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Report from NPT 3 May

Alan Mackinnon (on right in photo) reports from NPT Conference New York -

Yesterday tens of thousands of people filled the streets of New York to demand a world free from nuclear weapons and war. In brilliant sunshine and temperatures of over 30 degrees, the demonstrators from across the world were warmly greeted by local people. The demonstration marks the start of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference which starts on Monday 3rd May.

Watchdog questions defence nuclear safety

A report release under the Freedom of Information Act reveals major failings in the management of nuclear safety within the Ministry of Defence.  Rear Admiral Gould, chair of the MoD's safety board, identified 11 potential safety risks at sites including Faslane.  One issue was a shortage of suitably trained staff.  Gould pointed out that the MoD's response to change was "generally poor and significantly below best practice in the civil nuclear programmes".  Reported by Rob Edwards in the Guardian.

Scottish CND statement on North Korea Crisis


The current tensions between North Korea and the US continue to give concern.

Scottish CND take a firm view that diplomacy is the best way forward.

Arthur West chair of Scottish CND said,

'Donald Trump needs to think before he speaks.

'As former US Vice President Al Gore said he needs to listen to those sensible voices who are urging diplomacy and restraint in this difficult situation.'

DELIGHT AS NOBEL PEACE PRIZE GOES TO ICAN

Scottish Scrap Trident Coalition - Press Release: 6th October 2017
 
DELIGHT AS NOBEL PEACE PRIZE GOES TO ICAN
 
Campaigners against nuclear weapons are delighted by the news that the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, the advocacy group that has worked for the new UN Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), is the winner of this year's Nobel Prize for Peace.

Arthur West, Chair of Scottish CND, said:

This is a well deserved award to a campaign which does outstanding work in the struggle to rid our world of the evil of nuclear weapons and played a major role in achieving the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, adopted this year with the support of 122 countries. Scottish CND are proud to be a partner of this international campaign and will continue working with them to achieve a nuclear free world.”

Secret Contract for Sellafield Waste

left A WELSH Labour MP has accused the UK Government of covering up a deal that will land taxpayers with a multi-billion- pound liability in the event of a nuclear accident while a private consortium will reap the profits.

Newport West MP Paul Flynn discovered that details of a contract to privatise the management of waste from the controversial Sellafield nuclear power station in Cumbria should have been placed in the House of Commons library in July. If they had been, MPs would have had 14 days in which to raise questions about the deal.

In fact, the contract was not put into the library until last week, by which time the opportunity to scrutinise it had gone.

Call to Obama to commit to global disarmamnet

leftDemocrat Senator Dianne Feinstein has called on Barack Obama
to take the lead and commit himself to working for the global
elimination of nuclear weapons.

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16 submarine crashes

The MoD have published a list of 16 crashes involving nuclear submarines since 1988. The list was obtained by SNP MP Angus Robertson and was published in the Sunday Herald.  Nuclear Engineer John Large said "One collision is one too many - especially when it involves a submarine with a nuclear reactor".  9 of the 16 incidents took place around Scotland. John Ainslie of Scottish CND said: "It is time the Royal Navy stopped treating the coast of Scotland as a playground for nuclear submarines".

Dodgy Astute submarines should be scrapped

 

The Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament has called on the Government to scrap the new fleet of Astute submarines, because they are fundamentally unsafe.  A series of major problems with the vessels is revealed in the Guardian.

"The Government should scrap their plans to send more Astute class submarines to Scotland. There are clearly a series of insurmountable design failures with the new boats, many of which have major safety implications. The Navy should not be putting the lives of sailors and the general public at risk by sending these dodgy vessels to sea."

Global Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons

 

Scottish CND is delighted that on Friday 7th  July 2017 a global treaty banning nuclear weapons was passed at the United Nations in New York.
The treaty was supported by 122 countries at the United Nations Headquarters after months of talks in the face of opposition from nuclear armed states.Disgracefully the UK government did not take part in the talks.

The treaty is 10 pages long and will be open for nations to sign at the United Nations General Assembly in September.The treaty also puts nuclear weapons on the same footing as landmines, biological and chemical weapons which were banned a number of years ago.

It is really disappointing that the UK Government did not take part in these historic talks.However there is evidence to suggest that UN treaties can be effective even when some nations fail to sign up to them.The US did not sign up to the landmines treaty but has now changed its landmines policy to comply with the treaty.
Scottish CND believes that the treaty will have an impact on the behaviour of nuclear weapons states.