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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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U.S. Weighing Punishments for Russia’s Nuclear Violations

Posted: May 20, 2015 15:21 CST
Bloomberg

The Obama administration is considering a range of options to respond to Russia’s ongoing violation of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty. Part of the response could involve deploying new U.S. weapons to Eastern Europe. The administration is currently debating both defensive and offensive responses, Admiral James “Sandy” Winnefeld, the outgoing vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said, while top officials continue pushing the Russians to get back into compliance. Secretary of State...

 
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What Lies Behind North Korea's Nuclear Claims

Posted: May 20, 2015 15:20 CST
BBC

Official claims by North Korea that it has successfully developed the technology to "miniaturize" a nuclear device and, by implication, deploy it on a ballistic missile, have raised international concerns about the growing security threat posed by North Korea to its neighbors. This, together with the apparent test firing by the North on 8 May of a submarine-launched ballistic missile, and reports last month of the possible execution of Defence Minister Hyon Yong-chol, suggest that the country...

 
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The Case for Nuclear Power – Despite the Risks

Posted: May 19, 2015 17:10 CST
The Conversation

Nuclear power is likely the least well-understood energy source in the United States. Just 99 nuclear power plants spread over 30 states provide one-fifth of America’s electricity. These plants have provided reliable, affordable and clean energy for decades. They also carry risk - to the public, to the environment and to the financial solvency of utilities. Risk is the product of the probability of an occurrence and its consequence. The probability of dying in a car accident is actually quite...

 

S. Africa to Start 9,600 MW Nuclear Procurement Process this Year

Posted: May 19, 2015 15:37 CST
Reuters

South Africa will start the process to procure a nuclear fleet to generate 9,600 megawatts of power this year, the energy minister said on Tuesday, as Africa's most advanced economy battles an energy crunch. To meet its targeted nuclear generation capacity, South Africa plans to build six new nuclear power plants by 2030 at a cost estimated between 400 billion rand and 1 trillion rand ($34-$84 billion).

 

EDF to Propose Buying Areva Reactor Unit in Coming Days

Posted: May 19, 2015 15:37 CST
Reuters

French utility EDF plans to offer to buy the nuclear reactor business of fellow state-controlled group Areva, EDF Chief Executive Jean-Bernard Levy said on Tuesday, giving few clues on the possible price. The French government has been pushing to find a solution to deep problems in the country's once-mighty nuclear sector. Levy said that in coming days he would propose to Areva Chairman Philippe Varin that EDF buy Areva's reactors business, offering what he termed a "market price," for the bu...

 

US Actions May Prompt Russia to Consider Increasing Nuclear Arsenal

Posted: May 19, 2015 15:36 CST
Sputnik News (originally published May 17, 2015)

Mikhail Ulyanov, the Director of the Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control at the Russian Foreign Ministry, warned that US measures undermining global strategic stability may force Russia to grow its nuclear arsenal instead of carrying out further disarmament. Speaking at the Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in New York on Friday, Ulyanov stated that the US proposal to reduce the total number of deployed warheads by a third is ...

 
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Kim Orders New Pyongyang Space Entity to Ready October Test-Launch of ICBM: Sources

Posted: May 19, 2015 15:36 CST
Japan Times

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered a new aerospace entity to prepare to test-launch what the country calls a rocket carrying a satellite in October to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the country’s ruling party, sources in a number of governments said Monday. Kim directly instructed the National Aerospace Development Administration earlier this year to implement the project that the United States, Japan and South Korea suspect will effectively be a test-launch of an inter...

 

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