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July 9, 2007

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Welcome to Nuclear Non-Proliferation News, a monthly news service from the Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy. We aim to provide links to a selection of UK and international news stories relevant to UK and NATO nuclear weapons issues. An archive of press coverage is available on our website at: www.acronym.org.uk/news. We welcome your comments and feedback. Please send your comments to info@acronym.org.uk.

In this month's edition

UK News


Gordon Brown's New Cabinet and Washington's Reaction

Washington uneasy over Brown's anti-war ministers
Tom Baldwin in Washington, The Times, July 2, 2007
Gordon Brown's appointment of ministers critical of the Bush Administration and the Iraq war has triggered unease in Washington after the departure of its close ally, Tony Blair. Although the new Prime Minister emphasises his belief in the importance of Britain's relationship with President Bush and the US, he has also delivered what one Pentagon source described yesterday as "some conflicting signals".

Lib Dems' Williams agrees to advise Brown
Press Association, July 6, 2007
The ultimate aim should be the abolition of nuclear weapons, she said, and moving towards that would require "a clear commitment by the nuclear powers that they'll move towards a substantial reduction".
"In fairness to the government, we've moved some way towards a reduction, but we've got further to go and we've got to take others with us," she said.
Mr Brown has rejected calls to scrap plans to replace the Trident nuclear submarine missile system. Last month he said: ""I want to see a reduction in nuclear weapons, but as part of multilateral disarmament."

Go to Australia or use your own judgment
Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian, June 28, 2007
After the pomp and ceremony of his departure from Buckingham Palace, his speech on the doorstep at No 10, and a partial reshuffle, Gordon Brown's role as prime minister began with an onerous and somewhat sobering task. Tony Blair, when faced with the duty, immediately went white in the face, said onlookers. John Major couldn't face it: he went home for the weekend.

Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett signals new focus on disarmament

UK to push for nuclear disarmament
James Blitz, FT.com, June 24, 2007
In a speech in Washington, Margaret Beckett, the UK foreign secretary, will on Monday spell out details of how ­Britain wants to become a “disarmament laboratory”, unveiling concrete steps to champion multilateral nuclear reductions.
Mrs Beckett, who has been foreign secretary for little more than a year, might lose her post when Mr Brown unveils his government line-up on Thursday. However, senior British diplomats say she has discussed Monday’s disarmament speech at length with Mr Brown.

Beckett signals renewed focus on disarmament
Politics.co.uk, June 26, 2007
Britain will push for bilateral nuclear disarmament when Gordon Brown takes over as prime minister, the foreign secretary indicated last night... Ms Beckett said: ... "Almost no one - politician, military strategist or scientist - thinks that warheads in those numbers are still necessary to guarantee international security. "It should not therefore be controversial to suggest that there remains room for further significant reductions."

Scottish Parliament votes against Trident

MSPs vote against Trident renewal
BBC News Online, June 14, 2007
The Scottish Parliament has voted against renewing Trident nuclear weapons - the first time Holyrood has taken a clear position on the issue. The motion, backed by 71 MSPs to 16, with 39 abstentions, also congratulated the majority of Scots MPs for voting against a replacement system.

Holyrood defies Westminster over Trident submarines replacement
Louise Gray, The Scotsman, June 15, 2007
THE Scottish Parliament, including four Labour MSPs, last night voted to reject Tony Blair's plans to replace Trident. It is the first time Holyrood has taken a clear position against the nuclear weapons system based on the Clyde.

New Navy Aircraft Carriers could be based at Faslane

Navy’s new carriers could be based at Faslane
Ian Bruce, The Herald, July 5, 2007
The Faslane submarine base on the Clyde could end up as home port to Britain's planned £3.8bn aircraft carriers as well as the Trident nuclear deterrent squadron, under proposals being considered by naval chiefs. Insiders say plans to scrap one of the Royal Navy's three remaining bases - Faslane, Portsmouth or Devonport - have now been abandoned in favour of efficiency savings of more than £30m a year at each site and a redistribution of warships.

AWE opens its doors to the media for the day

How to build a greener H-bomb
Daily Telegraph, June 26, 2007
Super-lasers could help to develop Britain's next generation of nuclear weapons, reports Roger Highfield
The steel skeleton of a building the shape of a teardrop rears high above the barbed wire that surrounds the sprawling site where Britain maintains its home-grown nuclear weapons.

Aldermaston's bomb factory opens its gates
Reading Evening Post, June 21, 2007
Every few years the nuclear bomb factory in Aldermaston throws open its gates to the press. Actually, the gates are opened just a chink and a selection of heavily vetted reporters and broadcasters file past Ministry of Defence police officers carrying big guns before they are allowed in.

Lifting the lid on AWE
Newbury Weekly News, June 29 2007
Atomic Weapons Establishment invites newburytoday behind the scenes to take a sneak peek at work on its new laser
THE UK's nuclear research centre at Aldermaston is more used to sealing its gates off to peace protestors than opening itself up to the public gaze. Last week, however, and for the first time in more than ten years, the nation's press were allowed to peer inside one of the nation's most secretive organisations.

Demonstrations at Aldermaston and Faslane

Police look to combat AWE demonstrators
By Eleanor Stride, This is Hampshire.net, July 1, 2007
POLICE may lobby for extra powers to combat demonstrators blocking roads around the Atomic Weapons Establishment, in Aldermaston.

Students Against Trident blockade North and South gates at Faslane nuclear base
Indymedia.co.uk, June 29, 2007
9 students were arrested this morning at Faslane nuclear base after blockading the road for 40 minutes.

US reduces Nuclear Weapons based in Germany

US Withdraws Nuclear Weapons From Main German Base
Hans M. Kristensen, Strategic Security Blog, July 9, 2007
The U.S. Air Force appears to have quietly removed nuclear weapons from its main base at Ramstein in Germany, leaving only one nuclear base in the country. The removal reduces the estimated number of U.S. nuclear weapons in Europe from approximately 440 to around 350, an arsenal roughly the size of the entire French nuclear arsenal. The remaining weapons are deployed at seven bases in six NATO countries.

Nuclear weapons funding progresses through the US Senate

U.S. Senate OKs $66M for Reliable Replacement Warhead
William Matthews, Defense News, June 28, 2007
Senate appropriators voted June 28 to spend $66 million on the Reliable Replacement Warhead in 2008.

Senate funding plan advances
Roger Snodgrass, Monitor Assistant Editor, Los Alamos Monitor, July 2, 2007
An appropriation bill that includes funding for Los Alamos National Laboratory sailed out of committee Thursday with a unanimous 28-0 endorsement. The Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), as well as the Bureau of Reclamation and Army Corps of Engineers.
If passed by the Senate after the holiday recess, the measure would contrast with a bill now waiting for approval in the House on funding for nuclear projects at LANL. Senate Appropriation Committee approved a $32.7 billion bill containing funds for the Department of Energy and its nuclear weapons activities under the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), as well as the Bureau of Reclamation and Army Corps of Engineers.

STRATFOR on US missile defence plans

U.S.: The Real Reason Behind Ballistic Missile Defense
STRATFOR, June 18, 2007
The U.S. ballistic missile defense system slated for Poland and the Czech Republic has been continually touted as intended to counter long-range Iranian missiles -- which is true -- but it is also entirely consistent with long-term U.S. strategy.

Russian Ballistic Missile Test

Russia carries out successful missile test
AFP, June 29, 2007
MOSCOW, June 28, 2007 (AFP) - Russia has carried out a successful test of a sea-based intercontinental missile from a nuclear submarine, the military said Thursday. The test on the new Bulava ballistic missile was conducted in the White Sea off Russia's northwest coast, military spokesman Igor Dygalo told AFP.

First images of Chinese nuclear submarine

Top-secret Chinese sub surfaces on internet maps
Eric Rosenberg in Washington, The Sydney Morning Herald, July 9, 2007
THE first publicly available pictures have emerged of China's new Jin-class nuclear-powered submarine, which is capable of firing intercontinental ballistic missiles against the US.

Inching towards fissile material talks

Fissile material ban talks inch towards consensus
Siddharth Varadarajan, The Hindu, July 2, 2007
Pakistan, China, Iran not satisfied with United Nations Disarmament plan
New Delhi: The United Nations' Conference on Disarmament ended its second session of the year in Geneva on Friday with all 65 members barring Pakistan, China and Iran indicating their willingness to begin immediate negotiations towards the conclusion of a treaty banning the production of fissile material for weapons purposes.

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