North Korea's Nuclear Disappearing Act

DPRK Disappearing Act thumbThere were no major surprises in North Korea’s September 9 military parade.

Although North Korea has not yet broadcast the parade, images taken by journalists in Pyongyang show that the parade line-up was identical to the lineup seen in a satellite image taken on August 22. Contrary to some earlier prognostications, the parade on Sunday was smaller than the one in February, smaller than past parades, and did not include any nuclear-armed systems.

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The impact of Brexatom

burges thmbWhile it is the government’s intention to import all applicable EU law (including Euratom law) directly into the UK legal system in the so called Great Repeal Bill, this will only be practical for safeguards if the UK retains full membership of the Euratom Community during any transitional period agreed with the EU.

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Can Europe save the JCPOA?

can eu save JCPOAOn May 8, President Trump “withdrew” the United States from a deal agreed by his predecessor to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. US withdrawal was not foreseen when the agreement was drafted, nor was the possibility that the United States might stand in isolation from its closest international partners. Withdrawal also did not mean that the deal ended.

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Safeguards Provisions in the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Safeguards ProvisionsSince its adoption by 122 states on 7 July 2017, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) has frequently been made the target of criticism as regards its Safeguards provisions. The following provides an analysis of these clauses as contained in the Treaty’s Articles 3 and 4, outlines the main arguments that have been leveled against the Treaty in this regard, and responds to these.

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Nuclear Safeguards and the Security of Nuclear Materials

Nuclear Safeguards thumbNuclear technology is Janus-headed; it is a dual-use technology with both peaceful and military applications. Concerns about the misuse of peaceful applications of nuclear energy were at first focused on states seeking nuclear weapons. The first concepts for restricting nuclear energy to peaceful purposes were proposed in the context of a broad international agreement under the auspices of the newly formed United Nations.

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