Does Donald Trump Believe Nuclear War Is Inevitable?

In an article for Mother Jones American liberal political journalist David Corn explores President-elect Donald Trump’s thoughts and views on nuclear war. Whether it is inevitable, or whether it can be prevented.

“In just seven weeks, a man known for being ill-tempered, thin-skinned, narcissistic, and erratic will take control of the US nuclear arsenal. Donald Trump will have the authority and power to launch any combination of the country’s 4,500 nuclear weapons. At any time and for any reason he deems fit, Trump could destroy a nation and, through miscalculation, the world…

“Can a man who has said he views nuclear war as almost unavoidable but who couldn’t be bothered to learn the fundamentals of nuclear policy be the “good leader” who can steer humanity past the greatest of all threats? Trump’s campaign comments about nuclear weapons and the possibility of using them have not been reassuring. His previous remarks suggesting he believed nuclear war was all but inescapable are the stuff of nightmares.”

FULL STORY : www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/12/donald-trump-nuclear-war-weapons-inevitable

DATE : Mother Jones

SOURCE : 8 December 2016

US Develops New Missile Defense Interceptor Able to Destroy Multiple ICBM Threats

The US Missile Defense Agency is in the early stages of developing a next-generation ‘Star Wars’-type technology capable of destroying multiple incoming enemy targets out of space with a single interceptor.

The new system, called Multi-Object Kill Vehicle, or MOKV, is designed to release from a Ground Based Interceptor and destroy approaching Inter Continental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) and also take out decoys traveling alongside the incoming missile threat.

If the guidance systems of a ‘kill vehicle’ technology on a Ground Base Interceptor (GBI) cannot differentiate an actual nuclear-armed ICBM from a decoy then the incoming missile is more likely to get through and avoid being destroyed. MOKV is being developed to address this threat.

FULL STORY : www.scout.com/military/warrior/story/1670393-starwars-icbm-interceptor-hits-many-targets

DATE : 28 December 2016

SOURCE : Scout Warrior

Chairman Xi abandons banning the Bomb

On 27 October China faced another test of its willingness to lead on nuclear disarmament when The First Committee of the UN General Assembly voted on a resolution calling for negotiations toward a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons. China abstained.

Just days after the vote, at an international arms control conference in Suzhou, Du Xiangwan (a former vice-director of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and a founding father of the Chinese arms control community) opened his speech with a personal expression of disappointment in China’s decision at the UN vote. He argued that China should have joined the 123 nations that voted in favor of the UN resolution. He disagreed with the idea that Beijing should defer to Russia and the USA on the question of nuclear disarmament.

FULL STORY : thebulletin.org/nuclear-order-what-role-china/chairman-xi-abandons-banning-bomb

DATE : 29 November 2016

SOURCE : Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Russian senator promises nuclear response to NATO expansion

A member of the Committee on Defence and Security for Russia’s Upper House, Senator Franz Klintsevich, has said Russia will target any sites it considers to be a threat with nuclear weapons if NATO continues to try enlist new member-countries.

“In reply to NATO’s aggressive actions, to the alliance’s attempts to draw more and more nations into their orbit, there will be a harsh and unambiguous response from Russia’s side. We will aim our weapons, including the nuclear ones, at any of the alliance’s site that would threaten us, wherever these sites are placed.”

Senator Klintsevich added that by nuclear weapons he meant both stationary land-based systems, and mobile weapons, including sea- and air-based systems.

FULL STORY : www.rt.com/politics/368146-russian-senator-promises-nuclear-response

DATE : 25 November 2016

SOURCE : RT

China and nonproliferation : Divergence between policy and actions

A roundtable discussion from the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists about China’s policy of nuclear nonproliferation.

What effect the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States will have on China’s policy.

How China’s dealings on nuclear issues with North Korea, Pakistan and Iran sit with their nonproliferation policy.

Contributors to the roundtable discussion include Rajesh Rajagopalan, Gregory Kulacki and Hua Han.

FULL STORY : thebulletin.org/nuclear-order-what-role-china/china-and-nonproliferation-divergence-between-policy-and-actions

DATE : 21 November 2016

SOURCE : Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

India has effective deterrence against Chinese, Pakistan nukes – former National Security Adviser

India has effective deterrence against both China and Pakistan former National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon has said in his new book Choices. However while China’s nuclear weapons are a major strategic concern for India, Pakistan’s nuclear programme “remains a daily source of tactical worry” and both countries’ nuclear weapons programmes “are so closely linked… that they may effectively be treated as one”.

Shivshankar Menon’ book “Choices : Inside the Making of India’s Foreign Policy” was published on 30 October 2016 by Brookings Institution.

FULL STORY : economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/india-has-effective-deterrence-against-chinese-pak-nukes-former-nsa/articleshow/55581837.cms

DATE : 23 November 2016

SOURCE : The India Times / The Economic Times

North Korea could create ‘explosive outcome’ – former US Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman

North Korea could potentially create an “explosive outcome” as the communist nation has nuclear weapons and it is difficult to contain leader Kim Jong-un, according to Mike Mullen, former chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Retired Admiral Mullen expressed this view during an interview with ABC television’s ‘This Week’ as he discussed security problems US President-elect Donald Trump could face after taking office.

FULL STORY : english.yonhapnews.co.kr/northkorea/2016/11/28/0401000000AEN20161128000400315.html

DATE : 27 November 2016

SOURCE : Yonhap News Agency