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South Africa in US$50b Deal for Russian Nuclear Reactors

Posted: Sep 22, 2014 19:01 CST
Channel NewsAsia

Russia's atomic energy agency said on Monday (Sep 22) it will provide up to eight nuclear reactors to South Africa by 2023 in a US$50 billion strategic partnership between the two countries. The delivery of the reactors will enable the foundation of the first nuclear power plant based on Russian technology on the African continent, the Rosatom agency said in a statement.

 
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Iranian Conservatives, Reformists Unreceptive to U.S. Nuclear Proposal

Posted: Sep 22, 2014 15:44 CST
LA Times (originally published Sep 21, 2014)

A U.S. proposal aimed at resolving a central dispute in nuclear talks with Iran is meeting skepticism in the Iranian capital from conservatives and observers of other political stripes. U.S. negotiators have proposed to have Iran disconnect some of its centrifuges, rather than dismantling them, as part of a plan to assure that Iran can’t race quickly to achieve a nuclear-weapons capability. The U.S. proposal has come at a moment when the two sides have been at an impasse over the issue of Ira...

 

Pakistan is Eyeing Sea-Based and Short-Range Nuclear Weapons, Analysts Say

Posted: Sep 22, 2014 15:43 CST
Washington Post (originally published Sep 21, 2014)

In one of the world’s most volatile ¬regions, Pakistan is advancing toward a sea-based missile capability and expanding its interest in tactical nuclear warheads, according to Pakistani and Western analysts. The development of nuclear missiles that could be fired from a ship or submarine would give Pakistan “second-strike” capability if a catastrophic nuclear exchange destroyed all land-based weapons. But the acceleration of Pakistan’s nuclear and missile programs is renewing international co...

 
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U.S. Ramping Up Major Renewal in Nuclear Arms

Posted: Sep 22, 2014 15:42 CST
The New York Times (originally published Sep 21, 2014)

A sprawling new plant near Kansas City, Missouri, in a former soybean field makes the mechanical guts of America’s atomic warheads. Bigger than the Pentagon, full of futuristic gear and thousands of workers, the plant, dedicated last month, modernizes the aging weapons that the United States can fire from missiles, bombers and submarines. It is part of a nationwide wave of atomic revitalization that includes plans for a new generation of weapon carriers. A recent federal study put the collect...

 
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Compendium of ISIS’s Reports and Recommendations on the P5+1/Iran Long-Term Deal Negotiations

Posted: Sep 22, 2014 15:41 CST
ISIS

This compendium of ISIS findings provides information and insight into the on-going negotiations aimed at achieving a comprehensive solution between Iran and the P5+1, or the Six (United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China). It includes links to a range of ISIS studies about the negotiations and recommendations regarding the nature and scope of an adequate long-term agreement.

 
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Deputy PM Rogozin: Russia to Fully Renew Strategic Nuclear Arsenal by 2020

Posted: Sep 22, 2014 15:40 CST
RIA Novosti

Russia will renew its strategic nuclear forces (SNF) not by 70 percent as expected now, but by 100 percent, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told Rossiya-24 television. "The formation of the technical basis for strategic nuclear forces is going at a faster rate, and, in fact, we will renew not 70 percent of the SNF, but 100 percent," Rogozin said.

 
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The Passing of the Nuclear Torch: The Next Generation of WMD Scientists

Posted: Sep 22, 2014 15:39 CST
38 North

You probably missed the obituary. But on July 7, when North Korean media announced the death of the 88-year-old senior North Korean official Jon Pyong Ho, it highlighted an important but largely ignored development in Pyongyang’s effort to build weapons of mass destruction (WMD). While most observers focus on Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile tests, they ignore the shift happening in North Korea’s WMD community: a newer generation is replacing the North Korean scientists who played a key role i...

 
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Saudi Arabia Aims for Nuclear Power within 20 Years

Posted: Sep 22, 2014 15:39 CST
Breakthrough Institute (originally published Sep 21, 2014)

To help address its energy needs, last week Saudi Arabia announced plans to incentivize both private and public investments in energy sources other than oil. Within 20 years, the Saudi Royal Family aims to invest $80 billion and $240 billion so that nuclear and solar, respectively, will each provide 15 percent of the Kingdom’s power needs. The transition is intended to happen quickly, with the first nuclear reactor expected to come online in only eight years.

 

China's Climate Change Plan

Posted: Sep 22, 2014 15:37 CST
World Nuclear News

The Chinese government has approved a national climate change plan that sets out emission and clean energy targets for 2020. Nuclear energy will have an important role in meeting these targets. The plan - proposed by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) - was approved by the State Council on 19 September.

 
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Hinkley Nuclear Reactor Project Gains EU Approval, Leak Reveals

Posted: Sep 22, 2014 15:35 CST
The Guardian

British plans for a nuclear renaissance centered on a nuclear reactor in Somerset achieved a breakthrough when a nine-month European Union state aid investigation ended with a call for Brussels to approve the project. The EU’s competition commissioner, Joaquín Almunia, had expressed skepticism that the Hinkley Point C scheme could satisfy the EU’s stringent state aid criteria after the UK government agreed to underwrite the project with a loan guarantee and a commitment on the price of the el...

 
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Nuclear Power-less Japan Must Pay for Fuel Imports in Weak Yen

Posted: Sep 19, 2014 16:53 CST
Bloomberg

Few are as eager as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to see Japan’s idled nuclear reactors brought back into operation. Since the country flicked off the switch to its nuclear energy program a little more than a year ago, expensive energy imports, particularly of liquefied natural gas (LNG), have worsened trade deficits. That’s placed an extra burden on an economy that contracted at an annualized rate of 7.1 percent in the second quarter, its worst showing since 2009.

 
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Myths and Misconceptions: The Right to Enrich

Posted: Sep 19, 2014 15:35 CST
Arms Control Now (originally published Sep 18, 2014)

As talks between Iran and the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States) resume in New York this week, myths and misconceptions about Iran’s nuclear program still persist, and threaten to derail negotiations. This post looks to debunk some of the most commonly held “myths,” about Iran’s nuclear program and what a comprehensive agreement will seek to achieve.

 
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Russia Makes Fast Neutron Reactor Progress

Posted: Sep 19, 2014 10:06 CST
World Nuclear News

Russia has announced two new milestones in its ‘Proryv’, or Breakthrough, project to enable a closed nuclear fuel cycle. The ultimate aim is to eliminate production of radioactive waste from nuclear power generation. Siberian Chemical Combine (SCC), based in Tomsk, said yesterday it has completed testing of the first full-scale TVS-4 fuel assembly containing nitride fuel. The assembly is intended for the BN-600 fast neutron reactor, which is the third unit of the Beloyarsk nuclear power plant.

 
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How Should America Respond to China’s Deadly Missile Arsenal?

Posted: Sep 19, 2014 9:59 CST
The National Interest

How should the United States respond to Russian noncompliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty? For more than twenty-five years, this landmark arms-control agreement has prevented both nations from fielding surface-to-surface ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5500 kilometers, whether they carry conventional or nuclear warheads. In late July, the State Department publicly revealed what the press had been reporting for some time, namely that Russia...

 
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Why Rouhani Could Walk Away

Posted: Sep 19, 2014 9:58 CST
Foreign Policy (originally published Sep 18, 2014)

Six months ago, nuclear diplomacy with Iran almost seemed too big to fail. The dire consequences of diplomatic collapse -- a return to a path toward war -- were enough to get all parties involved to muster the political will to move toward a deal. But today, as talks resume in New York, even optimists recognize that the prospects are dimming for a comprehensive nuclear deal between Iran and the West.

 
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First American Nuke Plant In 21st Century To Open Soon

Posted: Sep 18, 2014 18:19 CST
Forbes

A nuclear reactor at the Watts Bar Nuclear Generating Station in Tennessee is on track to be the first new commercial nuclear power plant in the United States to be completed in this century. Over its life-span, this one reactor will produce more electricity than six new combined cycle natural gas plants, or five new coal plants, or thirty of the largest solar arrays in the world, or 10,000 of the big MW wind turbines.

 

N-fuel Reprocessing Plant Delayed Until 2016

Posted: Sep 18, 2014 15:26 CST
The Japan News (originally published Sep 17, 2014)

Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. plans to postpone the completion of its spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in the village of Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, to around the spring of 2016, according to sources.The plant operator aimed to finish construction by October but concluded the Nuclear Regulation Authority would take more time than expected to carry out safety inspections, the sources said.

 

Expert Opinion: India’s Additional Protocol and the IAEA

Posted: Sep 18, 2014 15:23 CST
WorldECR

In late June, India announced pending ratification of an Additional Protocol with the IAEA that gives the agency powers to inspect civil installations. Could this be a prelude to Nuclear Suppliers’ Group membership? Some have their doubts about the value of the Additional Protocol. Here, WorldECR talks to SIPRI associated senior research fellow Robert Kelley about India’s decision to ratify the protocol.

 
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Verification Requirements for a Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Posted: Sep 18, 2014 15:21 CST
FAS Strategic Security Blog

Negotiations are currently underway with Iran regarding their nuclear program; as a result, one of the main questions for U.S. government policymakers is what monitoring and verification measures and tools will be required by the United States, its allies, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to ensure Iran’s nuclear program remains peaceful. To answer this question, the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) convened a non-partisan, independent task force to examine the technic...

 

How the Iranian Media Distort Country's Nuclear Lens

Posted: Sep 18, 2014 15:20 CST
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (originally published Sep 16, 2014)

Few topics preoccupy Iranians more than the ongoing nuclear talks between their country and the P5+1 (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, and Germany). The nuclear issue is on every single Iranian’s radar. This is not because they really care about the number of centrifuges spinning at Natanz, their country’s controversial enrichment plant. But the nuclear dossier has impacted every aspect of their lives. It has dictated Iran’s approach to foreign policy and governed...

 

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