Malcolm Fraser et al., The Sydney Morning Herald
Kevin Rudd joined the Japanese Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama, yesterday to launch the first report of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament.
This report is important because for the first time, an American president is committed to long-term nuclear disarmament. Japan and Australia can and should do much to support Barack Obama. The non-proliferation regime has broken down and failure to take effective action at next year's Nuclear Non-Proliferation Review Conference will be highly damaging.
Shahram Chubin, Washington Quarterly
Attempts since 2002 to roll back or at least slow Iran's nuclear ambitions have proven fruitless, imparting a sense of urgency to the issue. Neither threats of punishment nor inducements have worked.
Joby Warrick, The Washington Post
Long denied access to foreign technology because of sanctions, Iran has nevertheless learned how to make virtually every bolt and switch in a nuclear weapon, according to assessments by U.N. nuclear officials in internal documents, as well as Western and Middle Eastern intelligence analysts and weapons experts.
The United States bluntly dismissed an Iranian offer Saturday to swap nuclear fuel, which a senior US official said was inconsistent with a deal allowing the Islamic republic to avoid further sanctions.
Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press
Thai authorities on Monday sought to unravel the mystery of the ultimate destination of a plane that landed in Bangkok with a huge cache of weapons from North Korea, exported in defiance of a U.N. embargo on arms from the communist state.
Soli J. Sorabjee, The Hindu
In this article, Soli J. Sorabjee, former Attorney General for India, says that the Union Cabinet's decision to approve the Civil Nuclear Liability Bill, which caps the amount of compensation to be paid by foreign companies in case of a nuclear accident, violates fundamental rights and Supreme Court judgments. If the bill is struck down by the Indian Parliament, it could have important ramifications for American and other foreign companies that have sought a civil nuclear liability regulatory framework before beginning nuclear trade with India.