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Paducah Deactivation Begins

Posted: Oct 22, 2014 15:10 CST
World Nuclear News

Work to deactivate the former Paducah gaseous diffusion enrichment plant can begin in earnest after Centrus Energy subsidiary United States Enrichment Corporation formally handed back full control of the Kentucky complex to the US Department of Energy (DoE).

 
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Is Iran About to Blow It?

Posted: Oct 22, 2014 15:08 CST
National Interest (originally published Oct 21, 2014)

Iran’s negotiators have successfully framed these final days of the nuclear talks on their terms—and that might lull them into making big mistakes. That’s Brookings Iran watcher Suzanne Maloney’s argument in a deep analysis of Iranian tactics ahead of the November 24 expiration of the interim agreement. Tehran, she says, is taking four steps to strengthen its hand.

 

Kerry: U.S. Ready to Reduce Military Presence in Asia if N. Korea Gives Up Nuclear Program

Posted: Oct 22, 2014 15:07 CST
Yonhap

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday the United States is prepared to reduce its military presence in Asia if North Korea rejoins nuclear negotiations and follows through on its denuclearization commitment. Kerry made the remark in Berlin during a joint news conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, expressing hope for restarting the long-stalled six-party nuclear talks "in the next weeks, months perhaps." "We've said from day one that if North Korea want...

 

A Response to Critics of U.S.-Russian Nuclear Security Cooperation

Posted: Oct 22, 2014 15:05 CST
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (originally published Oct 21, 2014)

Most U.S. policymakers support critical U.S. investments in improving security to prevent the theft of nuclear weapons and weapons usable material in Russia. A few, however, are starting to raise doubts about whether this cooperation is a good idea. Skeptics argue that, because of Russia’s incursion into Ukraine, the federal government needs to make a stronger case for nuclear security cooperation with Russia. They argue that the U.S. case needs to address issues like the cost of nuclear secu...

 
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Russia Completes TVS-5 Tests

Posted: Oct 22, 2014 15:01 CST
World Nuclear News

Russia has completed testing of the TVS-5 fuel assembly with mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel containing nitrides, the prototype fuel for the pilot demonstration BREST-OD-300 reactor that is to be built at the site of the Siberian Chemical Combine (SCC) in Tomsk. Construction work is to start in 2016 and be completed in 2020.

 
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EU-APWR Passes EUR Assessment

Posted: Oct 22, 2014 15:01 CST
World Nuclear News

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' (MHI's) European version of its Advanced Pressurized Water Reactor (EU-APWR) has been formally certified as compliant by the European Utility Requirements (EUR) organization. The EU-APWR is based on the 1538 MWe APWR planned for units 3 and 4 of Japan Atomic Power Co's Tsuruga nuclear power plant. However, the reactor will feature design changes that reflect the demands of European customers for enhanced performance. The proposed enhancements include a thermal eff...

 

Rosatom Groups Engineering Expertise

Posted: Oct 22, 2014 15:00 CST
World Nuclear News

Atomenergoproekt (AEP) has been placed under the executive control of another Rosatom subsidiary in order to consolidate Russia's nuclear power engineering expertise into a single division. Rosatom director general Sergey Kirienko announced the change at a meeting with AEP management, the state nuclear corporation said today.

 
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'No Question of India Joining NPT as Non-nuclear Weapon State'

Posted: Oct 22, 2014 15:00 CST
The New Indian Express

India has made it clear that there is no question of it joining the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as a non-nuclear weapon state while reaffirming its commitment to check further proliferation of atomic weapons. India also reiterated its stand of "no first use" of nuclear weapons and not targeting non-nuclear weapons states and offered to enter into agreements incorporating the two principles.

 
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Nuclear Secrecy Feeds Concerns of Rogues Getting Weapons

Posted: Oct 22, 2014 14:59 CST
Bloomberg (originally published Oct 21, 2014)

As the world’s nuclear monitor tries to prevent weapons-grade material getting into the wrong hands, its determination to keep its methods secret is raising concerns among analysts that it may be risking a fatal mistake. The International Atomic Energy Agency has increased its role trying to vouch for the safety of nuclear materials in Iran, North Korea and Syria, just as investigators have become less forthcoming about how they reach their conclusions. By feeding the distrust between the nuc...

 
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New Minister Says ‘Safe’ Nuclear Reactors Will be Re-Started in Japan

Posted: Oct 21, 2014 16:57 CST
PennEnergy

Japan’s new Trade minister, Yoichi Miyazawa, says he will continue with the policy of re-starting nuclear reactors that are deemed safe by the atomic regulator. Miyazawa, the recently appointed Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry also said he would move towards restarting Kyushu Electric Power Co's Sendai nuclear power plant in southwestern Japan, according to Reuters.

 

South Africa Plans Next Steps with Vendors

Posted: Oct 21, 2014 15:47 CST
World Nuclear News

South Africa is moving towards signing framework agreements with China and Japan and is inviting would-be reactor vendor countries to participate in workshops to showcase their offerings as it moves through the pre-procurement phase of its nuclear new-build plans. In a statement, the South African Department of Energy said that it expects energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson to sign an inter-governmental agreement with China during the first week of November and also to sign one with Japan ...

 
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The UCS Nuclear Weapons Complex Map

Posted: Oct 21, 2014 15:46 CST
Union of Concerned Scientists

The UCS Nuclear Weapons Complex Map is a free, publicly available, interactive tool that allows users to explore the U.S. nuclear weapons complex in Google Earth and provides information about its facilities. All the information comes from public sources.

 
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The Unaffordable Arsenal: Reducing the Costs of the Bloated U.S. Nuclear Stockpile

Posted: Oct 21, 2014 15:45 CST
Arms Control Association

The United States currently plans to spend some $355 billion to maintain and rebuild its Cold War-era nuclear arsenal over the next decade, even as the overall U.S. defense budget is declining and U.S. military planners and the president have determined that the United States can deter nuclear threats against the United States and its allies with far fewer nuclear weapons. This report argues that the increasingly high cost of nuclear weapons, combined with shrinking budgets and stockpiles, sh...

 
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Report Says U.S. May OK More Centrifuges in Iran Nuclear Talks

Posted: Oct 21, 2014 15:44 CST
Los Angeles Times

The Obama administration has sweetened its offer to Iran in ongoing nuclear negotiations, saying it might accept Tehran operating 4,000 centrifuges, up from the previous 1,300, according to a semiofficial Iranian news agency. The Mehr news agency also said Monday that Iran and the six world powers seeking to negotiate a nuclear deal remained divided over how much uranium-enrichment capacity the Middle East nation should be allowed to maintain, and how to lift punitive sanctions from its econo...

 

Update on the Site of the Alleged Explosion at the Parchin Military Complex

Posted: Oct 21, 2014 15:44 CST
ISIS

On October 8, 2014, ISIS published an Imagery Brief showing the possible location of an alleged explosion or fire that took place at the Parchin military complex on Sunday, October 5, 2014. Since then, ISIS has purchased and analyzed new commercial satellite imagery in order to better assess the correctness of the location of the incident and the extent of the damage. Although previous imagery only showed a section of the complex, new Airbus imagery dated October 9, 2014, shows the entire Pa...

 
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Exclusive: Iran Offers "Compromises" in Nuclear Talks, West Unmoved

Posted: Oct 21, 2014 15:43 CST
Reuters

Iran is pushing what it portrays as a new compromise proposal in nuclear talks, but Western negotiators say it offers no viable concessions, underscoring how far apart the two sides are as they enter crunch time before a Nov. 24 deadline. In the negotiations with six major powers, the Iranians say they are no longer demanding a total end to economic sanctions in return for curbing their nuclear program and would accept initially lifting just the latest, most damaging, sanctions.

 
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Power Plants Seek to Extend Life of Nuclear Reactors for Decades

Posted: Oct 20, 2014 16:22 CST
New York Times

The prospects for building new nuclear reactors may be sharply limited, but the owners of seven old ones, in Pennsylvania, Virginia and South Carolina, are preparing to ask for permission to run them until they are 80 years old. Nuclear proponents say that extending plants’ lifetimes is more economical — and a better way to hold down carbon dioxide emissions — than building new plants, although it will require extensive monitoring of steel, concrete, cable insulation and other components. But...

 

Cyber Security Units to Protect Russia’s Nuclear Weapons Stockpiles

Posted: Oct 20, 2014 15:56 CST
RT (originally published Oct 17, 2014)

The IT systems of all Russian nuclear weapons stockpiles will be protected by a new team of anti-hackers, the Defense Ministry said after a year-long “hunting season” for programmers. Special units of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces (SMF), responsible for the country’s nuclear weapons, will reduce the vulnerability, should it be found, in their brand-new information systems, according to the Defense Ministry’s spokesman. Titled “Sopka”, which in Russian stands for the “System of Detectio...

 

Obama Sees an Iran Deal That Could Avoid Congress

Posted: Oct 20, 2014 15:55 CST
The New York Times (originally published Oct 19, 2014)

No one knows if the Obama administration will manage in the next five weeks to strike what many in the White House consider the most important foreign policy deal of his presidency: an accord with Iran that would forestall its ability to make a nuclear weapon. But the White House has made one significant decision: If agreement is reached, President Obama will do everything in his power to avoid letting Congress vote on it. “We wouldn’t seek congressional legislation in any comprehensive agree...

 
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Sweden's Submarine Hunt Sends Cold War Chill across Baltic

Posted: Oct 20, 2014 15:54 CST
AP

Sweden’s biggest submarine hunt since the dying days of the Soviet Union has put countries around the Baltic Sea on edge. In a scene reminiscent of the Cold War, Swedish naval ships, helicopters and ground troops combed the Stockholm archipelago for a fourth day Monday for signs of a foreign submarine or smaller underwater craft that officials suspect entered Swedish waters illegally. Military spokesman Jesper Tengroth said more than 200 personnel were involved in the operation, but stressed ...

 

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