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Recycled leaders like Hague and IDS are better second time around

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:

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/maryriddell/100041312/recycled-leaders-like-hague-and-ids-are-better-second-time-around/  

Iran sanctions ‘holding up nuclear treaty negotiations’

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:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/iran-sanctions-holding-up-nuclear-treaty-negotiations-1977572.html

The threat of nuclear terrorism: a race between catastrophe and co-operation

“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)