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Thursday, January 26, 2006


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Can somebody say proliferation....
President Putin Suggests Building Global Nuclear Center in Russia

Global infrastructure should be established to give all interested countries access to nuclear energy with reliable guarantees that the nuclear non-proliferation regime will be observed, President Vladimir Putin was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying Wednesday.Putin said Russia was ready to build an international center “to offer nuclear fuel cycle services, including [uranium] enrichment under the control of the IAEA”. The Russian leader said the center, under the control of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN’s nuclear watchdog, would be open to every nation.He said technological innovations were needed to build new-generation reactors and fuel cycles, and this required broad international cooperation.“We will propose this approach to G8 member states during our presidency and all our partners in the sphere of peaceful use of nuclear energy,” Putin added.Russia is presiding over the club of the world’s eight most industrialized nations in 2006. Moscow has long proposed having Iran’s uranium enriched in Russia, then returned to Iran for use in the country’s reactors — a compromise that could provide more oversight and ease tensions with the United States and European Union over Iran’s questionable nuclear program


  • Will Russia help?

    Germany may need nuclear weapons, ex-defence minister says
    Jan 26, 2006, 13:37 GMT

    Berlin - Germany may need to build its own nuclear weapons to counter the threat of nuclear bombs falling into the hands of a terrorist state, a former German defence minister said Thursday.

    'We need a serious discussion over how we can react to a nuclear threat by a terrorist state in an appropriate manner - and in extreme cases with our own nuclear weapons,' said Rupert Scholz who served as defence minister from 1988 to 1989.

    Germany does not have nuclear weapons and Scholz admitted in a Bild newspaper interview that his remarks were breaking what is widely seen as a national taboo.

    Scholz - who is a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) - said Berlin should first try to get binding guarantees from the NATO alliance that it would protect Germany in case nuclear threats were directed at the country.

    But he insisted if such guarantees were not spelled out in a formal NATO doctrine, then Germany needed to ponder building its own nuclear deterrence system.

    Such a move would clearly violate the 2+4 Treaty which paved the way for Germany's 1990 reunification by formally ending post-World War II occupation rights in the country for the US, the former USSR, Britain and France.

    Under article three of the Treaty, Germany renounces 'the manufacture and possession of and control over nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.'

    Rainer Stinner, a member of the opposition Free Democrats (FDP) in parliament, sharply criticized calls for German nuclear weapons.

    'If we start questioning international treaties, what right do we have to demand that others adhere to them?' said Stinner, adding, 'Germany's security would be reduced - not increased - through the possession of nuclear weapons.'

    Last week French President Jacques Chirac warned that France could use nuclear arms against state sponsors of terrorism against his country.

    Chirac did not name any country but was widely seen to have been referring to Iran which is suspected of seeking to build nuclear weapons - an allegation strongly denied by Teheran.
    © 2006 dpa - Deutsche Presse-Agentur

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