“The Review Conference snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.” said BASIC Program Director Anne Penketh, quoted in The Huffington Post.
Yesterday’s announcement that the government would stick to a limit of 225 nuclear warheads has been rightly welcomed by BASIC (the British American Security Information Council) as a next step in transparency and disarmament.
Mary Riddell references BASIC in her commentary. Read more:
The Royal United Services Institute suggested cut of £11bn by keeping the Trident submarines in harbour quoted BASIC's information.
The unveiling of the Iran sanctions resolution “has changed the atmosphere here”, noted Anne Penketh who is monitoring the view. The conference, she noted, “has been on a knife-edge from the get-go and I think it still is”.
BASIC Program Director Anne Penketh quoted by The Independent. Read more:
“I think the Americans have got an uphill struggle based on the speeches here today.”
BASIC Program Director Anne Penketh quoted in The Guardian, on the opening-day of the NPT Review Conference.
“The big shift in this relationship has been the election of Obama, which has been basically a shift away from traditional alliances and towards reaching out to new relationships around the world.”
BASIC Executive Director Paul Ingram quoted in RT News.
“If there was an incident of nuclear terrorism, what happens thereafter? You can imagine if al Qa’eda attacked. You can see them saying, ‘Actually we’ve got more. We will blast more at a time that we choose.’ Even if it was not true there would be panicked emptying of cities globally. If an incident happened in an American city, the US would be under enormous pressure to use enormous military force to target whoever is connected in any way. You’d have widespread instability and conflict.”
BASIC Research Director Dr. Ian Kearns quoted in The National (Abu Dhabi)
“New international sanctions won’t be the ‘crippling’ ones sought by the West. There are likely to be plenty of sanctions-busting operations that reduce their impact.”
BASIC Executive Director Paul Ingram quoted by Reuters via the National Post (Canada).