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China Plans for Nuclear Growth

Posted: Nov 20, 2014 15:52 CST
World Nuclear News

China's nuclear generating capacity is set to triple over the next six years, according to an energy development plan published by the State Council. The State Council published the Energy Development Strategy Action Plan, 2014-2020 on 19 November. The plan aims to cut China's reliance on coal and promote the use of clean energy.

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IAEA Issues 2014 Edition of Climate Change and Nuclear Power

Posted: Nov 20, 2014 15:51 CST

The IAEA’s latest edition of the Climate Change and Nuclear Power report, issued today, examines the role of nuclear power in mitigating global climate change and how it contributes to other developmental and environmental challenges.


Provisions to Limit Future Iranian Illicit Procurements for Its Nuclear Programs

Posted: Nov 20, 2014 15:51 CST

As six world powers, the so-called EU3+3, or “The Six”--the United States, Britain, France, Germany, China, and Russia--negotiate a comprehensive agreement with Iran, it will be vital for them to maintain sanctions and controls on proliferation-sensitive goods, while at the appropriate time creating a verifiable procurement channel for Iran’s legitimate nuclear programs. Proliferation-sensitive goods are those needed in Iran’s nuclear programs and nuclear weapon delivery systems, the latter ...


A Note on Iran’s IR-5 Centrifuge Feeding

Posted: Nov 20, 2014 15:50 CST

On November 7, 2014, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released its quarterly safeguards report on Iran’s compliance with its safeguards obligations, including technical information related to its compliance with the Iran/P5+1 Joint Plan of Action (JPA). Upon conducting its analysis of the report, ISIS noticed that Iran had recently begun feeding uranium hexafluoride gas (UF₆) into the IR-5 centrifuge installed at the Pilot Fuel Enrichment Plant (PFEP) at Natanz. This centrifuge h...


North Korea, Angry Over Human Rights Pressures, Threatens another Nuclear Test

Posted: Nov 20, 2014 15:50 CST
Washington Post

With its trademark belligerence, North Korea threatened Thursday to conduct another nuclear test in response to the “grave political provocation,” of international efforts to charge the country’s leader with crimes against humanity. The threat came as a U.S. think tank said North Korea appeared to be restarting its Yongbyon nuclear plant, possibly to process weapons-grade plutonium.

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The Top 5 Reasons to Sign a Nuclear Deal with Iran

Posted: Nov 20, 2014 15:47 CST
The National Interest

As the November 24 deadline to reach a nuclear deal quickly approaches, reports are indicating that it could be extended should the upcoming talks in Vienna fail to yield a comprehensive agreement. This should not suggest that the talks are breaking down, but rather quite the opposite. The negotiating parties are aware of the importance of reaching a historic nuclear deal that would resolve a twelve-year dispute, not the least due to the benefits such an agreement would carry. Below are but a...

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Russia: North Korea Ready to Resume Nuclear Talks

Posted: Nov 20, 2014 15:47 CST

North Korea says it's ready to resume international talks on its nuclear program, Russia's foreign minister said Thursday as Moscow sought to raise its profile in the international standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke after meeting with Choe Ryong Hae, a special envoy for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who earlier this week gave Russian President Vladimir Putin a letter from Kim.

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US Report: China's Nukes Getting Bigger and Better

Posted: Nov 20, 2014 15:46 CST
Defense News (originally published Nov 19, 2014)

A new congressional-funded report paints a dark picture of China’s nuclear weapons and missile modernization efforts. The report, issued Nov. 19, by the US China Economic and Security Review Commission, states China will pose a threat to all US military forces, bases and assets in the Western Pacific within the next 10 years.

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Hinkley Point C Nuclear Plant’s Future in Doubt as Crisis Hits Shareholder

Posted: Nov 19, 2014 15:21 CST
The Guardian

The future of the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in Somerset is under a cloud amid a financial crisis at Areva, a shareholder in the project and the designer of the proposed reactors. Shares in the French engineering business plunged by almost a quarter after Areva warned it must suspend future profit predictions because of problems centered on a similar power station project in Finland.


Sweden, Norway and Ukraine Regulators to Cooperate

Posted: Nov 19, 2014 15:21 CST
World Nuclear News

The regulatory authorities of Sweden, Norway and Ukraine have agreed to cooperate in making improvements to the regulatory guidelines of the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine as well as establishing more robust safety systems at nuclear power plants in the country.

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Verifying Nuclear Tests Helped to End the Cold War: In 1988, Soviet and American Inspectors Swapped Places

Posted: Nov 19, 2014 15:20 CST
Medium (originally published Nov 18, 2014)

It may seem hard to believe today, with tensions rising between Russia and the West. But late in the Cold War, both the U.S. and the USSR directly measured nuclear experiments at each other’s test sites. The unlikely but successful collaboration helped to end the five-decade conflict.


Preventing a Nuclear ISIS

Posted: Nov 19, 2014 15:19 CST
Huffington Post (originally published Nov 18, 2014)

The risks of ISIS getting a nuclear bomb are small. But they are not zero. The group represents the greatest nuclear terrorist threat we have faced since Osama bin Laden talked with Pakistani nuclear scientists about how, exactly, he could build a bomb. Bin Laden's discussions took place just before his attacks of September 11, as documented by the 9/11 Commission. There have been disturbing signs that ISIS, too, is exploring this option. This may have prompted the question to President Barac...

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Iran Nuclear Deal May Need Deadline Extension, Says UK Foreign Secretary

Posted: Nov 19, 2014 15:18 CST
The Guardian

A nuclear deal with Iran is unlikely to be completed on schedule by next Monday but there may be enough progress to warrant extending the deadline, Britain’s foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, has said. Talks between Iran and six world powers on the future of the country’s nuclear program are in their last week in Vienna, with significant gaps remaining between the negotiating positions on how much capacity for enriching uranium Tehran should have, and the speed at which international sanctio...

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North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Facility: Reactor Shutdown Continues; Activity at Reprocessing Facility

Posted: Nov 19, 2014 15:18 CST
38 North

Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that the 5 MWe plutonium production reactor at North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center remains shutdown after 10 weeks, longer than what is required for routine maintenance. While it is too soon to reach a definitive conclusion, new evidence is accumulating that suggests: 1) the shutdown may have allowed the North to remove a limited number of fuel rods, possibly failed, from the reactor; and 2) Pyongyang may be preparing to rest...


Testimony of David Albright before the U.S. House of Representatives

Posted: Nov 19, 2014 15:16 CST
ISIS (originally published Nov 18, 2014)

Iran and the P5+1 group of countries (the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China) are feverishly working to reach a final, comprehensive solution on Iran’s nuclear program before the November 24, 2014 extended deadline of the Joint Plan of Action (JPA). The November 2013 JPA set out a process aimed at limiting Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic and financial sanctions. On a separate but linked negotiating track, Iran and the International Atomic E...


South Korea to Store Low Radioactive Waste Next Month At The Earliest

Posted: Nov 18, 2014 15:33 CST

South Korea hopes to win sufficient community support to open a long-delayed storage facility for low and medium level radioactive waste next month at the earliest, the head of the country's nuclear safety body said on Tuesday.


Mark Fitzpatrick: Testing Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Preparations

Posted: Nov 18, 2014 15:29 CST
IISS (originally published Nov 17, 2014)

Standing on a rocky hill on the banks of the Dead Sea, I heard a small thud, meant to simulate the tiny aftershocks of a nuclear test explosion. I was there on 15 November to observe one day of the largest-ever field exercise carried out by the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). When the CTBT will come into effect is anybody’s guess. In the 18 years since it has been open to signature, 183 states have put their names to it, but under the...

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Atomic Anxieties: Tough Choices Ahead When It Comes to America's Nukes

Posted: Nov 18, 2014 14:56 CST
The National Interest

The easy years of being a nuclear power are over. Late last week, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced the results of two reviews of the Department of Defense’s nuclear-weapons enterprise. The reviews found major deficiencies in leadership, manpower, unit morale and equipment—problems endemic to a nuclear force at a pivotal moment. The usual partisan answers will not suffice for the next decades: the country must take a candid look at its nuclear forces and make some very hard choices. ...


Iran to Resist "Excessive" Demands in Push for Nuclear Deal

Posted: Nov 18, 2014 14:55 CST

Iran said it would resist Western pressure to make what it considered to be excessive concessions in nuclear talks that started on Tuesday, highlighting obstacles that could prevent a historic deal being reached by a Nov. 24 deadline. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry declined to make any predictions for what he called a "critical week", during which negotiators from Iran and six world powers will push to end a 12-year dispute over Iran's nuclear program and dispel fears of a new Middle East...

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The Nuclear Gun Is Back On the Table

Posted: Nov 18, 2014 14:55 CST

I never had much time for the Greenham Common women. As a mildly reactionary student of the 1980s, I regarded them — and their protest camp outside a British nuclear-weapons base — as silly and misguided. After all, decades of experience taught that nuclear deterrence worked. Thirty years on and the nuclear peace is still holding. But I am becoming a little less secure in my belief that nukes will never be used. There are three reasons for my anxiety. First, the spread of nuclear weapons to u...



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