World Nuke Spending to Top $1 Trillion Per Decade
June 2011 | Link to original articleHaving contributed to the two definitive studies of U.S. nuclear weapons spending (Brooking's Atomic Audit: The Costs and Consequences of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Since 1940 and Carnegie Endowment's Nuclear Security Spending: Assessing Costs, Examining Priorities) which found that the United States incurred a cost of nearly $6 trillion on its nuclear weapons program from 1940-1996, I cast my net wider to capture the entire world's spending on nukes. The result: a massive amount of money will go down the drain over the next decade.
The 8.5 nuclear weapons countries (North Korea is half-way there) are passing a new milestone this year by collectively spending approximately one hundred billion dollars on their nuclear programs. That tidy sum represents about 9 percent of their total annual military spending.
Al Jazeera, 29 May 2013.
Defence minister says Israel "will know what to do" if anti-aircraft missiles reach conflict-torn neighbouring country.
Israel has said it will act if Russia delivers promised anti-aircraft missiles to its ally Syria, in an apparent allusion to another air raid on the neighbouring country.
Moshe Yaalon, Israeli defence minister, issued his warning on Tuesday shortly after a senior official in Moscow said the Russian government reserved the right to provide Syria with state-of-the-art S-300 air defence missiles. "As far as we are concerned, that is a threat," Yaalon said.
By Jamey Keaten, abc NEWS, 9 Jan 2013.
France's president says the country will maintain its costly nuclear arsenal despite looming military budget cuts, saying the weapons are essential for national defense.
President Francois Hollande said Wednesday that global security threats have made nuclear weapons essential for France, which is the only country in continental Europe to have them.
Al Jazeera, 26 Apr 2013.
The US has said that Syria has probably used chemical weapons against rebel forces on a "small scale," but emphasized that intelligence services were still not 100 percent sure. US spy agencies have investigated reports from Syrian opposition groups that President Bashar al-Assad's forces have used sarin gas on at least two occasions during the two-year-old conflict.
Yonhap News, 4 Feb 2013.
North Korea exhibited the fuselage of what is presumed to be the long-range rocket it launched in December, and explicitly called it a ballistic missile, despite its claims to the outside world that the Unha-3 was part of its peaceful space development program, a report said Monday.
Al Jazeera, 17 Apr 2013
The US Senate has rejected a bipartisan plan to expand background checks for gun buyers, dealing a sharp blow to President Barack Obama's campaign to curb gun violence after the Newtown school massacre.
Despite emotional pleas from families of victims of the Newtown, Connecticut, shootings and broad public support nationwide, the plan to extend background checks to online and gun-show sales failed on a 54-46 vote on Wednesday, six votes short of the 60-vote hurdle needed to clear the Senate.
The Washington Post, 8 Jan 2013.
A Paris court has convicted nine people for links to a militant group that the U.N. Security Council has described as an al-Qaida affiliate.
The trial that began last month came four years after police in France, Germany and the Netherlands rounded up the suspects.
World Nuclear News, 14 May 2013.
Uranium production has begun at North Butte, a satellite facility to Cameco's Smith Ranch-Highland in situ leach (ISL) uranium project in Wyoming, in a step described as a significant milestone for the company's US operations.
Operated by Cameco Resources, North Butte is expected to produce approximately 300,000 pounds U3O8 (115 tU) in 2013, ramping up to over 700,000 pounds (269 tU) per year by 2015. Uranium-bearing resin from North Butte will be processed to produce uranium concentrate at Smith Ranch-Highland's existing facilities. Smith Ranch-Highland produced 1.1 million pounds U3O8 (423 tU) in 2012.
UPI, 8 Jan 2013.
Nuclear experts said they are worried about a potential stockpile of as much as 50 tons of unenriched uranium the Assad government has in Syria.
The uranium is thought to stretch back to an attempt in the mid-2000s to build a nuclear bomb. In 2007, when speculation abound that Assad's regime was close to building the bomb, Israeli warplanes bombed the nuclear reactor at al-Kibar.
World Nuclear News, 4 Feb 2013.
Both agreements were signed in Buenos Aires on 29 January by utility Nucleoeléctrica Argentina SA and China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) in the presence of Argentine federal planning minister Julio de Vido, Chinese ambassador Yin Hengmin and CNNC president Mao Xiaoming.
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