Finally The Nuclear Truth (Revelation 8)

‘Banning nuclear weapons not practical’

Experts believe that pursuing global disarmament was unrealistic and feared that the beginning of nuclear weapons ban treaty talks at the United Nations could eventually throw up challenges for Pakistan’s position on Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty (FMCT).

This was the gist of a discussion at a roundtable conference hosted by Center for International Strategic Studies (CISS) on developments related to a proposed treaty to ban nuclear weapons, here on Saturday.

The discussion titled ‘Nuclear Ban Treaty: Debating the Missing Link’ was attended by experts, academia, representatives of think tanks and government officials. Speaking on the occasion, visiting research fellow with CISS and postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at Yale University Dr Christine Leah said she was opposed to nuclear disarmament because a substantial cut would bring back issues of conventional strategy.

She argued that conventional force balance received little attention in nuclear age, but once the concerns about nuclear weapons were to recede, deterrence would then rely on conventional force imbalance.

She said the nuclear weapons were here to stay and called for a rethink of arms control concepts developed during Cold War period to adjust to multi-polar Asian maritime context.

Dr Zafar Khan, who teaches at National Defense University Islamabad, opined that the “prospects for universal arms control and nuclear ban were dim”. He said for complete disarmament would have to address issues of discrimination, negative security assurances, conventional imbalances, conventional and nuclear force modernization, need for restructuring of non-proliferation regimes, and conflict resolution.

Talking about the implications for Pakistan, Dr Adil Sultan said the initiation of talks on a treaty could set up a precedent, which would be at some later stage applied to FMCT that was currently facing a deadlock at the Conference on Disarmament. He worried that FMCT could also be in future brought to UN on the pretext of breaking the impasse.

CISS Executive Director Amb Sarwar Naqvi said the concept of nuclear ban looked fanciful, but was a manifestation of human desire of creating an ideal world.

Strategic Vision Institute President Dr Zafar Iqbal Cheema cautioned against complete nuclear disarmament in the absence of a conventional arms control regime saying doing so could push the world into an era of destruction and chaos. “Idea of disarmament looks noble, but under what circumstances do we intend to achieve it,” he observed.

Brig (retd) Naeem Salik called global nuclear ban a “utopian idea” with very little practical value.

Korea Postpones Nuclear Showdown 

North Korea Postpones Nuclear Showdown With US

SEOUL —
North Korea did not go through with a possible nuclear test Saturday, after the United States demonstrated a credible threat of military force in the region and China increased economic restrictions against its economically dependent ally, but Pyongyang did later conduct a missile test that failed.

The missile was launched early Sunday from the Sinpo area on the North’s east coast, where the country has a submarine base. The U.S. Pacific Command said the missile blew up almost immediately and that its type was still being assessed.

Earlier, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un presided over a military parade to celebrate the April 15 birthday of his country’s founding leader the late Kim Il Sung, the country’s most important holiday known as the Day of the Sun.

“Kim Jong Un had planned a fight with the U.S., but decided to give up the plan,” said North Korea defector and analyst Ahn Chan-il with the World Institute for North Korean Studies.

Military pressure

Expectations of an imminent North Korean nuclear test grew this week based on reports of recent activity at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site and Pyongyang’s pattern of conducting provocative military tests to coincide with the birthday of the nation’s founding leader.

Since January 2016, Pyongyang has acted with little restraint, conducting two nuclear tests and attempting numerous medium- and long-range ballistic missile launches. This year Kim Jong Un indicated that his nation is in the final testing phase of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could potentially hit the U.S. mainland.

U.S. President Donald Trump, however, has placed a high priority on preventing North Korea from developing a credible long-range nuclear ballistic missile capability that could directly threaten U.S. national security.

The U.S. Pacific Command this week sent the USS Carl Vinson nuclear-powered aircraft carrier naval formation that includes guided missile destroyers and aircraft squadrons to the region.

And last week’s U.S. airstrikes against Syria for using chemical weapons added credibility to statements made by the Trump administration that it is prepared to take military action against North Korea as well. Following the Syrian strike, North Korea’s KCNA news agency said the Trump administration, “has entered the path of open threat and blackmail.”

A temporary pause

While Pyongyang seems to have backed down to U.S. military pressure for now, it is likely only a temporary pause.

The North’s military parade Saturday prominently displayed submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) for the first time, demonstrating its own increasingly advanced and diverse military capabilities.

Choe Ryong Hae, a close aide to Kim, addressed the packed square and reiterated the warning to the United States.

“If the United States wages reckless provocation against us, our revolutionary power will instantly counter with annihilating strike, and we will respond to full-out war with full-out war and to nuclear war with our style of nuclear strike warfare,” he said.

North Korean state media earlier warned the United States to end its “military hysteria” or, “Our toughest counteraction against the U.S. and its vassal forces will be taken in such a merciless manner as not to allow the aggressors to survive.”

Economic pressure

Trump has also been pressing China to do more to rein in North Korea, and has held out the offer of better trade terms for halting Pyongyang’s nuclear program.

Trump this week praised Chinese President Xi Jinping after Beijing sent back a fleet of North Korean ships carrying coal in accordance with United Nations sanctions. In February China banned all imports of North Korean coal, which is a lucrative source of income for the country. North Korea relies on China for 90 percent of its trade.

On Friday, China’s national airline, Air China, also canceled some flights to the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, citing poor demand.

Trump and Xi discussed the North Korean nuclear threat during a recent summit at the U.S. president’s Mar-a-Lago retreat in Florida. They spoke again over the phone Thursday. Afterward Trump said he believed Xi would “work very hard” to help resolve the tense situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Friday urged all parties to “refrain from provoking and threatening each other, whether in words or actions, and not let the situation get to an irreversible and unmanageable stage.”

While China opposes the North’s nuclear program it is reluctant to take harsh measures that would cause instability at its border and that would increase U.S. power in the region.

Youmi Kim contributed to this report.

USA’s Fukushima At The  Sixth Seal (Rev 6)

 

Recent series of Indian Point shutdowns worst in years

Ernie Garcia, elgarcia@lohud.com

BUCHANAN — Four unplanned reactor shutdowns over a two-month period at Indian Point are the most setbacks the nuclear power plant has experienced in years.

A review of unplanned shutdowns from January 2012 to the present showed this year’s events happened within a short time frame, between May 7 and July 8, in contrast with events from other years that were more spread out, according to data released by Indian Point.

So many mishaps at the Entergy-owned plant haven’t occurred since 2009, when one of two units at the Buchanan site experienced a similar series, said plant spokesman Jerry Nappi.

Besides a May 9 transformer failure that spilled some 3,000 gallons of oil into the Hudson River, this year’s shutdowns were prompted by a May 7 steam leak, a July 8 pump motor failure and a June 15 switch yard breaker failure offsite in a Consolidated Edison substation.

If a nuclear plant has more than three unplanned shutdowns in a nine-month period, its performance indicator could be changed by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which results in additional oversight. That’s what happened with Entergy’s Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Mass., after four unplanned shutdowns in 2013.

So far, Entergy said there doesn’t appear to be a pattern to the Indian Point shutdowns.
“You do want to look at these events holistically to see if there is something in common, but you also look individually to see what the causes were,” Nappi said. “A plant shutdown in and of itself is not a safety issue.”

One of the four recent Buchanan shutdowns triggered a special inspection by the NRC and calls to close the nuclear plant by environmental groups and elected officials. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said in the past Indian Point should close, but his office did not respond to a request for comment about whether the recent shutdowns have prompted any state scrutiny.

The NRC is expected to release a quarterly report on Indian Point this month that will address the transformer failure and, by year’s end, is planning an inspection of the transformer and an analysis of transformer issues since 2007.

Besides its transformer-related inquiries, the other three shutdowns have not raised “any immediate safety concerns or crossed any thresholds that would result in additional NRC oversight,” agency spokesman Neil Sheehan wrote in an email.

The unplanned shutdowns at Indian Point and Pilgrim in Massachusetts were mostly preventable, said Paul Blanch, a former Indian Point employee with 45 years of nuclear power experience.
“For this to happen this frequently indicates a deeper problem,” he said. “I believe it’s management oversight in the maintenance of these plants.”

Nappi said the transformer that failed May 9 and caused a fire and oil spill into the Hudson was regularly monitored. Investigators determined the failure was due to faulty insulation.

“The transformer inspection and reviews were in accordance with our standards and industry expectations, yet there was no indication the transformer was going to fail,” Nappi said.
The NRC conducted a separate, but related special inspection into the May 9 incident that focused on a half-inch of water that collected in an electrical switchgear room floor. Inspectors determined a fire suppression system’s valve failed to close properly.

Inspectors noted in their report that Entergy knew about that problem since April 2011 and replaced the valve but didn’t discover the actual cause — a dysfunctional switch — until after the fire.

Indian Point’s Unit 3 was down 19 days May through July, with the transformer failure accounting for 16 days. The shutdowns didn’t cause the public any supply problems because New York’s grid can import electricity from other states and New York has an energy plan to maintain reliability, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The nuclear energy industry judges a power plant on how continuously it produces energy, which is called a capacity factor.

There were 100 nuclear plants in the United States in 2014, a record year in terms of efficiency. In January, the Nuclear Energy Institute announced the U.S. average capacity factor was 91.9 percent.
Indian Point has an above-average efficiency rate. The plant’s Unit 2 and 3 reactors were each online more than 99 percent of the time during their most recent two-year operating cycles. They are currently in the middle of other cycles.

Antichrist Followers Protest Iraq’s Elections

IRAQI PARLIAMENT TO SUMMON HEAD OF ELECTORAL COMMISSION ON MONDAY

BAGHDAD – Iraqi lawmakers have voted to summon the Head of Iraq’s High Electoral Commission, Sarbast Mustafa on Monday (April 17) as part of the country’s efforts for reform in the electoral body ahead of provincial elections.

The Iraqi Parliament was set to put to vote whether to stick to current laws regarding the country’s provincial elections or make amendments on them. The parliament has however rescheduled the voting to the day after tomorrow.

Iraq’s provincial elections are due to take place in September this year.

The parliament vote comes as Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr had threatened to order his supporters to boycott the next parliamentary election if the electoral commission and the election’s laws remain as they currently stand. The parliamentary vote is scheduled for April, 2018.

Tens of thousands of Iraqi people, addressed by Sadr, demonstrated on March 24 in Baghdad against county’s the electoral commission.

(NRT)

Antichrist Protests Al-Maliki’s Governance 

Maliki handed over Iraqi cities to ISIS, Moqtada al-Sadr representative says

A representative of prominent Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in Baghdad, Ibrahim al-Jabri, said on Friday that former Iraqi Prime Minister “Nouri al-Maliki is behind the current crises that have hit Iraq,” adding: “Maliki handed over several Iraqi provinces to ISIS.”

Jabri said “Maliki cannot do anything about the suffering of the Iraqi people because he caused the suffering and the killing of our sons by security forces at the Speicher base.”

Camp Speicher, officially known as the Tikrit Air Academy, is an air installation near Tikrit in northern Iraq.

With Iraqi forces all but certain to defeat ISIS in Mosul this year, Sadr has begun mobilizing his supporters ahead of two elections, for provincial councils in September and the crucial parliamentary vote, by April 2018.

Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr delivers a speech during Friday prayer at the Great Mosque of Kufa in the city of the same name. (AFP)

His main rival is former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, a pro-Iranian politician who started positioning himself last year as a possible kingmaker or even for a return to the premiership itself.

Maliki’s eight-year rule ended in 2014, when the Iraqi army collapsed in the face of an ISIS offensive, forcing him to hand over power to current Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. Both men are members of the Shiite Dawa party.

He now holds the ceremonial position of vice president but still wields considerable influence, chairing the Dawa party which controls the largest bloc in parliament.

(With Reuters)

Last Update: Saturday, 15 April 2017 KSA 08:42 – GMT 05:42