India and Humanitarian Disarmament Newsletter – June 2013 Edition

Sunday, June 30, 2013
Greetings from Control Arms Foundation of India and Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network. Welcome to the June 2013 edition of the Disarmament newsletter, which brings you regular updates on work done on the same.

Disarmament has been recognized as a tool to enhance international, national and human security, for states and for people. Only by approaching disarmament in the broadest sense – including the humanitarian and development aspects – can real progress be achieved.

In this issue of our newsletter, we have included different sections on 'Humanitarian Disarmament' along with updates on the progress of disarmament from countries around the world.

Please do visit our website and for more details and regular updates.

With kind regards,
Binalakshmi Nepram
Founder, Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network
Secretary-General, Control Arms Foundation of India


  1. The Emerging Japan-India Relationship: Nuclear Anachronism, Militarism and Growth Fetish
    Source: The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, 2 June 2013
    Strong ties between India and Japan can be seen as a pre-requisite for the emergence of Asia and could, in the context of a broader Asian regionalism, provide a way out of the morass created by a 20th century dominated by the West: militarism and wars, ecological crises and growth-obsessed economies. Read More
  2. Pakistan, India, China Beefed Up Nuclear Arms Arsenal In 2012: Study
    Source: The News, 3 June 2013
    Three of the world's nuclear powers - China, India and Pakistan - have increased their arsenals over the past year, while the other five have cut their strength or kept it stable, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said Monday. Read More
  3. Nuclear Weapons: India Keeps Pace With Pakistan, But Focuses On China
    Source: The Times of India, 3 June 2013
    China, India, and Pakistan all added 10 to 20 nuclear weapons to their arsenal last year even as the top four nuclear nations - US, Russia, UK and France - appear determined to retain their nuclear arsenals indefinitely even if they didn't add to their inventory, the Swedish arms watchdog Sipri said in its 2013 handbook released this weekend. Read More


  1. Open Debate On Sexual Violence In Conflict
    Source:, 24 June 2013
    On Monday (24 June), the Security Council will hold a ministerial-level open debate on women, peace and security with a focus on sexual violence in conflict. Read More
  2. Fighting For Peace In An International City
    Source: International Women & Social Movements, 2 June 2013
    The Disarmament Committee of the Women's International Organizations was headquartered in Geneva during the 1930s. Read More


  1. Kingston Remembers First Ever Green Fair
    Source: Your Local Guardian, 1 June 2013
    In 1987, a small group of protesters held a demonstration in Canbury Park in support of nuclear disarmament and environmental sustainability. Read More
  1. South Korea Agrees To North Offer For Talks On Shut Complex (3)
    Source: Bloomberg Business Week, 6 June 2013
    North and South Korea agreed to hold negotiations on reopening a jointly run industrial park, in what will be their first government-level talks since the complex was shut in April. Read More
  2. Celebrating The World's Best Disarmament Policies
    Source: Policy Innovations, 6 June 2013
    In 2013, the World Future Council is aiming to highlight disarmament policies that contribute to the achievement of peace, sustainable development, and security. Read More
  3. North And South Korea To Begin Talks Sunday In Bid To Ease Tensions
    Source: The Washington Post, 8 June 2013
    North and South Korea on Sunday will hold the first in a series of talks aimed at easing tensions and restarting the economic projects and exchange programs on which they once cooperated, South Korean officials said Saturday. Read More
  4. North Korea Calls Off Talks On Industrial Zone, South Korea Says
    Source: Bloomberg Business Week, 11 june 2013
    North Korea “unilaterally” called off the highest-level talks since Kim Jong Un took power in protest over the rank of South Korea’s proposed delegate, the South’s Unification Ministry said. Read More


  1. Six Anti-Drones Protesters Nabbed At RAF Waddington
    Source: Press TV, 5 June 2013
    Six protesters have been nabbed at Britain’s drones command at RAF Waddington after they entered the facility and set up anti-war banners there. Read More


  1. S. Korea, China Discuss North Korea In Singapore Security Dialogue
    Source: Yonhap News Agency, 1 June 2013
    South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin on Saturday met with a senior Chinese official to address the need for coordination on North Korea policy as the communist nation is showing interest in a new round of disarmament talks. Read More
  2. A Plea To Ratify The Test Ban Treaty
    Source: The New York Times, 2 June 2013
    One quick way we can start moving the focus back to nuclear disarmament and cost-cutting is finally to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Without this treaty, there will not be any significant initiatives toward reducing nuclear stockpiles. Read More
  3. Nuclear States Developing New Weapons In Defiance Of Treaty
    Source: The Guardian, 3 June 2013
    All five legally recognized nuclear states as defined by the non-proliferation treaty – China, France, Russia, the UK and US – are either deploying new nuclear weapons and delivery systems or plan to do so, according to a leading international research organization. Read More
  4. Fixing Blame For A Nuclear Security Failure
    Source: Huffington Post, 3 June 2013
    For Sister Megan and her two compatriots, a lifetime of social activism and opposition to U.S. nuclear weapons policy had led them to Y-12. Read More
  5. Have Kept Nuclear Capability At Lowest Level: China
    Source: Zee News, 3 June 2013

    Refuting reports of an increase in its nuclear arsenal, China on Monday said it has kept its capability at the "lowest level" commensurate with the need of national security. Read More
  6. Israel Now Has 80 Nuclear Warheads, Report Says
    Source: The Times of Israel, 4 June 2013
    Israel possesses some 80 nuclear warheads — rather fewer than once thought, and lower than the nuclear arsenal of countries that are officially in possession of atomic weapons — according to the new 2013 yearbook put out by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), a leading think tank on global security issues. Read More
  7. North Korea Plutonium Reactor Nears Restart, U.S. Institute Says
    Source: Bloomberg Business Week, 4 June 2013
    North Korea is nearly finished work needed to restart a mothballed nuclear reactor used to produce weapons-grade plutonium, according to a U.S. institute that monitors the totalitarian country. Read More
  8. Don't Make Wild Guesses About China's Limited Nuclear Capacity
    Source: Asia One News, 4 June 2013
    Beijing hopes the outside world will not make wild guesses about China's limited nuclear capacity, and believes that countries with the largest nuclear arsenals should bear the primary responsibility for nuclear disarmament, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters at a daily news briefing on Monday. Read More
  9. China Is Expanding Its Nuclear Capabilities While Russia And The US Work To Reduce Theirs
    Source: International Business Times, 4 June 2013
    China added 10 warheads to its nuclear arsenal in 2012, according to a recent report from the Swedish think tank Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Read More
  10. South Korea's Press Doubtful Over North Korea Dialogue Offer
    Source: PTI, 5 June 2013
    South Korea's press today expressed scepticism over an apparent offer by North Korea that it was willing to return to six-party nuclear disarmament talks. Read More
  11. South Korea, China Oppose Nuclear-Armed North Korea
    Source: Yonhap News Agency, 5 June 2013
    South Korean and Chinese military leaders called for denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula during their bilateral talks, Seoul officials said Wednesday, delivering a stark message to North Korea regarding its nuclear programs. Read More
  12. FMCT: Questioning Mass Destruction As The Basis For International Order
    Source: Eurasia Review, 5 June 2013
    Twenty eight years before Oppenheimer was stirred to note the significance of Krishna’s words from the Gita, “I am become death, the destroyer of worlds,” upon watching the first nuclear test explosion. Read More
  13. China's Frustration With Its Nuclear Ally North Korea Offers Hope For US
    Source: The Globe and Mail, 5 June 2013
    China’s growing frustration with longtime ally North Korea offers the United States a glimmer of hope about a once unthinkable prospect: holding discussions between Washington and Beijing about what to do if the government in Pyongyang collapses. Read More
  14. New Zealand’s Nuclear-Free Legislation Nominated For Award
    Source: Scoop, 6 June 2013
    In 1987, against the backdrop of rising Cold War tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union, Aotearoa-New Zealand passed its groundbreaking Nuclear-free Act, which banned nuclear weapons and meant US nuclear-armed and nuclear-powered ships were no longer allowed in New Zealand ports. Read More
  15. Nations Defy Nuclear Treaty By Expanding Weapons Programs
    Source:, 6 June 2013
    Now more than 20 years since the end of the Cold War—which spawned the nuclear arms race and made those weapons the ultimate show of military might—nations in possession of nuclear arms are still determined to not only hold onto their arsenals, but in some cases expand them despite their commitments to non-proliferation. Read More
  16. Asia Stockpiling Nuclear Weapons
    Source: RBTH Asia, 6 June 2013
    The nuclear weapons race has shifted to Asia, where China has the region’s largest arsenal of weapons of mass destruction, according to the 2012 report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Read More
  17. US Pressure Heavily Politicized IAEA: William Beeman
    Source: Press TV, 8 June 2013
    Press TV has conducted an interview with William Beeman, professor with the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, about the issue of the US postponement of a major conference on banning nuclear arms in the Middle East. Read More
  18. 2 Koreas To Hold Senior-Level Meeting In Seoul
    Source: CBC News, 9 June 2013
    The rival Koreas agreed Monday to hold senior-level talks this week in Seoul, a breakthrough of sorts after Pyongyang's recent threats of nuclear war and Seoul's vows of counterstrikes. Read More
  19. North Korean Nuclear Crisis
    Source: The Japan Times, 11 June 2013
    There are almost 18,000 nuclear warheads distributed among nine nuclear-armed states in the world today. Read More
  20. A Dangerous Nun
    Source:, 11 June 2013
    Peter Rugh reports on the case of an elderly Catholic nun who has been condemned to prison for what will be the rest of her life for anti-nuclear weapons activism. Read More
  21. 'In My Lifetime': Syracuse Native's Documentary Explores History, Future Of Nuclear Weapons
    Source:, 11 June 2013
    Not long after Bob Frye graduated from Fayetteville-Manlius High School in 1957, he entered the army where he worked on nuclear weapons. Read More
  22. Former Dutch PM Confirms US Nukes In Holland
    Source: The Voice of Russia, 11 June 2013
    Ruud Lubbers, the former prime minister of the Netherlands, has publicly confirmed US nuclear weapons are being stored in the country, left over from the Cold War. Read More


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