Marshall Islands. According to
Countryaah, President Kessai Note overcame a vote
of no confidence in Parliament in January with votes 19-14.
In July and December, the United States conducted test
shoots with intercontinental robots from the Kwajaleinatoll
that the United States leases from the Marshall Islands. The
robot was aimed at a fingered warhead sent away from
California. Among other environmental organizations,
Greenpeace acted to try to stop the tests that were part of
the controversial US plans for a new robot defense.
The issue of damages for those affected by the US nuclear
test in the 1940s and 1950s had still not been resolved. The
tribunal dealing with the matter in March granted $ 553
million to the former residents of the Bikini Toll for their
suffering, but it was unclear if they would receive any
money when funds were lacking. After the US introduced new
limit values for the level of radioactivity that can be
considered acceptable to humans, the tribunal decided in
April that the Ailukatoll should be evacuated.
The Marshall Islands were among the countries that ended
up in the Western Cooperation Organization's OECD black list
of countries that allow black money laundering in July.