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Abu Dhabi’s Nuclear Plant Makes Impressive Progress

Posted: Aug 28, 2014 19:42 CST
PennEnergy

Over half of Abu Dhabi’s first nuclear power plant is already in place and its rate of progress has impressed the International Atomic Energy Agency. More than 55 per cent of Abu Dhabi’s Unit 1 nuclear power plant has now been completed at Barakah in the west of the region and with some nuclear projects in other countries in receipt of bad publicity for costly delays in recent times the UAE example is being lauded.

 

S. Korea Will Help North Attract Investment If It Gives Up Nukes: Finance Minister

Posted: Aug 28, 2014 19:39 CST
GlobalPost

South Korea will help North Korea get international investment if Pyongyang gives up its nuclear ambitions, the country's top economic policymaker said Thursday. "If North Korea decides to abandon its nuclear weapons, we will cooperate with Northeast Asian countries to actively support North Korea's accession to international financial organizations and its attraction of international investment," Finance Minister Choi Kyung-hwan told a forum that discussed economic cooperation among Asian co...

 
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Modi Eyes Breakthrough Nuclear Pact on Japan Trip

Posted: Aug 28, 2014 14:59 CST
Reuters (originally published Aug 27, 2014)

India is hoping to win Japanese backing for a nuclear energy pact during a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and lure investment into its $85 billion market while addressing Japan's concern about doing business with a nuclear-armed country. India has been pushing for an agreement with Japan on the lines of a 2008 deal with the United States under which India was allowed to import U.S. nuclear fuel and technology without giving up its military nuclear program.

 

Don’t Help Russia Destroy the INF Treaty

Posted: Aug 28, 2014 14:57 CST
European Leadership Network

The annual treaty compliance report released by the United States in July contained a much anticipated statement that accused Russia of noncompliance with the terms of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Reports about Russia’s noncompliance first surfaced in July 2013, but it took the United States a year to make its finding public. A violation of a major nuclear arms control agreement is, of course, a serious matter, so it hardly surprising that the U.S. administration has found it...

 

Worldwide Deployments of Nuclear Weapons, 2014

Posted: Aug 28, 2014 14:56 CST
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (originally published Aug 26, 2014)

As of mid-2014, the authors estimate that there are approximately 16,300 nuclear weapons located at some 98 sites in 14 countries. Roughly 10,000 of these weapons are in military arsenals; the remaining weapons are retired and awaiting dismantlement. Approximately 4,000 are operationally available, and some 1,800 are on high alert and ready for use on short notice. The largest concentrations of nuclear weapons reside in Russia and the United States, which possess 93 percent of the total globa...

 
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Reports Propose Compromise for Iran Nuclear Deal

Posted: Aug 28, 2014 14:56 CST
Al-Monitor

As negotiators from Iran and six world powers prepare to resume talks next month, two new papers by prominent arms-control experts close to the negotiations offer prescriptions for how to overcome key obstacles to reach a nuclear deal. The new papers, by former US nuclear negotiator Robert Einhorn, the International Crisis Group (ICG) and the Arms Control Association (ACA), propose a compromise that would have Iran agree to reduce the size of its enrichment program in the near term while allo...

 
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North Korea Building Missile Submarine

Posted: Aug 28, 2014 14:55 CST
Washington Free Beacon (originally published Aug 26, 2014)

U.S. intelligence agencies believe North Korea is building a submarine capable of launching ballistic missiles, potentially increasing the threat posed by the nuclear-armed rogue state. A missile launch tube on a North Korean submarine was observed recently by U.S. intelligence agencies and is raising new concerns about the missile and nuclear threat from the communist regime in Pyongyang, according to two defense officials familiar with reports of the development.

 
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Sellafield Completes Nuclear Waste Store

Posted: Aug 27, 2014 15:39 CST
Energy Live News

A new storage facility designed to keep nuclear waste safe and secure has been completed by Sellafield Ltd. The Encapsulated Product Store 3 (EPS3) in Cumbria, which contains more than 32,000 cubic meters of concrete and 7,300 tonnes of steel, is capable of storing 29,000 waste drums. Pete Lutwyche, Sellafield Program Director for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) said the completion of EPS 3 marks a “major milestone,” in the decommissioning of Sellafield.

 
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Fukushima Towns OK Plan to Construct Storage Facilities for Nuke Waste

Posted: Aug 27, 2014 15:38 CST
Asahi Shimbun

Two Fukushima Prefecture municipalities have decided to accept the central government's rich package of subsidies to allow the construction of intermediate facilities to store radioactive debris from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant disaster. “We succeeded in greatly deepening (local officials’) understanding (of our storage facility plan),” Nobuteru Ishihara, environment minister, told reporters on Aug. 26 after meeting with members of the town assemblies of Futaba and Okuma.

 

Mark Fitzpatrick: Discussing Global Nuclear Futures in Anti-Nuclear Austria

Posted: Aug 27, 2014 15:37 CST
IISS

The serenity of Tyrol, in a country where nuclear-power generation is unlawful, is a pleasant if incongruous setting to contemplate the dilemmas of the technology. This past weekend I co-led a European Union seminar on ‘Nuclear Futures?’ in connection with the Alpbach Forum in the eponymous alpine town. In answer to the question mark in the seminar title, our group of experts from academia, industry and bureaucracy concluded in the affirmative. To be sure, nuclear power provides a declining p...

 
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Deadline Passed, No Sign of Breakthrough in Iran Nuclear Probe

Posted: Aug 27, 2014 15:37 CST
Reuters

Iran may have failed to meet a deadline for addressing U.N. concerns about suspected nuclear bomb research, but it could still act to influence a key report due next week, diplomatic sources said on Wednesday. The sources, who follow the nuclear issue but declined to be identified, said they had seen no indications so far that Tehran had replied in substance to questions from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) by the agreed Aug. 25 date.

 

Iran Says Tested New Nuclear Enrichment Machine, May Irk West

Posted: Aug 27, 2014 15:36 CST
Reuters

Iran has conducted "mechanical," tests on a new, advanced machine to refine uranium, a senior official was quoted as saying on Wednesday, a disclosure that may annoy Western states pushing Tehran to scale back its nuclear program. Iran's development of new centrifuges to replace its current breakdown-prone model is watched closely by Western officials. It could allow the Islamic Republic to amass potential atomic bomb material much faster. Tehran says its nuclear program is peaceful and that ...

 
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Court Orders TEPCO to Compensate Family of Fukushima Woman Who Committed Suicide

Posted: Aug 26, 2014 15:39 CST
Asahi Shimbun

The Fukushima District Court ordered Tokyo Electric Power Co. to pay 49 million yen ($471,600) in compensation to the family of a woman who committed suicide by setting herself ablaze after being forced to evacuate her home. The ruling was the first to recognize the correlation between the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant and a suicide by an evacuee, according to the attorneys representing the plaintiffs.

 
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NRC Ends Suspension of Final Licensing Actions for Nuclear Power Plants

Posted: Aug 26, 2014 15:39 CST
PennEnergy

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Tuesday approved a final rule on the environmental effects of continued storage of spent nuclear fuel and will lift its suspension of final licensing actions on nuclear power plant licenses and renewals once the rule becomes effective.

 
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DOE, Korea Team on Prototype Sodium-Cooled Nuclear Reactor Development

Posted: Aug 26, 2014 15:38 CST
PennEnergy

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Argonne National Laboratory teamed with the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) to develop a prototype sodium-cooled nuclear fast reactor. The Prototype Generation IV Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor (PGSFR) is a 150-MW advanced sodium-cooled reactor that incorporates metal fuel, which enables inherent safety characteristics. Argonne developed the metal fuel technology base in the 1980s and 1990s. KAERI is developing the reactor while Korea Electric ...

 

Why Nuclear Deterrence Still Matters to NATO

Posted: Aug 26, 2014 15:37 CST
The Atlantic Council

NATO’s Strategic Concept (SC), adopted at the Lisbon Summit in November 2010, includes a number of propositions that define NATO’s nuclear policy. Most fundamentally, NATO’s most important strategy document declares that “deterrence, based on an appropriate mix of nuclear and conventional capabilities, remains a core element of” the Alliance’s “overall strategy.” Although the SC reaffirms NATO’s continued reliance on nuclear deterrence, it and the May 2012 Deterrence and Defense Posture Revie...

 
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Hunting Nuclear Weapons from the Sky

Posted: Aug 26, 2014 15:36 CST
Medium (originally published Aug 24, 2014)

The 1960s produced a lot of technological innovation in the science of mass destruction. But testing nukes also required learning how to detect the telltale signs of radiation. For survey teams flying in specially-equipped aircraft low above the Nevada desert, it was grueling and dangerous work. But what they learned not only taught us a lot about nuclear fallout, they helped establish environmental standards for both nuclear and non-nuclear power.

 

Uncommon Strategic Restraint

Posted: Aug 26, 2014 15:35 CST
Arms Control Work

Our nuclear future would take a significant turn for the worse if Beijing and New Delhi begin to mimic Cold War thinking about the utility of nuclear weapons. So far, they haven’t. New Delhi waited 24 years in between nuclear tests, and Beijing took about as long to begin sea trials of second-generation ballistic missile-carrying submarines. Both have issued “No First Use,” declarations, focused on economic metrics of national influence, and generally dealt with nuclear deterrence in ways tha...

 

China's Xi Asked Park to 'Tread Carefully' Over U.S. Missile-Defense System

Posted: Aug 26, 2014 15:35 CST
Yonhap

Chinese President Xi Jinping asked South Korean President Park Geun-hye to "tread carefully," over a U.S. move to deploy its advanced missile-defense system in South Korea during their July summit, two Seoul diplomatic sources said Tuesday. Xi had raised the issue during his summit with Park in early July at a time Beijing was trying to improve relations with South Korea amid bitter territorial disputes with its Asian neighbors, including Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines. China and Russia...

 
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United Nations Chief Ban Ki-moon Appeals India, 7 others to Ratify N-Test Ban Treaty

Posted: Aug 26, 2014 15:34 CST
DNA India

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has appealed to India, China and the US along with five other nations to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), saying the international community should complete the "unfinished business," of achieving a world free of atomic weapons. In his message for the International Day against Nuclear Tests, to be observed on August 29, Ban said that ending all nuclear tests will lead to a safer and more prosperous future.

 

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