
On August 6, 1945, a crude bomb containing 60 kilograms of highly enriched uranium exploded 580 metres above Hiroshima.
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Today's nuclear arsenals are so powerful that dropping a Hiroshima-size bomb every two hours for 70 years would not exhaust their destructive capacity. The global disarmament regime is broken.
Merrily we roll along.
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Fears that nuclear weapons would pop up all over the world post-1945 have proven to be overblown.
So there's now a real plan to sort out Iran's nuclear programme. What about all its other problems?
A nuclear test explosion from April 1954.
A number of states have given up on pursuing nuclear disarmament through the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Instead they are moving to create a new legal mechanism for banning nuclear weapons
A nuclear-capable Pakistani missile during testing in 2011. The international community hopes other aspiring nuclear nations can develop nuclear power without the military muscle.
Through history, nuclear power has gone hand in hand with the nuclear arms race. But does it have to be this way? Closer international cooperation can help nations embrace nuclear power peacefully.
Iran has never backed out of the nuclear nonproliferation regime in principle. But what about those who never signed up in the first place?
Now what will the people think?
Polls in Iran and US underscore the mutual popular mistrust that could scuttle a final deal.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) holds a meeting with Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif ® over Iran’s nuclear program in Lausanne on March 17, 2015.
The US is just one actor in an important global non-proliferation regime that works towards preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.
Ready to settle?
Iran is being pushed to the edge by sanctions over its nuclear programme. Will its dying Supreme Leader cave to the pressure?
Clockwatchers are getting impatient.
The second hand of the Doomsday Clock is now only three minutes to midnight. This is the closest to apocalypse we have come since 1984 – the coldest of Cold War years, just a year after Able Archer, the…
Many in the West suddenly seem to think we’re on the road to a new Cold War. Talk of a return to the era of nuclear rivalry swirls around Russia’s muscular and belligerent grandstanding over Ukraine, and…
It is estimated that 73,000 people died within seconds in Nagasaki, the second Japanese city to fall victim to the atomic bomb.
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With the end of the Cold War, the nuclear arms race came to a virtual halt, but the nuclear threat remained. In regional rivalries, such as those in the south Asia subcontinent, northeast Asia, and the…
Neptune’s own prongs.
Nowhere was the relief over Scotland’s decision last week to remain part of the United Kingdom more acutely felt than with those responsible for Britain’s nuclear deterrent system, Trident. The Scottish…
This is an opportunity for dialogue.
Ever since I was a teenager in the renewed Cold War of the 1980s, I have feared losing not only my life, but the lives of everyone, absolutely everyone, in a nuclear conflagration. It is easy to forget…