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An Open Letter to the Iranian Negotiating Team

Posted: Aug 20, 2014 16:49 CST
Brookings Institute

Robert Einhorn served as the Secretary of State's Special Advisor for Nonproliferation and Arms Control from 2009 to June 2013. In that capacity he helped craft the Obama administration's diplomatic strategy on Iran and participated in negotiations between the P5+1 and Tehran. This letter was originally published on Saturday, August 16 on the influential Iranian website, Iranian Diplomacy. The site is managed by Seyyed Mohammad Sadegh Kharrazi, former deputy foreign minister of the Islamic Re...

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Fukushima Radioactive Water 'Ice Plug' Plan Fails

Posted: Aug 20, 2014 15:28 CST
The Telegraph

The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has conceded defeat in its effort to create a frozen plug in a tunnel to stop water flowing into the No. 2 reactor building and becoming contaminated with radiation. Since early June, engineers from Tokyo Electric Power Co. have injected more than 400 tons of ice and dry ice into the tunnel in an effort to freeze a section of the passage solid. Tepco said that it will now experiment with cement and other sealant materials in an effort t...


Sandia Report Draws Lessons Learned From 'Perfect Heists' For National Security

Posted: Aug 20, 2014 15:27 CST (originally published Aug 19, 2014)

In 2003, the unthinkable happened at Belgium's Antwerp Diamond Center. Thieves broke into its reputedly impenetrable vault and made off with hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of diamonds, gold, cash and other valuables. The Antwerp Diamond Center theft and other sophisticated, high-value heists show that motivated criminals can find ways to overcome every obstacle between them and their targets. Can the Energy and Defense departments, responsible for analyzing, designing and implementing...

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This is INS Arihant, First Made-in-India Nuclear Submarine

Posted: Aug 20, 2014 15:27 CST

The INS Arihant, country's first made-at-home nuclear submarine is being built in top secret conditions at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. NDTV's Science Editor Pallava Bagla has accessed the first images of the 6,000-tonne vessel, the first of a class of three nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines with a displacement of 6,000 tonnes. She is designed to carry four nuclear-tipped submarine-launched ballistic missiles called the K-4 which have a range of 3,500 kilometers or a dozen Bo 5...

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Iran Moving to Meet Terms of Extended Nuclear Deal: IAEA

Posted: Aug 20, 2014 15:26 CST

Iran has started taking action to comply with the terms of an extended agreement with six world powers over its disputed atomic activities, a U.N. nuclear watchdog report obtained by Reuters on Wednesday showed. The findings in a monthly update by the International Atomic Energy Agency - though no major surprise - may be seen as positive by the West ahead of the expected resumption next month of negotiations on ending the decade-old nuclear dispute.


IAEA Praises Jordanian Progress

Posted: Aug 19, 2014 16:49 CST
WNN (originally published Aug 18, 2014)

Jordan has made "notable progress," in developing its nuclear infrastructure, a mission led by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has found. The team made several recommendations to the country for developing this further. An IAEA-led team of international experts reviewed Jordan's program for introducing nuclear power during an Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) mission to the country between 4 and 14 August. The mission was led by Jong Kyun Park, director of the IAEA...


Squaring the Nonproliferation Circle

Posted: Aug 19, 2014 16:42 CST
Belfer Center (originally published Aug 18, 2014)

Today, the Cold War has disappeared but thousands of [nuclear] weapons have not. In a strange turn of history, the threat of global nuclear war has gone down, but the risk of a nuclear attack has gone up. More nations have acquired these weapons. Testing has continued. Black market trade in nuclear secrets and nuclear materials abound. The technology to build a bomb has spread. Terrorists are determined to buy, build or steal one.” So said President Barack Obama in 2009, discussing the greate...

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Tokyo Weighs Written Guarantee of Nuclear-Plant Safety

Posted: Aug 19, 2014 15:24 CST
Wall Street Journal

Eager to get Japan’s nuclear-power plants restarted, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government is weighing whether to offer a written statement guaranteeing plants’ safety. “We have received requests from local governments to guarantee the safety of specific plants–for example, in a written statement,” said Toshimitsu Motegi, the minister who oversees the power industry, at a Tokyo conference Tuesday. “We’ll consider what sort of measures we could take to explain” the situation, said Mr. Motegi,...

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The Future of Homeland Missile Defense

Posted: Aug 19, 2014 15:22 CST
Project on Nuclear Issues (originally published Aug 18, 2014)

The annual Space and Missile Defense conference held August 11-14 in Huntsville, Alabama covered a wide range of topics, but the future of Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program was among the most prominent. Speakers at the four-day event included Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Elaine Bunn, LTG Charles Jacoby of NORTHCOM, Admiral Cecil Haney of STRATCOM, Senator Jeff Sessions, and Rep. Mike Rogers, all of whom conveyed the importance of missile defense progress. The most signific...


RPT-INSIGHT-The Cost of Caring for Europe's Elderly Nuclear Plants

Posted: Aug 18, 2014 15:47 CST

Europe's ageing nuclear fleet will undergo more prolonged outages over the next few years, reducing the reliability of power supply and costing plant operators many millions of dollars. Nuclear power provides about a third of the European Union's electricity generation, but the 28-nation bloc's 131 reactors are well past their prime, with an average age of 30 years. And the energy companies, already feeling the pinch from falling energy prices and weak demand, want to extend the life of their...

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Austrian Parliament Backs Government Efforts for Nuclear Disarmament

Posted: Aug 18, 2014 15:47 CST
Eurasia Review (originally published Aug 17, 2014)

As the Austrian government prepares to host the third international conference on the humanitarian consequences of atomic weapons on December 8-9 in Vienna, the county’s parliament has provided it the legal basis for its commitment to usher in a world without nuclear weapons of mass destruction. The forthcoming gathering in Vienna will be the third since the March 2013 conference in Oslo convened by the Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide who said the Conference had “provided an arena...


China Has Not Separated Any Plutonium in 2013

Posted: Aug 18, 2014 15:46 CST
International Panel on Fissile Materials (originally published Aug 15, 2014)

In its annual report of civilian plutonium holdings, published by IAEA as document INFCIRC/549/add.7/13, China declared having 13.8 kg of unirradiated separated plutonium, this amount has not changed since 2010.

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U.N. Nuclear Chief Upbeat after 'Useful' Iran Visit

Posted: Aug 18, 2014 15:43 CST
Reuters (originally published Aug 17, 2014)

Iran has given a firm commitment to cooperate with a U.N. nuclear watchdog investigation into suspected atomic bomb research, the head of the agency said after what he described as a "useful," visit to Tehran on Sunday. Yukiya Amano made the trip ahead of an Aug. 25 deadline for Iran to provide information relevant to the International Atomic Energy Agency's long-running inquiry into what it calls the possible military dimensions of the country's nuclear program.

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North Korea Threatens 'Merciless' Strike against US-South Korea Drill

Posted: Aug 18, 2014 15:43 CST
Defense News (originally published Aug 17, 2014)

North Korea warned Sunday of a possible “merciless,” pre-emptive strike as it blasted an upcoming joint US-South Korean military exercise as a rehearsal for nuclear war. South Korea vowed to go ahead from Monday with the annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian drill, which is aimed at testing readiness to combat any North Korean invasion.


NATO-Based Nuclear Weapons Are an Advantage in a Dangerous World

Posted: Aug 18, 2014 15:42 CST
The Washington Post (originally published Aug 17, 2014)

When NATO’s leaders gather in Wales in early September, they will address several issues critical to the alliance, including Russian adventurism in Ukraine and elsewhere in Eastern Europe, members’ contribution to collective defense, the adequacy of individual national defense budgets and plans for supporting the people of Afghanistan. In the course of their deliberations on these issues, however, they also should reaffirm the value to the alliance of the continued presence of the modest numb...

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TVO: Rethink Could Kill Olkiluoto 4 Nuclear Project

Posted: Aug 15, 2014 16:03 CST
YLE (originally published Aug 14, 2014)

The Finland power utility Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) says that its planned fourth Olkiluoto nuclear reactor will probably never be built if it is forced to re-apply for a new decision-in-principle. The current decision only remains in force until next June. Work on the Olkiluoto 4 (OL4) project has been put off due to drastic delays and cost overruns with the unit’s predecessor, OL3. The firm has asked for the existing decision to be extended.

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South Korea Suggests Northeast Asia Nuclear Safety Group

Posted: Aug 15, 2014 16:02 CST

South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Friday urged the creation of a nuclear safety consultative group in Northeast Asia, given the high number of nuclear power plants in the region and public concerns over safety. South Korea operates 23 reactors supplying about a third of the country's power, but Japan's 2011 Fukushima disaster, North Korean nuclear tests and a series of domestic nuclear scandals have heightened public fears about nuclear radiation.

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Nuclear Weapons for South Korea

Posted: Aug 15, 2014 16:01 CST
The Diplomat (originally published Aug 14, 2014)

Under threat of a possible fourth North Korean nuclear test, should South Korea develop its own nuclear weapon? A fourth nuclear test could further influence the debate in Seoul and Washington over whether South Korea should consider the “nuclear option.” Such a decision – if South Korea were to seriously consider it – could upturn the 60-year South Korean-U.S. alliance, global nonproliferation efforts, not to mention dozens of international obligations that tie one of Asia’s wealthiest nati...

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Why America Doesn't Need All Its Nukes ...And It Can't Afford Them Either

Posted: Aug 15, 2014 14:32 CST
Real Clear Defense (originally published Aug 14, 2014)

Earlier this week in RealClearDefense, the Foreign Policy Initiative’s Evan Moore made his case for “why America still needs nukes.” Moore points to the conclusions of the recently released National Defense Panel (NDP) report on defense policy as evidence of the importance of nuclear weapons to U.S. security and the need to rebuild America’s aging nuclear delivery systems and their associated warheads.


The Need to Tread Cautiously on a US-Vietnam Nuclear Deal

Posted: Aug 15, 2014 14:31 CST
The Diplomat

The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is a critical component of the Asia Pivot – an emerging U.S. ally, a rapidly growing economy within ASEAN, and a militarily dynamic state that contests China’s claims in the South China Sea, particularly over the Spratly Islands. The justification for a military alliance between the United States and Vietnam is obvious: Vietnam occupies a strategically vital position along the western border of the South China Sea, and for this reason Washington’s interests i...



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