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Draft of the Final Document of the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

Posted: May 22, 2015 19:41 CST
NPT Conference

 

Israel Frets as U.N. Works to Arrange Mideast Nuclear Conference

Posted: May 22, 2015 19:37 CST
Wall Street Journal

Israeli officials said they are concerned the Obama administration is preparing to renege on a 2010 commitment to shield the Jewish state from attending a United Nations-backed conference aimed at establishing a Middle East free of nuclear weapons.

 
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METI Changes Tactics after Search for Nuclear Waste Host Proves Futile

Posted: May 22, 2015 15:29 CST
Kyodo News

The government of Japan will select potential areas to host nuclear dump sites instead of waiting for communities to volunteer, according to the revised policy on permanent disposal of high-level radioactive waste that was adopted by the Cabinet on Friday. The revision, the first in seven years, was prompted after towns, villages and cities throughout Japan snubbed requests to host nuclear waste dumps. The government has been soliciting offers since 2002.

 

‘Baseless’ Campaign: FO Rebuffs Report on Saudi ‘Nuclear Deal’

Posted: May 22, 2015 15:29 CST
The Express Tribune

The Foreign Office on Thursday vehemently rejected a British newspaper report, claiming that Saudi Arabia had decided to buy nuclear weapons from Pakistan. The report – appearing in The Sunday Times – cited senior American officials as saying that the Saudi authorities had taken the “strategic decision,” to acquire “off-the-shelf,” atomic weapons from Pakistan, risking a new arms race in the Middle East. “There has been an entirely baseless and mischievous campaign in the international media ...

 

U.S. Official in Israel to Discuss Mideast Nuclear Arms Ban

Posted: May 22, 2015 15:28 CST
Reuters

A senior U.S. official is in Israel to discuss the possibility of a compromise that would keep alive the idea of someday banning nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, U.S. officials and U.N. diplomats said on Thursday. A State Department official said on condition of anonymity that Assistant Secretary of State Tom Countryman was currently in Israel to discuss the WMD-free zone and other issues. "Both the United States and Israel support the creation of a WMD-free z...

 

NNSA Hosts International Nuclear Forensics Workshop with Participants from Eight Countries

Posted: May 22, 2015 15:27 CST
NNSA

During May 11-22, the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence program held a hands-on nuclear forensics course at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington. The “International Training Course on Nuclear Forensics Methodologies,” was co-sponsored with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Twenty participants from eight countries focused on the application of nuclear forensics methods during the invest...

 
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ISIS Claims it is 'Infinitely' Closer to Buying a Nuclear Weapon from Pakistan and Smuggling It into the US

Posted: May 22, 2015 15:26 CST
Daily Mail

Islamic State has claimed it is 'infinitely' closer to buying a nuclear bomb from Pakistan and smuggling it into the US. An article, apparently penned by British hostage John Cantlie for the terror group’s magazine, Dabiq, says the scenario is 'more possible today than it was just one year ago'. In an article entitled 'The Perfect Storm', it is claimed ISIS has billions of dollars in the bank and describes a 'hypothetical operation' which involves it buying a nuclear bomb 'through weapons dea...

 

Japan Approves Third Nuclear Plant for Restart

Posted: May 21, 2015 16:47 CST
Reu

Japan's nuclear regulator signed off on the basic safety of a reactor at a third nuclear plant on Wednesday, as the country inches toward rebooting its atomic industry more than four years after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. The decision will be a boost for operator Shikoku Electric Power Co, which relied on its sole Ikata nuclear power station in southwestern Japan for about 40 percent of its electricity output before the meltdowns at Fukushima led to the shutdown of all the country's reactors.

 
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IAEA Helps Nuclear Newcomers with Workforce Planning Tool

Posted: May 21, 2015 16:45 CST
IAEA

In developing the necessary workforce for new nuclear power programs, the IAEA is making increased use of a new modelling tool to help newcomer countries understand their human resources requirements. The so-called newcomers are countries that are considering or already working to add nuclear power in their energy mix. Workforce planning is an important component in the overall strategy for developing the necessary nuclear infrastructure. When countries consider adding nuclear power to their...

 
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Areva Signs Up for Texas Storage Facility

Posted: May 21, 2015 15:39 CST
World Nuclear News

Areva Inc. is to take a lead role in designing, constructing and operating a proposed interim storage facility for used nuclear fuel in Texas, after signing an agreement to be Waste Control Specialist's (WCS) exclusive primary subcontractor for the project. The latest agreement builds on a February 2015 announcement of the two companies' intentions to work together, and covers the design, development, construction, operation and maintenance of the Consolidated Interim Storage Facility (CISF) ...

 
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Israel Fears Obama Will Stop Hiding Its Nuclear 'Secret'

Posted: May 21, 2015 15:38 CST
Bloomberg

The Israeli government is worried the Obama administration will allow a U.N. conference this week to adopt a resolution that could compel Israel to acknowledge its nuclear arsenal. At issue is a proposal at the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference that would empower the U.N. secretary general to organize a conference to pursue a Middle East free of nukes and other weapons of mass destruction.

 
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Nuclear Program is for Pakistan's Own Self Defense: Foreign Office

Posted: May 21, 2015 15:37 CST
The Nation

Pakistan has emphatically stated that its nuclear program is purely for its own legitimate self-defense and maintenance of credible minimum deterrence. At his weekly news briefing in Islamabad today,Foreign Office Spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah strongly rejected media reports that Saudi Arabia wants to acquire nuclear weapons from Pakistan. He said there is no Pakistan-Saudi nuclear deal. The spokesperson made it clear that Pakistan has a robust command and control structure and comprehensive...

 

Don’t Weaken Our Defenses against Nuclear Smuggling

Posted: May 21, 2015 15:37 CST
The Hill (originally published May 20, 2015)

When smugglers carrying deadly radioactive cesium-137 emerged from the woods near the Armenian-Georgian border in August 2014, the police were waiting. They were far from any fixed radiation detector. But the Georgian security services learned the smugglers chose not to use the official border crossing because there was a radiation detector there — driving them right into the police’s arms on the wild border. Had there been no radiation detector at the official border crossing, the smuggler...

 

US: N. Korea ‘Many Years’ From Developing Submarine Missile

Posted: May 20, 2015 18:29 CST
AP

North Korea is “many years” away from being able to launch ballistic missiles from a submarine but that capability could eventually pose a threat to U.S. allies Japan and South Korea, a top U.S. military officer said Tuesday. North Korean state media reported leader Kim Jong Un observing the test of such a missile earlier this month. Photos showed a projectile rising from the sea’s surface and Kim smiling from a distance at what looked like a floating submarine. Kim declared it to be a “world...

 

Mark Fitzpatrick: Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the Nuclear Rumor Mill

Posted: May 20, 2015 18:27 CST
IISS

One of the arguments most often raised against the emerging Iran nuclear deal is that it will prompt a proliferation cascade in the region. For years I have worried that if Iran got too close to being able to produce nuclear weapons it would stimulate a similar effort by Saudi Arabia, which in turn might encourage Egypt and others to follow suit. True, the Saudis have gone beyond what they said in 2006 about interest in nuclear energy. In 2008, the kingdom signed a memorandum of understandin...

 

Senate Panel Gives Boost to Texas Firm’s Bid to Store Nuclear Waste

Posted: May 20, 2015 15:24 CST
Dallas Morning News (originally published May 19, 2015)

The Texas Company seeking to store the nation’s high-level spent nuclear fuel got a boost today, when a Senate subcommittee forwarded to the full appropriations committee a bill that would authorize the Department of Energy to contract with a private company to store some of that spent and highly radioactive nuclear waste. The bill authorizes a pilot program to remove spent fuel from permanently decommissioned nuclear sites, seen as a first step to eventually designating a storage site for a...

 

Czech Energy Strategy Embraces Nuclear Without 'Subsidies'

Posted: May 20, 2015 15:24 CST
World Nuclear News

The share of nuclear power in the Czech Republic's electricity generation mix is expected to rise from about 35% currently to between 46% and 58% by 2040. The target is part of the pro-nuclear elements of a long-term energy strategy - ASEK, according to its Czech acronym - which the country's trade and industry ministry published yesterday. The aim to support the increased use of nuclear power and renewable energy is part of the country's commitment to a European Union target for cutting carb...

 

Pentagon’s Annual Report to Congress, Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2015

Posted: May 20, 2015 15:22 CST
Department of Defense

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) continues to pursue a long-term, comprehensive military modernization program designed to improve its armed forces’ capacity to fight short-duration, high-intensity regional conflicts. as China’s global footprint and international interests grow, its military modernization program has become progressively more focused on investments for a range of missions beyond China’s periphery, including power projection, sea lane security, counter-piracy, peacekeeping...

 
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The Great 2010 DPRK Nuclear Test Debate: Summarizing the Evidence of a Low-Yield Nuclear Test Carried out in North Korea in May 2010

Posted: May 20, 2015 15:22 CST
38 North (originally published May 19, 2015)

On April 28, 2015, Jeffrey Lewis as well as Joel Wit and Sun Young Ahn posted on 38 North their negative (Lewis) and inconclusive (Wit and Ahn with some additional indications via satellite imagery) views on whether or not the North Koreans actually carried out a low-yield nuclear test in May 2010. As I started this debate with an article in Science & Global Security in late February 2012, with its major message spread by Nature on February 3, 2012, I would like to correct a number of misunde...

 
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Iran's Khamenei Rules out Interviews with Nuclear Scientists

Posted: May 20, 2015 15:21 CST
Reuters

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday Tehran would not accept "unreasonable demands" by world powers over its disputed nuclear program and ruled out letting inspectors interview its atomic scientists. "We will never yield to pressure ... We will not accept unreasonable demands ... Iran will not give access to its (nuclear) scientists," Khamenei said. "We will not allow the privacy of our nuclear scientists or any other important issue to be violated." Khamenei, who ha...

 

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