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United States Ratifies Key Nuclear Security Amendment

Posted: Jul 31, 2015 14:23 CST

The United States today formally ratified the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM), a move welcomed by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano as “an important step to bolster nuclear security around the world.” Two-thirds of the 151 States Parties to the Convention must adhere to the Amendment for it to enter into force. Adherence by 14 more States Parties is still needed for the Amendment to take effect.

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Iran's Foreign Minister Calls for World's Nuclear Weapons States to Disarm

Posted: Jul 31, 2015 14:23 CST
The Guardian

Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has called on Israel and the world’s eight other states with nuclear weapons to begin disarming, in response to his country’s acceptance of strict curbs on its nuclear program in an agreement reached earlier this month. “The cold war-era asymmetry between states that possess nuclear weapons and those that don’t is no longer tolerable,” the minister writes, claiming Iran had “walked the walk,” on non-proliferation.

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Paulina Izewicz: Examining the Restrictions on Iran's Missiles

Posted: Jul 31, 2015 14:21 CST

Iran’s ballistic-missile program caused last-minute controversy in the recent negotiations leading to the historic nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers on 14 July. In the final stages of talks, Iran, supported by Russia and China, demanded all UN missile-related sanctions be lifted, while the West held out for a continued ban. In the end, a compromise was struck imposing an eight-year conditional ban.

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Here's How to Rid Korea of Nuclear Weapons

Posted: Jul 31, 2015 14:21 CST
The National Interest

With the Iran nuclear agreement now on the table for debate, many foreign-policy specialists and senior diplomats are naturally turning back to the North Korean nuclear issue to ask what lessons might be applied to that seemingly intractable situation. Indeed, it seems likely that lessons have also been instructive in the opposite direction—namely, in providing a negative example of how a half-hearted and often-incoherent strategy, not to mention a failure to coordinate effectively among the ...

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3 Former TEPCO Executives Face Criminal Trial over Fukushima Crisis

Posted: Jul 31, 2015 14:21 CST
The Asahi Shimbun

Three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. will stand trial over the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster after an independent judicial panel of citizens on July 31 again decided that mandatory indictments are warranted. It will be the first time for TEPCO or government officials to stand formally accused of professional negligence resulting in death and injury in the nuclear crisis that was triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

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Russia Races to Outflank China in Middle East Nuclear Technology Market

Posted: Jul 31, 2015 14:20 CST
The Diplomat

As China enters the market for nuclear power plant construction in post-sanctions Iran, Moscow is racing across the Middle East to develop new export markets for Russian nuclear technology. On July 22, the head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) announced that Beijing and Tehran have agreed to China’s construction of two nuclear power plants on Iran’s southern coast. However the loss to Beijing of some of its market share in nuclear technology exports to Iran has not caught Moscow f...

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Mental Health Suffers Most in Major Nuclear Accidents, Studies Find

Posted: Jul 31, 2015 14:19 CST

People caught up in a nuclear disaster are more likely to suffer severe psychological disorders such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder rather than any harm from radiation, scientists said on Friday. The studies counter the misconception that nuclear disasters have caused widespread death and physical illness, with the researchers finding that the mental health effects were far more profound. “In most nuclear accidents very few people are exposed to a life-threatening dose of ra...

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How to Make Iran Keep its Word

Posted: Jul 30, 2015 16:06 CST
Politico (originally published Jul 29, 2015)

Proponents of the agreement over Iran’s nuclear program leave the impression it has no vulnerabilities and the alternative is war; opponents argue it has no virtues and there is an easy alternative—simply go back to the negotiating table and get a better deal by forcing our allies to choose between doing business with us or Iran. At this point, neither side persuades me. The alternative to the agreement is not war but a mess with our allies. If the Iranians say they will not renegotiate the d...

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Why the Naysayers Are Wrong About the Iran Deal

Posted: Jul 30, 2015 16:05 CST
The New York Times

Mike Huckabee says President Obama is using his nuclear deal to “take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.” Mitt Romney describes it as a “generational calamity.” And while polls diverge, one recently taken by CNN suggests the public wants Congress to reject the agreement by a 52 percent to 44 percent majority.


Challenges to Global Peace and the Hiroshima Legacy

Posted: Jul 30, 2015 16:03 CST
The Nation

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is now woefully inadequate as a tool to curb the spread of weapons of mass destruction in the 21st century. Two weeks ago, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran's nuclear program was agreed upon in Vienna. The agreement seeks to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons, and commits Iran to destroying 98 per cent of its stockpile of enriched uranium. This is a hopeful development that should be welcomed by all peace-loving peoples.


EDF Agrees to Majority Stake in Areva's Reactor Business

Posted: Jul 30, 2015 16:03 CST
World Nuclear News

EDF has agreed to take a stake of at least 51% in Areva's reactor business, according to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by the two companies yesterday that sets out the principal terms and conditions of the plan. The MOU provides for EDF to take a majority stake (at least 51%) in Areva NP, the company responsible for equipment and fuel manufacturing, as well as services for reactors. Areva will hold a stake of no more than 25%, allowing the potential participation of other minorit...


Holtec to Start Regulatory Process for New Mexico Used Fuel Store Soon

Posted: Jul 30, 2015 16:02 CST
World Nuclear News

Holtec International has unveiled the schedule for its proposed consolidated interim storage facility (CISF) for used nuclear fuel, with start-up slated for 2020. Holtec sees the facility, to be built in south-eastern New Mexico, as the only solution being put forward to deal with the USA's 70,000 tonnes of used nuclear fuel that is currently located in 35 states and at about 70 sites.

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NNSA Recovers Radiological Material from Mexico

Posted: Jul 29, 2015 22:48 CST

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), in partnership with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), the U.S. Air Force (USAF), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the United Mexican States, has successfully completed the repatriation of three irradiators containing U.S.-origin radioactive sources from Mexico. For 30 years, these irradiators played a critical role in the eradication of a devastating livestock parasite, the screwworm. Th...

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Why North Korea Doesn’t Want Iran-Style Nuclear Talks

Posted: Jul 29, 2015 16:06 CST
Wall Street Journal (originally published Jul 28, 2015)

Ask a North Korean diplomat why Pyongyang has no interest in Iran-style nuclear talks, and he might point to another country in the region: Libya. There, eight years after Moammar Gadhafi agreed to give up his weapons of mass destruction in 2003, the Libyan dictator met a grisly end on the streets of the city of his birth, Sirte.

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Are America's Long-Range Ballistic Missiles Doomed?

Posted: Jul 29, 2015 16:05 CST
National Interest (originally published Jul 28, 2015)

For all their speed and destructive power, the first intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) of the late 1950s and early 1960s were more terror weapons than precision munitions. The limited accuracy of the first ICBMs meant that neither U.S. nor Soviet missile forces could kill the other's missile forces or command centers.


Carter: Successful Iran Nuclear Deal Better than Strike

Posted: Jul 29, 2015 16:05 CST

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that the U.S. armed forces stand ready to confront Iran, but told lawmakers that a successful implementation of the nuclear agreement with Tehran is preferable to a military strike. Carter, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and three members of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet testified at a committee hearing as part of the White House’s. “That’s why we are under instructions from the president to preserve, and indeed we ar...

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A Critical Unknown is emerging in the Iran Deal

Posted: Jul 29, 2015 16:04 CST
Business Insider (originally published Jul 28, 2015)

One of the big unanswered questions regarding the historic nuclear deal between a US-led group of countries and Iran had to do with the status of a side agreement reached between the International Atomic Energy Agency and Tehran. On July 14, hours before the nuclear agreement was officially announced, Iran and the IAEA signed a "road map," agreement on the disclosure of Iran's prior nuclear-weaponization activities. But it's unclear exactly what happens if Iran doesn't comply with the investi...


West African States Prepare MOU on Nuclear Cooperation

Posted: Jul 29, 2015 16:04 CST
World Nuclear News

The newly created West African Integrated Nuclear Power Group (WAINPG) prepared a draft memorandum of understanding and three-year action plan at its first meeting, held last week in Niamey, Niger. The heads of delegations from Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal will take the MOU document to their respective governments for signature, which will commit them to proceeding with the initial planning for a regional nuclear power program.

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Prefab Nuclear Plants Prove Just as Expensive

Posted: Jul 28, 2015 16:59 CST
Wall Street Journal

Building nuclear reactors out of factory-produced modules was supposed to make their construction swifter and cheaper, leading to a new boom in nuclear energy. But two U.S. sites where nuclear reactors are under construction have been hit with costly delays that have shaken faith in the new construction method and created problems concerning who will bear the added expense.

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Spanish Site Suitable for Waste Store

Posted: Jul 28, 2015 16:15 CST
World Nuclear News

Spain's nuclear regulator has concluded that Villar de Cañas is a suitable site for a national high-level waste storage facility. However, it has requested additional technical studies and reports. The Nuclear Safety Council’s (Consejo de Seguridad Nuclear, CSN) report concludes that the site "is justified and needs are adequately covered," as stipulated under the Sixth General Radioactive Waste Plan, approved in June 2006. That plan sets the national policy and strategy for the management of...



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