Newsletter October2023

Toward A Nuclear Free World
Toward A Nuclear Free World

The U.S. Is Building a New Nuclear ‘Gravity Bomb’, Pentagon Announces – The B61-13 is the latest in a long line of B61 variants
By Matthew Gault |  VICE
WASHINGTON, D.C. 31 October 2023 (IDN | TNW) — The Pentagon has announced it is making a new nuclear “gravity bomb.” If approved by Congress, the B61-13 will replace the 1980s era B61-7, according to the announcement on 27 October.

A Milestone in the History of Nuclear Diplomacy
70th Anniversary Of President Eisenhower’s Speech On “Atoms For Peace”By Leonam dos Santos Guimarâes
*The writer is a Nuclear and naval engineer (PhD) member of the Brazilian National Academy of Engineering. CEO of Eletronuclear S.A. Coordinator, Brazilian Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program.
RIO DE JANEIRO | 23 October 2023 (IDN) — On 8 December 1953, the President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, delivered a speech before the United Nations General Assembly that would echo through the pages of history. (P 20) JAPANESE | SWEDISH

Holy See Urges Renewed Efforts to Advance Nuclear Disarmament
By Lisa Zengarini VATICAN NEWS
NEW YORK. 18 OCTOBER 2023 (IDN | TNW) — The Holy See has decried the current “downward spiral of arms control and disarmament policies”, urging for “renewed efforts to advance progress on nuclear disarmament at a time when the risk of nuclear war becomes again a reality.” 

Continued Buildup of Massive US Nuclear Arsenal Dangerous
By Daryl G. Kimball
The writer is the Executive Director of the Arms Control Association (ACA). Following is the preliminary Assessment of the Report of the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States, ACA issued on 12 October.WASHINGTON, D.C. 15 October 2023 (IDN) — Following more than a decade of deteriorating relations and uncertainty on disarmament diplomacy, the three states with the largest nuclear arsenals—Russia, the United States, and China—are on the precipice of an unconstrained era of dangerous nuclear competition.
Is Russia Planning to Revoke its Ratification of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty?
By Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS | 10 October 2023 (IDN) — The Russian Federation, which made several implicit threats to use nuclear weapons in its ongoing military conflict in Ukraine, is reportedly toying with the idea of withdrawing its ratification of the landmark Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). 

France Attempts to Pressure Australia to Stop Engaging with Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty
GENEVA. 3 October 2023 (IDN) — Recent statements by a French diplomat to “the Australian” newspaper criticizing Australia’s decision to observe the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) reveal the panicked efforts by nuclear-armed states to undermine the treaty as support for the ban continues to grow.It also shows a European state with a dark colonial legacy continuing to exert pressure on the Pacific—an area heavily impacted by French nuclear testing—instead of respecting national sovereignty.

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