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Iran Nuclear Talks Extended to Wednesday, Negotiators Say

Posted: Apr 1, 2015 16:24 CST
New York Times

The United States and its negotiating partners on Tuesday extended their deadline for reaching a preliminary accord with Iran on its nuclear program until Wednesday. But that one-day extension came with a White House warning that the Obama administration was prepared to step back from its diplomatic efforts if it concluded that the initial accord could not be reached. “I actually would say that if we’re not able to reach a political agreement in the timeline that we’ve described that we would...

 

Russia Completes Design of Underground Radwaste Research Laboratory

Posted: Apr 1, 2015 15:37 CST
World Nuclear News

Russia's national operator for radioactive waste management (NO RAO) has completed the design documents for an underground research laboratory to study the feasibility of final disposal of solid high-level radioactive waste (HLW) and solid medium-level long-lived wastes in the Nizhnekansky granitoid rock massif in Zheleznogorsk. The waste would be stored at a depth of 450-525 m.

 
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Asia's Coming Nuclear Nightmare

Posted: Apr 1, 2015 15:36 CST
National Interest (originally published Mar 31, 2015)

While the world focuses on the dangers that a nuclear-armed Iran could present in the Middle East, a potentially more dangerous and unstable nuclear proliferation is occurring in the Indian Ocean. In the coming years India, Pakistan, and perhaps China will likely deploy a significant number of nuclear weapons at sea in the Indian Ocean. This could further destabilize already unstable nuclear relationships, creating a real risk of a sea-based exchange of nuclear weapons.

 

Why is China Modernizing Its Nuclear Arsenal?

Posted: Apr 1, 2015 15:33 CST
All Things Nuclear

As we approach the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) the 178 nations that have honored their obligation not to develop nuclear weapons are wondering when the five nuclear weapons states who are party to the treaty will honor theirs. The NPT entered into force in 1970. They’ve been waiting a long time. China’s nuclear modernization program receives more attention than the other four even though its several hundred nuclear weap...

 

Despite Progress, Iran Nuclear Talks Hit Impasse on Details

Posted: Apr 1, 2015 15:32 CST
Reuters

Major Powers and Iran were closer to a preliminary accord on Tehran's nuclear program as marathon talks ran into Wednesday, but were stuck over key details such as lifting U.N. sanctions and Iran's future atomic research.

 

Updates to ISIS Illicit Trade Case Studies

Posted: Apr 1, 2015 15:32 CST
ISIS

This report includes several sentencing related updates to ISIS illicit nuclear, missile, and military trade case studies.

 
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Options for the U.S. if Iran Breaks a Nuclear Deal

Posted: Apr 1, 2015 15:31 CST
Reuters (originally published Mar 31, 2015)

The success of any nuclear framework agreement negotiated by Iran and the P5+1 (United States, Britain, Russia, Germany, France and China) this week ultimately will be determined not by the signing of a final accord in June but by Tehran’s fidelity to nonproliferation in the years and decades to come. Given Iran’s history of nuclear deception, the gnawing question remains: What if the mullahs attempt to break out and build a bomb? Then what?

 
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NuScale Upper Module Mock-Up Completed

Posted: Mar 31, 2015 15:55 CST
World Nuclear News

NuScale Power has completed fabrication and assembly of a full-scale upper module mock-up of its NuScale small modular reactor (SMR). The major components of the mock-up are: the upper portion of the containment vessel; the reactor vessel head; major piping (including steam and feedwater); the control rod drive mechanisms; major values (including isolation valves); and, the module access platform.

 
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France's Larger Reactors OK for 40 Years, Says Regulator

Posted: Mar 31, 2015 15:53 CST
World Nuclear News

French nuclear regulators have found no generic elements that would compromise the safety of the country's 1300 MWe nuclear reactors over a 40-year operating life. Pierre-Franck Chevet, president of the Autorité De Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN), has notified nuclear operator EDF that to date, no generic issues have been identified that would affect EDF's ability to control reactor safety up to the reactors' fourth ten-yearly safety review. The regulator will, at a later date, produce reactor-by-reac...

 
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IAEA Impact: Towards Safe and Secure Use of Nuclear Energy in Turkey

Posted: Mar 31, 2015 15:52 CST
IAEA

Nuclear power will play a key role in Turkey's future energy strategy as the country moves toward achieving supply security while also meeting the challenge of limiting emissions that contribute to climate change. Every year demand for electricity in Turkey's bustling economy is growing by more than five per cent, yet the country depends on imported resources to meet 73 per cent of its current energy needs. Turkey's new nuclear power program aims to provide at least 10 per cent of the country...

 
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ICBMs off the Books under Treaty

Posted: Mar 31, 2015 15:52 CST
GreatFalls Tribune (originally published Mar 30, 2015)

The Air Force has eliminated 104 deactivated intercontinental ballistic missiles under budget and ahead of schedule. The eliminated silos include 50 at Malmstrom Air Force Base that were previously operated by the 564th Missile Squadron, which was deactivated in 2008. The deactivated silos have to be eliminated by February 2018. At Malmstrom, the final 10 were eliminated in August and entered a 60-day observation period to allow Russia to verify their elimination.

 

India's Nuclear Deal with Australia Running Into Turbulence over Fuel Safeguards

Posted: Mar 31, 2015 15:51 CST
Firstpost World

India and the world's nuclear fuel suppliers have not seen eye-to-eye recently on the issue of nuclear tracking. The suppliers, particularly Australia, Canada, and the United States, have been rebuffed by India on their demand to monitor the passage of the nuclear fuel they sell to India. India's hesitation to share the data is being read as an attempt to wriggle out of its non-proliferation commitments — without such monitoring, experts say, it is possible for uranium meant for civilian purp...

 
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Iran Nuke Talks Drag Past Deadline

Posted: Mar 31, 2015 15:50 CST
AP

Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers will pass the negotiators' self-imposed Tuesday night deadline to produce the outline of an agreement and will be extended by at least a day, the United States said. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said enough progress had been made to warrant an extension, although there still were "several difficult issues," to bridge. Secretary of State John Kerry who had planned to leave the talks on Tuesday will remain until Wednesday, she said.

 
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The Limits of U.S. Missile Defense

Posted: Mar 31, 2015 15:50 CST
National Interest (originally published Mar 30, 2015)

On March 23, 1983, Ronald Reagan announced the Strategic Defense Initiative, popularly known as “Star Wars.” After thirty-two years and tens of billions of dollars, defending the U.S. homeland against attack by strategic ballistic missiles still poses a daunting challenge. Missile defense ambitions have been regularly scaled-back. The United States should make prudent investments in missile defense as part of its overall force mix. But Washington should bear in mind the limits of technology a...

 
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Watchdog Group: We Could Detect an Iranian Nuclear Test

Posted: Mar 31, 2015 15:43 CST
CNN (originally published Mar 30, 2015)

As world powers rush to reach a framework deal curbing Iran's nuclear program ahead of a deadline Tuesday, a top official at a nuclear watchdog agency warned Tehran that it would not succeed in testing a nuclear weapon in secret, should it attempt to do so. "If any country that would try today to hide a nuclear test explosion, we have, I would say, more than a 90% chance in detecting it," Lassina Zerbo, who runs the international agency that monitors global nuclear testing, told CNN in an exc...

 

Arab Nations Alarmed by Prospect of US Nuclear Deal with Iran

Posted: Mar 31, 2015 15:43 CST
The Guardian (originally published Mar 30, 2015)

Arab governments are watching the endgame of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program with barely-concealed alarm, fearing that the US is bent on a rapprochement with Tehran, not so much at any price, but certainly at the expense of its long-standing Gulf allies. Saudi Arabia, Iran’s main regional rival, has made clear its unhappiness with the emerging deal. Still, unlike Israel, which flatly opposes any agreement, Saudi Arabia has adopted a more subtle approach.

 

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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