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US Removes DPRK Off Terrorist List

The United States has told Japan that it will remove the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea(DPRK) from its terrorist blacklist this month. US envoy Christopher Hill has made clear that the United States would not make verification of Pyongyang’s uranium program of proliferation activities a condition of delisting. The United States has also agreed to continue its policy of providing food and other humanitarian aid to the North Korean government. Hill urged Japan to join in efforts to get food to the people of North Korea but there is no indication that Japan will agree to further food aid.

The DPRK yesterday barred UN monitoring at the Yongbyon nuclear complex. Monitors were told they no longer would have access to any facilities at the nuclear complex. The Bush administration refused to go along with the Clinton program of trying to work with North Korea. After a few years, Bush decided to reach out to North Korea. The entire process is now in a shambles and no one knows what is going on in North Korea.

G8 Summit To Emphasize Nuclear Energy

The upcoming summit meeting of G8 powers is expected to sharpen the focus on peaceful development of nuclear energy by supporting a dramatic expansion in the number of nuclear plants in order to respond to recent developments in the rise of oil. There is also a growing belief nuclear energy is a viable tool in confronting issues of global warming. As part of the new strategy, it is expected the International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA) will assume a more aggressive role in monitoring nuclear development all over the world.

The IAEA currently is struggling to persuade Iran to cooperate and allow it to monitor nuclear development activities within that nation. But, nuclear energy can only be one aspect of any global fight to deal with global warming. China and India are rapidly assuming a negative role in global emissions and must be persuaded to halt some of their habits of not controlling emissions. There is need for a comprehensive plan of action which includes both existing and potentially new developments which can break dependency on oil and make the world safer regarding global warming.

Is Nuclear Radiation As Dangerous As Thought?

A European Union project being carried on by the GSF Research Center for Health and Environment has been examining radiation in several areas of Russia caused by discharge of hazardous wastes. The Southern Urals Radiation Research team is conducting extensive tests and reviewing death and health records of Russian workers exposed to high levels of radiation. They are reaching an unusual conclusion which will create considerable controversy within the scientific community and for those who oppose construction of nuclear plants. For example, in studying health records of Russian workers at a particular plant it was discovered of the 6,293 men in the study, only 301 died of lung cancer and of those only 100 died from exposure to radiation. They also found normal mortality rates among farm families who lived downstream from nuclear plants which discharged hazardous wastes into the rivers.

The new study undoubtedly raises questions and issues which will excite or anger people. This writer lacks sufficient scientific knowledge to make any judgment on the conclusions of the study.