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AEOI Chief: Iran to Build Two Nuclear Power Plants in Bushehr

Posted: Jul 27, 2015 16:05 CST
Tehran Times

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran has announced that the country is planning to build two nuclear power plants in the southern province of Bushehr. Ali Akbar Salehi made the announcement during a live TV broadcast on Sunday night. Salehi also said the agreement reached between the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency, which was signed on July 14 right after a nuclear pact was clinched between Iran and the 5+1 group, was not a confident...

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Crucial Emergency Test Begins at Sendai Nuclear Plant Ahead of Upcoming Restart

Posted: Jul 27, 2015 16:05 CST
The Asahi Shimbun

An emergency drill to contain a severe accident like the Fukushima nuclear disaster started at the Sendai nuclear power plant on July 27, a final hurdle the operator must clear before a planned restart next month. The Nuclear Regulation Authority, the nation's nuclear watchdog, inspected the site to see if plant workers followed Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s revamped procedures for responding to a crisis. The steps were approved by the NRA in May. Kyushu Electric plans to restart the reactor as...

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Congress’s Other Nuclear Test

Posted: Jul 27, 2015 16:04 CST
Wall Street Journal

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are nearing the end of conference negotiations over the 2016 defense-spending bill. Among the matters still at issue is one that should be easy: When the U.S. government makes decisions on the export of sensitive nuclear technologies to China, the Director of National Intelligence should be in the room. The U.S. and China first signed a nuclear-cooperation agreement in 1985, when China was a strategic partner against the Soviet Union. The deal’s basic purpose is to a...

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Ex-Diplomats Urge Ratification of Iran Deal

Posted: Jul 27, 2015 16:04 CST

A group of former diplomats sent a letter to Congress on Monday morning, urging members of both chambers not to reject the Obama administration’s controversial Iran deal. The letter, signed by former undersecretaries of state and former American ambassadors to Israel, states that the group has determined the deal, “will leave Iran no legitimate avenue to produce a nuclear weapon during the next 10 to 15 years.” The signees included five former U.S. ambassadors to Israel: James Cunningham, Wil...

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Russia Has No Plans to Deploy Tu-22M3 Nuclear Bombers in Crimea – Air Force

Posted: Jul 27, 2015 16:03 CST
Sputnik News

The Russian Air Force has no plans of deploying long-range Tu-22M3 bombers capable of delivering nuclear warheads to the Crimean Peninsula any time soon, Air Force Commander Col.-Gen. Viktor Bondarev said Monday. “The Crimean grouping has enough aviation and missile defense systems that are already deployed there. No one has given the Air Force any tasks so far [of deploying Tu-22M3s]. If we are tasked with this, then we as the military will complete the task according to schedule,” Bondarev ...


S. Korea, U.S., Japan to Discuss N. Korea Nuke

Posted: Jul 27, 2015 16:03 CST

South Korean and U.S. nuclear envoys on Monday discussed ways to bring North Korea back to the bargaining table in the run-up to a trilateral session also involving their Japanese counterpart. Kim Gunn, director general for North Korean nuclear affairs at South Korea's Foreign Ministry, met here with Sydney Seiler, the U.S. special envoy for the six-party talks.

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The Iran Deal and the Future of Nuclear Nonproliferation Efforts

Posted: Jul 27, 2015 16:03 CST
Defense One (originally published Jul 26, 2015)

Though the atomic bomb was first developed in 1945, it was not until 1957 that the U.S. intelligence community conducted its first forecast of how nuclear weapons might spread around the world. That first estimate concluded that some ten countries had the capability to build the bomb in the next decade. Six years later, President John F. Kennedy warned that the 1970s could see a world in which twenty-five countries possessed nuclear weapons. This counterfactual—what would the world look like ...

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Hoover Institution Releases Essay Series on Reinventing Nuclear Power

Posted: Jul 24, 2015 16:00 CST
Hoover Institution (Standford University) (originally published Jul 8, 2015)

The Hoover Institution released an essay series by the Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy that lays out a thought-provoking approach to reinventing nuclear power. The task force brought together our nation’s leading nuclear power experts to determine whether a case can be made for nuclear power playing a role in a modernizing grid. In the series, Stanford University’s William J. Madia proposes strategic changes that, if undertaken, could position SMR technology as nuclear energy’s ...

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The Environmentalist Case Against 100% Renewable Energy Plans

Posted: Jul 24, 2015 16:00 CST
The Atlantic (originally published Jul 20, 2015)

Renewable energy has had a busy year. California and New York have adopted ambitious plans calling for 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. A group of Stanford and Berkeley scientists has put forth an even bolder vision—encouraging all 50 states to run on wind, water, and solar by 2050, without any nuclear energy or biofuels in the picture. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced his intention to go fully renewable with the city government’s power, too.

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Iran Says No Separate Agreement Signed on Inspecting Parchin Military Base

Posted: Jul 24, 2015 15:58 CST
Trend News Agency

No separate agreement based on the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers has been made on inspecting Parchin military site, said Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. Any inspection will be conducted according to the agreement with the IAEA, Iran’s parliament news agency, ICANA, quoted Salehi as saying July 24.

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Russian Bombers Buzzing U.S. Unlikely to Carry Nukes

Posted: Jul 24, 2015 15:58 CST
TIME (originally published Jul 23, 2015)

The bad news for Americans old enough to remember Cold War shivers is that Soviet-era Tu-95 Bear bombers recently showed up off the U.S. coast. The good news, for Americans, is that the 1950s-era Russian air force turboprop airplanes keep crashing. And that combination, a former Air Force general says, makes it unlikely that the Russian bombers are carrying any nuclear weapons close to U.S. shores (the bomber would carry such weapons inside its fuselage, making it impossible for outsiders to ...

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North Korea Missile Launch: South Asks China Counterparts to Help 'Rein In' North

Posted: Jul 24, 2015 15:58 CST
International Business Times (originally published Jul 23, 2015)

South Korean officials have sought the assistance of their Chinese counterparts to help reign in North Korea’s plans for a long-range missile launch. South Korea was hoping that China’s long-standing relationship with the North as a political and economic ally would be more influential in urging Pyongyang from refraining from the missile launch and possibly push them to consider negotiating denuclearization.

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China Spends Big on Nuclear Fusion as French Plan Falls Behind

Posted: Jul 23, 2015 17:47 CST
New Scientists

The world’s largest nuclear fusion machine, currently being built in France, is unlikely to produce more energy than it consumes until the early 2030s, warned the UK’s head of fusion research this week. That is five years later than planned – by which time China could be ahead of everyone.

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French Energy Transition Bill Adopted

Posted: Jul 23, 2015 15:57 CST
World Nuclear News

France's National Assembly yesterday gave final approval of the country's energy transition bill. Under the legislation, France's reliance on nuclear energy will be reduced to 50% of power generation by 2025. Debate about France's Energy Transition for Green Growth bill began in the lower house of parliament - the National Assembly - last October, with deputies agreeing on the overall objectives of the bill. These include: a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and a 75% reductio...

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U.S. Defense Secretary Says Saudis Back Iran Nuclear Deal with Some Reservations

Posted: Jul 23, 2015 15:56 CST
Wall Street Journal

For months, Saudi Arabia and Israel have been undeclared partners in criticizing the Obama administration’s nuclear talks with Iran. Now that a deal has been reached, however, the U.S. is portraying the Saudis as more accepting of the agreement. At a meeting in Jeddah on Wednesday with visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Saudi King Salman and the kingdom’s defense chief expressed “their support for the Iranian nuclear deal,” albeit with a couple reservations about how the deal would b...


Bill Richardson: 5 Steps for Engaging With North Korea

Posted: Jul 23, 2015 15:55 CST
TIME (originally published Jul 22, 2015)

Reports that North Korea has ruled out denuclearization talks following the signing of the Iran nuclear agreement should come as no surprise. Nor should these reports discourage the U.S. and other world powers from engaging Pyongyang. The initial objective of this engagement should be to halt testing of nuclear devices, stop the launching of ballistic missiles, and prevent proliferation.

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Creepin': Here's How Iran Will Really Build the Bomb

Posted: Jul 23, 2015 15:55 CST
National Interest

In assessing whether the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed by the P5+1 world powers and Iran last week is an adequate safeguard against the latter’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon, Obama administration officials and arms control wonks typically discuss two heavily stylized breakout scenarios. In an overt breakout, Iran brushes aside nuclear inspectors and begins openly racing to enrich weapons grade uranium (WGU) using its two declared enrichment plants at Natanz and Fordow. In a...


UK Opts to End Renewable Subsidies, Bullish on Nuclear

Posted: Jul 22, 2015 16:41 CST

The UK’s energy secretary Amber Rudd has declared an overhaul of renewable energy subsidies, while at the same time defending the government’s decision to champion nuclear power. Speaking on the BBC, she said, "We can't have a situation where industry has a blank cheque and that cheque is paid for by people's bills."


Other Nations Pursue Nuclear Energy More Aggressively than U.S.

Posted: Jul 22, 2015 16:39 CST

The United States continues to have more power generation from nuclear power than any other nation in the world, although it is expected to lose that position to China within the next 25 years, speakers noted during the Nuclear Infrastructure Council (NIC) Summit July 21 in Washington, D.C. With other countries, especially China, aggressively pursuing nuclear energy for carbon-free power generation, the United States could lose its place among the top tier of nuclear power leaders, according ...


South Korean Energy Plan Sees Two More Reactors

Posted: Jul 22, 2015 16:14 CST
World Nuclear News

Two further nuclear power reactors are to be constructed and plans for four coal-fired plants have been dropped in the latest 15-year basic energy plan released by the South Korean government today. The plan foresees South Korea's total electricity demand increasing by some 2.2% annually over the next 15 years to reach 657 TWh by 2029. Peak demand is expected to reach 112 GWe in 2029, compared with 80 GWe last year. The plan aims to cut the country's annual electricity consumption by 14.3% an...



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