Arms Control Today

Arms Control Today is a magazine published 10 times a year by the Arms Control Association in Washington, DC. Founded in 1972, its subjects are international arms control issues, peace and international affairs. Its audience includes policy makers, educators and the general public.

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 9, November

Abolishing Chemical Weapons: Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities
From November 29 to December 3, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will host its 15th annual conference of states-parties in The Hague to review recent progress in the global elimination of chemical weapons. As the international...
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A History of Chemical Weapons
The use of harmful chemicals in warfare, personal attacks, and assassinations dates back centuries, but the rise of industrial production of chemicals in the late 19th century opened the door to more massive use of chemical agents in combat. The first...
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Can Washington and Seoul Try Dealing with Pyongyang for a Change?
Like his predecessors, President Barack Obama is learning the hard way that the only thing worse than negotiating with North Korea is not negotiating with North Korea.Instead of moving to resume talks, the administration sustained the suspension of promised...
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Countries Aim for Fuel Bank Endorsement
A group of countries led by the United States is working to secure support for a proposed nuclear fuel bank, with the goal of having the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors adopt a resolution endorsing the plan at its next meeting,...
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GAO Finds Problems in Tritium Production
Technical problems have prevented the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) from producing as much tritium as it planned, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report released last month.Although the NNSA...
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HEU Spent Fuel Removed from Poland
More than 450 kilograms of Russian-origin highly enriched uranium (HEU) spent fuel has been transported from Poland to Russia in five shipments over 12 months, the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced...
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Iran Nuclear Efforts Face Critical Limits
Iran continues to face considerable technical difficulties with key aspects of its nuclear program, the former head of safeguards at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in October.Olli Heinonen, who was the deputy director-general for...
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Move Ahead with New START
The Senate will return this month for a postelection session that can and should he used to approve the modest but essential New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START). Failure to do so would further delay the re-establishment of an effective U....
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NATO Set to Back Expanded Missile Defense
Ahead of next year's planned deployment of a U.S. medium-range missile interceptor system in Europe, NATO member states appear poised to endorse an expanded missile defense mission at their Nov. 19-20 summit in Lisbon and to invite Russia to play a role.The...
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NPT 2010: The Beginning of a New Constructive Cycle
The 2010 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference in New York in May was widely anticipated as a watershed event for international efforts to achieve nuclear disarmament and to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. After a month of intensive...
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Revised Space Code Advances
The European Union in late September adopted a revised draft code of conduct for outer space activities after receiving feedback on text circulated in December 2008. (See ACT, January/February 2009.) Endorsed by the EU as a basis for consultation with...
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State Dept. Restructures Arms Control Bureaus
In its third internal reshuffling in a dozen years, the Department of State has reorganized its bureaus charged with addressing threats presented by weapons of mass destruction. The revamping is an effort to clarify responsibilities and to bring arms...
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UK Postpones Trident Replacement amid Cuts
The United Kingdom will postpone the final decision on whether to replace its Trident nuclear submarines until 2016, Prime Minister David Cameron told the House of Commons last month.Cameron's Oct. 19 address marked the conclusion of a broad reassessment...
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UN Arms Data Mixed as Participation Falls
The number of countries submitting reports to the UN conventional arms registry declined for the third year in a row, according to data based on reports received by late September on transfers made in 2009.In part because of that trend, it is difficult...
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U.S. Official Mulls Ending NSG Rule Revamp
If the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) does not agree soon on new guidelines for selling sensitive nuclear technology, there would be a good argument for dropping the effort, a senior Obama administration official said Oct. 18.Speaking at the American...
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Work at North Korea Reactor Site Unclear
North Korea is engaged in new construction work near its dormant nuclear reactor, the South Korean Defense Ministry said Oct. 5, raising concerns that Pyongyang is preparing to reconstitute the plant used to produce plutonium for its nuclear weapons....
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