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SCND response to Gordon Brown on replacing Trident

The Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament criticised the Chancellor for support for replacing Trident \"Gordon Brown has pre-empted the debate

Submarine Accidents

On 26 May the Faslane based submarine HMS Superb collided with rocks in the Red Sea 80 miles South of Suez.

US patrols near Cold War tempo

The US Navy is continuing to keep nuclear-armed submarines on patrol at a tempo similar to that maintained during the Cold War.  This has been revealed in a new report from Hans Kristensen of the Federation of American Scientists.

Papers released under the Freedom of Information Act show that in 2008 the US Trident fleet conducted 31 nuclear deterrent patrols.  The 1,000 patrol by a Trident submarine was completed on 11 February 2009.

Federation of American Scientist Blog

Reactor explosion at Fukushima

Fukushima reactor explosionSpeaking about the nuclear accident in Japan, John Ainslie (Coordinator of Scottish CND) said: "The explosion at the Fukushima reactor is a sobering reminder of the risks that we face in Scotland from nuclear power and Trident.  This accident comes only days after the Navy admitted that the reactors on British submarines are 'significantly below benchmarked good practice', and weeks before the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.  We shouldn't wait until there is a explosion here before we make this country nuclear-free". Video of Fukushima reactor explosion.

Scottish CND supports YES campaign

The Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, after a lively debate at its annual conference on Saturday 17 November, agreed to support the YES campaign. The resolution which was adopted says,

“Conference urges all members to give priority to the campaign for a 'YES vote' in the 2014 Independence Referendum which will give the Scottish Government a mandate to negotiate a written constitution with a clause on No Nuclear Weapons in Scotland.

“Conference resolves that SCND affiliates to and promotes the “Yes” Campaign as the most immediate and effective way of getting rid of Trident.”

Nuclear Ban - Citizen's signing ceremony

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons opened for signing on 20 September 2017, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. This was a historic moment, when heads of states and foreign ministers gathered in New York for official signatures on this groundbreaking treaty. More than 50 countries signed in the first 8 hours. 

As the UK is against this international initiative, Scotland wanted to show solidarity and support for the ban treaty and organised its own Citizens Signing Ceremony in front of the Scottish Parliament. Many MSPs signed, along with campaigners, tourists from all parts of the word or local people passing by the parliament. 

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statement on the US - North Korea summit

Scottish CND have given a cautious welcome to the outcome of US - North Korea peace summit 

Arthur West chair of Scottish CND said-

Some of the actions which were mentioned at the summit are very much steps in the right direction 

For example the remarks by President Trump that he will halt military exercises that include flying nuclear capable bombers close to the border of North Korea is welcome . 

There is also some encouragement in the remarks of the North Korean President about destroying his nuclear test centres.

Arthur West added -

This summit took place in a very tense atmosphere and at a time of increasing militarisation of our world.

At such a tense and difficult time - it is to be hoped that this summit will help reduce the risk of nuclear war in our world.

Nuclear Waste Storage Costs Escalate

leftPlans to store nuclear waste have hit a snag with the need of  another waste repository involving a massive escalation in cost.

Ministers insist they still expect only one high-level geological disposal facility (GDF) will be needed at a possible cost of �12bn but a discussion paper produced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) indicates a second cannot be ruled out.

Obama on nuclear weapons

In his inauguration speech on 20 January President Barack Obama said:

 

"With old friends and former foes, we'll work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat"

 

Scottish CND Chair Alan Mackinnon has written two articles on the impact the new administration could have on nuclear disarmament.

A Seismic Shift

Georgia showed the limits of US power and the beginning of a new multi-polar world. What happened next will be seen as a key moment in world history which changed the entire geo-strategic balance.