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The Case for Tactical Nuclear Weapons

Posted: Nov 25, 2014 15:41 CST
International Relations and Security Network

Are tactical nuclear weapons outdated relics of the Cold War? Should they be phased out of the US' and NATO’s arsenals? On the contrary, says John Klein. As he sees it, the deterrence value of these weapons remains as powerful as ever.


Iran Nuclear Talks Extended, Again

Posted: Nov 25, 2014 15:36 CST
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Iran and world powers agreed to extend negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear program after a comprehensive deal proved elusive as the latest deadline approached. In a new Q&A, George Perkovich details where the talks stand and analyzes what lies ahead. Perkovich says Washington and its allies should strategically continue patient diplomacy unless Iran resumes provocative nuclear activities.

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A Nuclear Deal for U.S. and Iran Slips Away Again

Posted: Nov 25, 2014 15:36 CST
The New York Times (originally published Nov 24, 2014)

By the time Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart checked into a luxury hotel near the famous beaches of Oman earlier this month, a long-sought deal that has eluded the last two American presidents to roll back Tehran’s nuclear program seemed to be slipping out of reach. With a deadline approaching, Mr. Kerry thought the opportunity could be lost unless the Iranians finally offered a breakthrough compromise. But Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, came with...


Nuclear Arsenal: Best US Investment

Posted: Nov 25, 2014 15:35 CST
Defense News (originally published Nov 24, 2014)

With Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently announcing he will provide an additional $10 billion to improve the nation’s nuclear forces, advocates of nuclear abolition are undoubtedly upset. Over the past five years these detractors have published a series of reports decrying the cost of the nuclear force, largely without realizing that because the nuclear arsenal has been starved of funding for two decades that recent problems, at least in part, developed. With proponents of the nuclear arse...

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Analysis of Status of Iran’s Compliance with the Joint Plan of Action

Posted: Nov 25, 2014 15:02 CST
ISIS (originally published Nov 24, 2014)

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has just released its monthly report on the status of Iran’s commitment under the interim agreement of the Joint Plan of Action (JPA). The agreement took effect on January 20, 2014 and this report covers the period up to November 24, 2014. The report is a summary of Iran fulfilling its commitments under the JPA, most of which have been discussed in earlier reports. Several developments bear highlighting.


Update on Iran’s Stock of Less than Five Percent Low Enriched Uranium

Posted: Nov 25, 2014 15:01 CST
ISIS (originally published Nov 24, 2014)

Between January 20, 2014 and November 24, 2014 Iran produced 2,566 kilograms of 3.5 percent low enriched uranium (LEU) at its three facilities, and a further 115.6 kilograms were added from down-blending of the near 20 percent LEU. Under the Joint Plan of Action, Iran has committed to convert all newly produced 3.5 percent LEU hexafluoride into oxide form. As of November 24, 2014, it has fed a total of 2,720 kilograms of this type of LEU into the conversion process at the Enriched UO2 Powde...


Status of Iran’s Nuclear Program in Relation to The Joint Plan of Action

Posted: Nov 25, 2014 14:59 CST

IAEA’S latest report on the status of Iran’s compliance with the Joint Plan of Action.

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LLNL Researchers Create "Uncrackable" Nuclear Weapons Code

Posted: Nov 25, 2014 14:57 CST

Mark Hart, a scientist and engineer in Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s has been awarded the 2015 Surety Transformation Initiative (STI) Award from the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Enhanced Surety Program. The STI award aims to stimulate and encourage the development of potentially transformational nuclear weapon surety technologies and explore innovative, preferably monumental shift solutions, to unmet surety needs.

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New Russian Nuclear Submarine Ready to Launch, Armed With 12 Nuclear ‘Bulava’ Missiles

Posted: Nov 24, 2014 15:44 CST
The Inquisitr (originally published Nov 21, 2014)

A new Russian nuclear submarine is set to launch on December 19, setting sail with as many as 16 of Russia’s next-generation nuclear missiles on board as President Vladimir Putin continues to rebuild his country’s nuclear defenses. The new sub, named K-551 Vladimir Monomakh, already conducted a successful test firing of an ICBM which, when the vessel officially launches, would carry a nuclear warhead.

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No Iran Nuclear Deal Seen by Monday Deadline

Posted: Nov 24, 2014 15:43 CST
Wall Street Journal (originally published Nov 23, 2014)

The U.S. and other world powers said it will be virtually impossible to reach a comprehensive deal to curb Iran’s nuclear activities by the Monday night deadline, and they would favor extending the talks. U.S. officials are arguing that preserving improved relations with Tehran is preferable to a breakdown in more than a year of direct negotiations and a potential escalation of tensions in an already-fractious Middle East. However, an extension looks headed for stiff resistance from both Demo...

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Nuclear War, the Black Swan We Can Never See

Posted: Nov 24, 2014 15:42 CST
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (originally published Nov 21, 2014)

Several centuries ago in England, the black swan was a popular symbol for the impossible because no such creature had ever been seen. Then came the surprise: Black swans were discovered in Australia. Since then, the bird has symbolized that which seems impossible but can in fact occur. The black swan reminds us that believing something cannot happen is often just a failure of imagination. Parts of society today hold the same view of nuclear war that society in England did of black swans centu...


Solo Press Availability in Vienna, Austria

Posted: Nov 24, 2014 15:41 CST
US State Department

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry: "Now we have worked long and hard not just over these past days but for months in order to achieve a comprehensive agreement that addresses international concerns about Iran’s nuclear program. This takes time. The stakes are high and the issues are complicated and technical, and each decision affects other decisions. There’s always an interrelationship, and each decision also deeply affects international security and national interests. It also takes time...


Iran Takes Action to Comply with Interim Nuclear Deal: U.N. Agency

Posted: Nov 24, 2014 15:40 CST

Iran has taken the necessary steps to continue to comply with an interim nuclear agreement, according to a U.N agency report seen by Reuters on Monday, as Tehran and six world powers gave themselves an extra seven months to clinch a final deal. The International Atomic Energy Agency issued its monthly update on the preliminary accord's implementation on the same day that Iran and the major powers agreed to extend that deal until June, after failing to meet Monday's deadline for a comprehensiv...

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Will Politics Kill a Deal on Iran?

Posted: Nov 24, 2014 15:40 CST
Defense One (originally published Nov 22, 2014)

If it were left to the negotiators, we would have a deal already. Those close to the talks say that they have crafted technical solutions that can prevent Iran from using its program to build a bomb and verify any attempt to cheat. The main problems are political. Hardliners in Iran and the United States remain opposed to any deal.

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The Many Iranian Obstacles in the Way of a Strong Nuclear Deal

Posted: Nov 24, 2014 15:39 CST
The Atlantic (originally published Nov 23, 2014)

The other day I fell into conversation with a very smart congressman named Ted Deutch, a Democrat from Florida, about his minimum requirements for an Iran nuclear deal. Deutch, who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is—like a large number of Democrats—fairly-to-very dubious about the possibility of a true breakthrough with Iran, and fairly-to-very worried about the consequences of a bad deal. (It seems likely, at this moment at least, that the Iran talks will be extended for several...


Mark Fitzpatrick: Iran Nuclear Diplomacy Survives to Fight another Day

Posted: Nov 24, 2014 15:38 CST

Lamentable though it is that a deal could not be reached on the Iran nuclear crisis, a seven-month extension of the interim deal and a continuation of talks is the second-best outcome. It is not easy to see what will happen between now and July that will make agreement any more possible. But the art of diplomacy is often about buying time because circumstances might change for the better. In the meantime, as long as sanctions remain in place and Iran’s enrichment program remains capped, all p...


Examining 10 Warning Signs of Iran Nuclear Weapons Development

Posted: Nov 24, 2014 15:38 CST
ISJ (originally published Nov 20, 2014)

It was in August 14, 2002 that the Iranian opposition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), revealed the existence of two clandestine nuclear sites: the uranium enrichment site in Natanz and the heavy water reactor in Arak. Since that time, the international community has been pursuing an answer to a persistent question about the nature and objective of the Iranian nuclear program: Was it designed as a military program with the objective of obtaining the bomb? With the passage o...

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China Needs 1,000 Nuclear Reactors to Fulfill Its Climate Pledge

Posted: Nov 24, 2014 15:37 CST
Bloomberg (originally published Nov 21, 2014)

China, which does nothing in small doses, will need about 1,000 nuclear reactors, 500,000 wind turbines or 50,000 solar farms as it takes up the fight against climate change. Chinese President Xi Jinping agreement last week with President Barack Obama requires a radical environmental and economic makeover. Xi’s commitment to cap carbon emissions by 2030 and turn to renewable sources for 20 percent of the country’s energy comes with a price tag of $2 trillion. The pledge would require China to...


Sites Agreed for Four More South Korean Reactors

Posted: Nov 21, 2014 15:42 CST

Two South Korean municipalities have each agreed to host two new nuclear power reactors. Ulchin County has approved construction of units 3 and 4 at the existing San Hanul plant, while Yeongdeok County has approved a new two-unit plant.


Vietnam Upgrades Reactor Choice

Posted: Nov 21, 2014 15:16 CST
World Nuclear News

Vietnamese officials have chosen Rosatom's AES-2006 design for the country's first nuclear power plant at Ninh Thuan, increasing the planned capacity of the four unit plant by about 800 MWe. A second plant should follow based on a partnership with Japan. The choice of Russian technology for Ninh Thuan 1 at Phuoc Dinh has now been made, and Atomproekt based in Saint Petersburg will supply its version of the AES-2006 plant for at least the first two units. This design produces 1200 MWe for tran...



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