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Iran Nuclear Talks: 'Tricky Issues' Remain, Kerry Says

Posted: Mar 30, 2015 15:22 CST
CNN

Difficult issues remain on the table as the world's most powerful diplomats meet in Switzerland with Iranian nuclear negotiators, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told CNN on Monday. "We are working very hard to work those through. We are working late into the night and obviously into tomorrow. We are working with a view to get something done," Kerry said. "There is a little more light there today, but there are still some tricky issues. Everyone knows the meaning of tomorrow. "

 
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Pakistan’s New Missile Disrupts Nuclear Stability in South Asia

Posted: Mar 30, 2015 15:21 CST
The National Interest (originally published Mar 27, 2015)

Pakistan recently test-fired a surface-to-surface ballistic missile, Shaheen III. Capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, the missile is estimated to have a maximum range of 2750 km. While it has been claimed to provide a boost to Pakistan’s strategic depth and to deterrence stability in South Asia, a careful examination of how Shaheen III impacts the deterrence equation between India and Pakistan captures the latest Pakistani missile to be instead counter-productive.

 
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How to Know if the Iran Deal Is a Good Deal

Posted: Mar 30, 2015 15:20 CST
Huffington Post

World leaders are close to an historic agreement that would roll back and contain Iran's nuclear program. In order for the deal to succeed, however, it must deliver on three core issues. First, the deal must block all of Iran's pathways to a bomb. It must shrink and constrain all aspects of Iran's nuclear program so that the Iranians cannot sprint from a small civilian program to a large military program. Second, the deal must give us eyes on the program. It must create an inspection regime s...

 
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Iran Backs Away From Key Detail in Nuclear Deal

Posted: Mar 30, 2015 15:20 CST
New York Times

With a negotiating deadline just two days away, Iranian officials on Sunday backed away from a critical element of a proposed nuclear agreement, saying they are no longer willing to ship their atomic fuel out of the country. “The export of stocks of enriched uranium is not in our program, and we do not intend sending them abroad,” the official, Abbas Araqchi, told the Iranian media, according to Agence France-Presse. “There is no question of sending the stocks abroad.” Western officials confi...

 
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“Unholy Alliance” between Saudi Arabia and Israel. A US-Iran Nuclear Deal Would Trigger Regional Political Re-alignments

Posted: Mar 30, 2015 15:19 CST
Global Research (originally published Mar 29, 2015)

Any probable nuclear deal between the United States of America and Iran is likely to result in giving a new trajectory to their bi-lateral relations; however, it is not the US-Iran relations alone that would enter a new phase of political history. As a matter of fact, this deal is most likely to send political jolts across the entire Middle Eastern political landscape, with Saudi Arabia and Israel standing as the most sensitive areas to bear its shocks; and as such, are most likely to clutch ...

 

The Future of U.S.-ROK Nuclear Cooperation

Posted: Mar 30, 2015 15:13 CST
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Korean and American negotiators are on the verge of concluding a new bilateral nuclear cooperation agreement to replace the current outdated one, which has been in place since 1974. This new agreement undoubtedly will be criticized by some in Korea because it does not give Seoul unconditional approval to enrich uranium or reprocess spent fuel. But such narrowly-focused criticism is misplaced, for it overlooks the importance of the agreement to Korea’s energy security and the future of its nuc...

 

Negotiating Issue: Preventing Proliferation Assistance between Iran and other Proliferant States or Entities

Posted: Mar 30, 2015 15:13 CST
ISIS

Negotiators of the P5+1 and Iran continue feverishly seeking to strike a deal this week in Lausanne, Switzerland ahead of tomorrow’s deadline. One necessary criteria that P5+1 negotiators must not leave out of a comprehensive deal is a provision preventing proliferation assistance between Iran and other countries or entities such as North Korea. Failing to include this element could negate any lengthened breakout time achieved by the deal in the event that Iran sought assistance from a forei...

 

Switzerland Revises Nuclear Liability Law

Posted: Mar 30, 2015 15:12 CST
World Nuclear News

Switzerland's government has adopted a total revision of the federal ordinance on civil nuclear liability. The ordinance governs the enforcement of the country's new civil nuclear liability law, which was passed by parliament in 2008 but has yet to come into force.

 
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4 Years after Fukushima, Japan Considers Restarting Nuclear Facilities

Posted: Mar 30, 2015 15:12 CST
Los Angeles Times

On many Friday evenings, 38-year-old Tomo Iwabuchi and six friends can be found on a street corner in Fukushima City, banging drums, chanting and singing. "Zero nukes!" Iwabuchi yells into a microphone as a few pedestrians stride by.

 
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U.S. Support for Nuclear Energy at 51%

Posted: Mar 30, 2015 15:11 CST
Gallup

A slim majority of Americans (51%) now favor the use of nuclear energy for electricity in the U.S., while 43% oppose it. This level of support is similar to what Gallup found when it last measured these attitudes two years ago, but it is down from the peak of 62% five years ago. Current support is on the low end of what Gallup has found in the past 20 years, with the 46% reading in 2001 the only time that it sank lower.

 
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UAE Applies for First Nuclear Operating License

Posted: Mar 27, 2015 22:21 CST
WNN

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has submitted its application for an operating license for the first two units at the Barakah nuclear power plant. The 15,000 page operating license application (OLA) is the culmination of five years of work by teams from ENEC and reactor builder Korean Electric Power Company (Kepco), with further input from international experts. The submission includes a final safety analysis report, an independent safety verification and design review, details...

 

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Technical Assessment Team Report

Posted: Mar 27, 2015 15:43 CST
U.S. Department of Energy

The Technical Assessment Team (TAT) is an independent team of technical experts that evaluated the mechanisms and chemical reactions contributing to the failure of a waste drum at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). In its report, the TAT concluded that one drum, Drum 68660, was the source of radioactive contamination released during the February 14, 2014, radiological event at WIPP.

 
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Crimea Ready to Deploy Nuclear Weapons Systems on Russian President's Order

Posted: Mar 27, 2015 15:42 CST
Sputnik News

Crimea will welcome the deployment of nuclear weapons in the republic if Russian President Vladimir Putin deems it necessary, Crimean head Sergei Aksenov told Sputnik. “If there is such an order from the supreme commander, we would support it,” Aksenov said. On Wednesday, the chair of Russian State Duma Defense Committee, Vladimir Komoyedov, said that needed, Russia was ready to place nuclear weapons in Crimea.

 
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Iran May Run Centrifuges at Fortified Site

Posted: Mar 27, 2015 15:41 CST
AP (originally published Mar 26, 2015)

The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated Press. The trade-off would allow Iran to run several hundred of the devices at its Fordo facility, although the Iranians would not be allowed to do work that could lead to an atomic bomb and the site would be subject to international inspections, accor...

 

IAEA Urges India to Take Further Action for Nuclear Regulation

Posted: Mar 27, 2015 15:39 CST
Reuters

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) urged India on Friday to further tighten its nuclear safety regulations by assuring the legal independence of its atomic watchdog and allowing more outside inspections. After a 12-day visit to India, the agency recommended that India and its Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) take further action to assure safety in its nuclear industry. "The government should embed the AERB's regulatory independence in law, separated from other entities having...

 
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Closing the Gaps in Nuclear Security

Posted: Mar 27, 2015 15:39 CST
Washington Post (originally published Mar 26, 2015)

An initiative to address a persistent and potentially catastrophic threat to global security is a terrible thing to waste. But that is what’s about to happen to President Obama’s effort to prevent nuclear terrorism by securing the world’s most dangerous materials. The Nuclear Security Summit process is expected to conclude next year, when Obama will again host the gathering in the United States. Early indications are that the 2016 event will lead to the announcement of additional voluntary pr...

 
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Russia Ready to Lease a Second Nuclear Submarine to India

Posted: Mar 27, 2015 15:39 CST
Russia & India Report

Russia is ready to lease a second Project 971 Shchuka-B submarine to India for a period of ten years, a source in the shipbuilding industry told Interfax-AVN on Friday. The decision has been made on leasing a second nuclear submarine, remarked the source. That may be K-322 Kashalot or another submarine of the Chakra class, he said.

 

Saudi Ambassador to U.S. Won't Rule Out Building Nukes

Posted: Mar 27, 2015 15:38 CST
CNN (originally published Mar 26, 2015)

The Saudi Ambassador to the United States would not rule out the possibility of the Saudis creating their own nuclear bomb to counterbalance a nuclear-armed Iran in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Thursday. "This is not something we would discuss publicly," Ambassador Adel Al-Jubeir said on "The Situation Room." Later, when pressed, he said, "This is not something that I can comment on, nor would I comment on." "But the kingdom of Saudi Arabia will take whatever measures are necessary...

 

The Dangerous Disregard of Nuclear Experts for One Another

Posted: Mar 26, 2015 17:41 CST
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

This year’s meeting of the International Studies Association (ISA) in New Orleans began on the first day of Lent. Noting that there were no less than fifteen panels on nuclear weapons issues on the ISA program, one speaker declared that we are in the midst of an academic “renaissance in nuclear studies.” But much of the “renaissance” looks more like recycling than rejuvenation, and it has created an intellectual terrain that is oddly partitioned.

 

Energy Secretary Reiterates Priority of Reopening Nuke Dump

Posted: Mar 26, 2015 15:50 CST
AP (originally published Mar 25, 2015)

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Wednesday that his department is committed to reopening the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico. Moniz made assurances to members of a U.S. Senate subcommittee during a hearing Wednesday in Washington, D.C., that resuming operations at the troubled facility would be done with worker safety in mind. "We're doing all that we can," Moniz said. "At the very beginning, I insisted that we not set schedules before w...

 

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