Dateline: March 4, 2001

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CONTENTS of WNII No. 9/2001


From the Editor

PLEASE NOTE: I might have problems to issue the next WNII edition in time because I have to undergo an operation during the forthcoming week.

Tobias Damjanov

USA: Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF), The Sunflower, No. 46, March 2001
Back issues: http://www.wagingpeace.org/sf/index.html
Events are listed at: http://www.wagingpeace.org/calendar/events_current.html

The March issue of The Sunflower covers the following:


Abolition 2000 homepage: http://www.abolition2000.org

Grassroots News: http://www.napf.org/abolition2000/news/

Tritium and the US nuclear weapons program [Source: Nuclear Policy Project Flash, Volume 3, Number 8, February 26,

Kenneth Bergeron writes in the current issue of the Bulletin of Concerned Atomic Scientists that since the last tritium-producing
nuclear reactor in the US was shut down in 1988, the US Department of Energy has debated where to renew its supply of tritium, which will be exhausted by 2016. Though it violated existing US policy against the use of commercial reactors for the US nuclear weapons program, then-Energy Secretary Bill Richardson decided that nuclear reactors used by the Tennessee Valley Authority to produce electricity would be modified at US government expense to produce Tritium. Bergeron argues that this will lower the barriers to obtaining tritium, either through theft or duplication of the new technology for tritium production in conventional reactors.  http://www.bullatomsci.org/issues/2001/ma01/ma01bergeron.html

Web references re: recent Russian missile tests
[Source: Nuclear Policy Project Flash, Volume 3, Number 8, February 26, 2001]

Russia conducted test-launches of three nuclear-capable strategic missiles on February 16: a submarine fired towards the Kamchatka Peninsula, a land-based Topol intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from the Plesetsk base at the same Kamchatka target, and a Tu-95 "Bear" bomber also fired a strategic missile. The Russian military reported that all three hit their targets. A Tupolev Tu-22M "Backfire" swing-wing bomber also test-fired two tactical missiles. Statements by Colonel General Leonid Ivashov, the Defense Ministry's foreign relations chief, made it clear that while the tests may have been planned a while
ago, they took place in response to recent US statements which describe Russia as a threat as part of US justifications for its missile defense system. Russia denied US claims that it shared sensitive technology with countries such as Iran, Iraq and the DPRK. Dmitry Trenin, a military analyst with the Moscow Carnegie Center, said Russia launched the missiles to show US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and others in the Bush administration they could not ignore Russian concerns. The tests
occurred two days after unannounced air exercises by Russian nuclear-capable bombers near Norway and Japan prompted their air forces to scramble in response. Recent Russian statements and actions indicate a degree of inflexibility over global security issues, though analysts believe that Russia will in the end take a more pragmatic position.

Web references on the Russian Missile Defense Proposal
[Source: Nuclear Policy Project Flash, Volume 3, Number 8, February 26, 2001]

Recently, Russian Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev briefed NATO Secretary-General George Robertson on Russia's plan, which first calls for Russian and NATO experts to evaluate ballistic missile threats before deciding whether to design and deploy missile defense systems to cover specific areas in Europe that are most likely to be targeted in such attacks. The Russian system will be mobile and focus more on specific threats than meeting a general long-range missile threat. Russian officials argue that their plan would not violate the 1972 ABM Treaty, would be more effective by intercepting missiles in their boost phase, and would be cheaper than the US$60+ billion US plan. US Representative Curt Weldon was part of a US delegation that traveled to Russia last June regarding missile defense and he said the Russian S-400 missile defense system currently in development is "fantastically capable" and if the S-500 is even better then it would violate U.S.-Russian protocols on theater missile defense systems. Robertson agreed to have NATO review the plan, but he left little hope that the Russian maneuver would succeed in dividing NATO despite its member's doubts about the wisdom of the planned US system.

US Domestic Opinion on National Missile Defense
[Source: Nuclear Policy Project Flash, Volume 3, Number 8, February 26, 2001]

US-based ABC News conducted a poll which showed that while 80 percent of Americans backed the construction of missile defense system, only half of those polled would still support missile defense if there were doubts about its ability to "fully protect" the US, and only 45 percent were for deployment when informed that the system's price tag is estimated to be $60-100 billion dollars. Support fell to 37 percent when people were asked if a defense system should be deployed even if it would "break an existing arms control treaty with Russia."

See also: "Americans Against Breaking Treaties For NMD": http://www.ceip.org/files/nonprolif/templates/article.asp?NewsID=162

US Nuclear Forces and arms control prospects
[Source: Nuclear Policy Project Flash, Volume 3, Number 8, February 26, 2001]


CSD9: Fourth Bureau Meeting

I can make available, as an rtf-formatted email attachment, the Note (summary report) on the fourth meeting of the Bureau of the ninth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development, held at New York, 21 February 2001.

The editor

First session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF)  http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/forests.htm

The first substantive session of the UNFF is to take place at New York on 11-22 June this year.


Consumption, Everyday life and Sustainability Summer School

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