nuclear weapons

  • October 12, 2009

    The Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, is reported to be considering a proposal to scrap a quarter of the nuclear warheads owned by the British government. The news follows pressure for cuts in the light of similar moves by the USA and Russia.

  • September 30, 2009

    The Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has been criticised for avoiding the issue of Trident in his speech to the Labour Party conference yesterday, despite the increasingly vocal opposition to its renewal.

  • September 24, 2009

    The United Nations Security Council has voted unanimously in favour of the need to work towards a world free of nuclear weapons. The vote is seen as a step towards international agreements on reducing nuclear arsenals.

  • September 23, 2009

    The Prime Minister Gordon Brown is to respond to growing public pressure by announcing a cut in the number of Trident nuclear submarines from four to three. Campaigners welcomed the news but insisted that the cuts must go further.

  • September 11, 2009

    Following recent action by Africa, a majority of the world's countries have now banned nuclear weapons from their national territory for the first time, says Jonathan Frerichs. The churches have played an important role in this.

  • July 8, 2009

    The United States' and Russia's public commitment to cut back their stockpiles of strategic nuclear weapons has been welcomed and urged forward by the World Council of Churches.

  • June 17, 2009

    Japanese sources claim that North Korea may be planning to launch another missile, a day after US President Barack Obama called the country’s recent actions a “grave threat” to international security.

  • June 9, 2009

    New UK Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth has faced a call to delay plans for the Trident nuclear weapons system until MPs have chance to debate them, with a motion asking for a discussion of the decision in Parliament.

  • May 27, 2009

    The secretive hard-line communist regime in North Korea has reacted angrily to global condemnation of its recent nuclear weapons test, declaring that its ‘truce’ with South Korea may be over and that it will not back down.

  • May 26, 2009

    At a time when the international community is re-kindling the vision of a world free of nuclear weapons, the North Korean nuclear test is a source of real concern, says World Council of Churches general secretary Rev Dr Samuel Kobia.