Obama Vows to Stop Nukes in N. Korea, Iran

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U.S. President-elect Barack Obama, while announcing his national security team led by Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, vowed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons in North Korea and Iran.

“ There is much to do ― from preventing the spread of nuclear weapons to Iran and North Korea, to seeking a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians, to strengthening international institutions. I have no doubt that Hillary Clinton is the right person to lead our State Department, and to work with me in tackling this ambitious foreign policy agenda,” said Obama. He made the comment at Monday’s press conference to officially announce his choice for national security officials in Chicago.

“Hillary’s appointment is a sign to friend and foe of the seriousness of my commitment to renew American diplomacy and restore our alliances.”
Obama said national security challenges are “just as grave and just as urgent as our economic crisis.”
“The spread of nuclear weapons raises the peril that the world’s deadliest technologies could fall into dangerous hands,” he said. “We are fighting two wars. Our old conflicts remain unresolved, and newly assertive powers have put strains on the international system.”

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2008/12/116_35441.html

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Obama Seeks Verifiable Ban on Nukes

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U.S. President-elect Barack Obama has stated that his foreign policy will seek a verifiable global ban on the production of nuclear weapons material.

In the “Obama-Biden Plan,” Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden also vowed to strengthen the nuclear non-proliferation treaty for countries like North Korea and Iran.

“Obama and Biden will secure all loose nuclear materials in the world within four years. While working to secure existing stockpiles of nuclear material, Obama and Biden will negotiate a verifiable global ban on the production of new nuclear weapons material,” the President-elect office said through its official Web site http://www.change.gov.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2008/11/116_34663.html

Obama seen helping put atom test ban pact in force

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VIENNA (Reuters) – The election of Barack Obama as U.S. president has given crucial impetus toward implementing the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty more than a decade after it was negotiated, pact officials said on Wednesday.

The global treaty, which prohibits all nuclear explosions, cannot enter into force before it is ratified by all 44 states listed in an annex that took part in the 1996 negotiations and have nuclear power or research reactors.

Nine of the 44 have not ratified the pact — Iran, Israel, North Korea, Indonesia, Egypt, India, Pakistan, China and the United States, where the administration of outgoing President George W. Bush was wary of multilateral commitments restraining its security options.

http://www.reuters.com/article/vcCandidateFeed2/idUSTRE4AI3FK20081119

Obama Brings Hope to Native Americans

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POLSON, MONT. — With the first election of an African American president, the nation sees a broader horizon. Some see hope on that horizon for Native America.

“My memories of campaigning for this election range from heartbreaking to beautiful,” said Gyasi Ross, former constituency director of the Barack Obama campaign in Montana. “Indian people really showed that if given the opportunity, we can perform above the expected and it’s all in faith.”

Reflecting on his memories of this historic presidential election, Ross, a Blackfeet tribal member, admits his journey blossomed from a seed of doubt: “I figured (Obama) didn’t have a chance in hell becoming the next president,” he said. “But I knew he would do great things for Native Americans if elected.”

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Obama advised to begin direct Iran talks

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According to the Associated Press, the group of diplomats and political experts believe that a military attack on Iran’s nuclear installations would ‘almost certainly fail’ and threatening the country with economic sanctions would be unlikely to resolve a nuclear dispute between Tehran and Washington.

Western threats have neither intimidated nor put the Iranian government in imminent danger, the panel concedes.

“(Iranians) have seen the outcome of US-sponsored regime change in Afghanistan and Iraq. They want no part of it,” says the report which has been prepared by University of Connecticut professor Richard Parker on behalf of the 20-member panel of experts, which included former US ambassadors Thomas Pickering and James F. Dobbins as well as Columbia University scholar Gary G. Sick.

Bush Spy Revelations Anticipated When Obama Is Sworn In

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When Barack Obama takes the oath of office on January 20, Americans won’t just get a new president; they might finally learn the full extent of George W. Bush’s warrantless domestic wiretapping.

Monsivais/AP)]The Bush administration has stonewalled, misled and denied documents to Congress, and subpoenaed the phone records of investigative reporters.(Credit: Monsivais/AP)

Since The New York Times first revealed in 2005 that the NSA was eavesdropping on citizens’ overseas phone calls and e-mail, few additional details about the massive “Terrorist Surveillance Program” have emerged. That’s because the Bush administration has stonewalled, misled and denied documents to Congress, and subpoenaed the phone records of the investigative reporters.

Now privacy advocates are hopeful that President Obama will be more forthcoming with information. But for the quickest and most honest account of Bush’s illegal policies, they say don’t look to the incoming president. Watch instead for the hidden army of would-be whistle-blowers who’ve been waiting for Inauguration Day to open the spigot on the truth.


http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2008/11/11-2

Obama may put end to Yucca waste site

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“WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 (UPI) — Opponents of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository said they’re hopeful President-elect Barack Obama will put an end to the project.

Obama, as well as the other Democrats who ran for president, publicly opposed storage of highly radioactive nuclear waste at the site 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Review-Journal said Monday.

“After spending billions of dollars on the Yucca Mountain Project, there are still significant questions about whether nuclear waste can be safely stored there,” Obama told the newspaper last year.”

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2008/11/10/Obama_may_put_end_to_Yucca_waste_site/UPI-93581226375191/