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New Minister Says ‘Safe’ Nuclear Reactors Will be Re-Started in Japan

Posted: Oct 21, 2014 16:57 CST
PennEnergy

Japan’s new Trade minister, Yoichi Miyazawa, says he will continue with the policy of re-starting nuclear reactors that are deemed safe by the atomic regulator. Miyazawa, the recently appointed Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry also said he would move towards restarting Kyushu Electric Power Co's Sendai nuclear power plant in southwestern Japan, according to Reuters.

 

South Africa Plans Next Steps with Vendors

Posted: Oct 21, 2014 15:47 CST
World Nuclear News

South Africa is moving towards signing framework agreements with China and Japan and is inviting would-be reactor vendor countries to participate in workshops to showcase their offerings as it moves through the pre-procurement phase of its nuclear new-build plans. In a statement, the South African Department of Energy said that it expects energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson to sign an inter-governmental agreement with China during the first week of November and also to sign one with Japan ...

 
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The UCS Nuclear Weapons Complex Map

Posted: Oct 21, 2014 15:46 CST
Union of Concerned Scientists

The UCS Nuclear Weapons Complex Map is a free, publicly available, interactive tool that allows users to explore the U.S. nuclear weapons complex in Google Earth and provides information about its facilities. All the information comes from public sources.

 
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The Unaffordable Arsenal: Reducing the Costs of the Bloated U.S. Nuclear Stockpile

Posted: Oct 21, 2014 15:45 CST
Arms Control Association

The United States currently plans to spend some $355 billion to maintain and rebuild its Cold War-era nuclear arsenal over the next decade, even as the overall U.S. defense budget is declining and U.S. military planners and the president have determined that the United States can deter nuclear threats against the United States and its allies with far fewer nuclear weapons. This report argues that the increasingly high cost of nuclear weapons, combined with shrinking budgets and stockpiles, sh...

 
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Report Says U.S. May OK More Centrifuges in Iran Nuclear Talks

Posted: Oct 21, 2014 15:44 CST
Los Angeles Times

The Obama administration has sweetened its offer to Iran in ongoing nuclear negotiations, saying it might accept Tehran operating 4,000 centrifuges, up from the previous 1,300, according to a semiofficial Iranian news agency. The Mehr news agency also said Monday that Iran and the six world powers seeking to negotiate a nuclear deal remained divided over how much uranium-enrichment capacity the Middle East nation should be allowed to maintain, and how to lift punitive sanctions from its econo...

 

Update on the Site of the Alleged Explosion at the Parchin Military Complex

Posted: Oct 21, 2014 15:44 CST
ISIS

On October 8, 2014, ISIS published an Imagery Brief showing the possible location of an alleged explosion or fire that took place at the Parchin military complex on Sunday, October 5, 2014. Since then, ISIS has purchased and analyzed new commercial satellite imagery in order to better assess the correctness of the location of the incident and the extent of the damage. Although previous imagery only showed a section of the complex, new Airbus imagery dated October 9, 2014, shows the entire Pa...

 
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Exclusive: Iran Offers "Compromises" in Nuclear Talks, West Unmoved

Posted: Oct 21, 2014 15:43 CST
Reuters

Iran is pushing what it portrays as a new compromise proposal in nuclear talks, but Western negotiators say it offers no viable concessions, underscoring how far apart the two sides are as they enter crunch time before a Nov. 24 deadline. In the negotiations with six major powers, the Iranians say they are no longer demanding a total end to economic sanctions in return for curbing their nuclear program and would accept initially lifting just the latest, most damaging, sanctions.

 
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Power Plants Seek to Extend Life of Nuclear Reactors for Decades

Posted: Oct 20, 2014 16:22 CST
New York Times

The prospects for building new nuclear reactors may be sharply limited, but the owners of seven old ones, in Pennsylvania, Virginia and South Carolina, are preparing to ask for permission to run them until they are 80 years old. Nuclear proponents say that extending plants’ lifetimes is more economical — and a better way to hold down carbon dioxide emissions — than building new plants, although it will require extensive monitoring of steel, concrete, cable insulation and other components. But...

 

Cyber Security Units to Protect Russia’s Nuclear Weapons Stockpiles

Posted: Oct 20, 2014 15:56 CST
RT (originally published Oct 17, 2014)

The IT systems of all Russian nuclear weapons stockpiles will be protected by a new team of anti-hackers, the Defense Ministry said after a year-long “hunting season” for programmers. Special units of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces (SMF), responsible for the country’s nuclear weapons, will reduce the vulnerability, should it be found, in their brand-new information systems, according to the Defense Ministry’s spokesman. Titled “Sopka”, which in Russian stands for the “System of Detectio...

 

Obama Sees an Iran Deal That Could Avoid Congress

Posted: Oct 20, 2014 15:55 CST
The New York Times (originally published Oct 19, 2014)

No one knows if the Obama administration will manage in the next five weeks to strike what many in the White House consider the most important foreign policy deal of his presidency: an accord with Iran that would forestall its ability to make a nuclear weapon. But the White House has made one significant decision: If agreement is reached, President Obama will do everything in his power to avoid letting Congress vote on it. “We wouldn’t seek congressional legislation in any comprehensive agree...

 
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Sweden's Submarine Hunt Sends Cold War Chill across Baltic

Posted: Oct 20, 2014 15:54 CST
AP

Sweden’s biggest submarine hunt since the dying days of the Soviet Union has put countries around the Baltic Sea on edge. In a scene reminiscent of the Cold War, Swedish naval ships, helicopters and ground troops combed the Stockholm archipelago for a fourth day Monday for signs of a foreign submarine or smaller underwater craft that officials suspect entered Swedish waters illegally. Military spokesman Jesper Tengroth said more than 200 personnel were involved in the operation, but stressed ...

 

Time Is Right for U.S.-Iran Arms Deal

Posted: Oct 20, 2014 15:53 CST
Journal Sentinel (originally published Oct 18, 2014)

We will know before Thanksgiving if negotiators can strike a deal to confine Iran's nuclear program to purely civilian uses, or if they have let slip a historic opportunity. Our two nations are closer than ever before to an agreement, but both sides must take some big, final steps. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani may have to take the biggest of all. We are closer to resolving this issue than ever before. On Oct. 13, just ahead of meetings between Zarif, Secretary of State John Kerry and othe...

 
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Nuclear Weapons Deal with US Renewed in Secret, UK confirms

Posted: Oct 20, 2014 15:52 CST
The Guardian

The British government has just published amendments updating a treaty that goes to the heart of the UK's special relationship with the US. They relate to the Mutual Defense Agreement (MDA) first signed in 1958, which, according to the government, enables the UK and the US "nuclear warhead communities to collaborate on all aspects of nuclear deterrence including nuclear warhead design and manufacture".

 
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IAEA: Iran Taking Further Steps to Comply with Nuclear Deal

Posted: Oct 20, 2014 15:51 CST
Reuters

Iran has taken further action to comply with terms of an extended interim nuclear agreement with six world powers, a monthly U.N. atomic agency update on the accord's implementation showed on Monday. The report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), seen by Reuters, made clear that Iran is meeting its commitments under the temporary deal, as it and the major powers are seeking to negotiate a final settlement of their nuclear dispute.

 
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Top Volcano Expert Contradicts Japanese NRA on Safety Assessment

Posted: Oct 20, 2014 15:50 CST
Nuclear Street

The deadliest volcanic eruption in Japan since 1902, the Sept. 27 phreatic event at Mt. Ontake, has raised concerns that the country's two Sendai reactors may not be safe for restarts. On Friday, Toshitsugu Fujii, professor emeritus of volcanology at the University of Tokyo and the head of a government advisory panel, said the realistic ability for predicting the next Ontake eruption was ”extremely limited.”

 
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Calls to Use Yucca Mountain as a Nuclear Waste Site, Now Deemed Safe

Posted: Oct 17, 2014 16:48 CST
New York Times

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday released a long-delayed report on the suitability of Yucca Mountain as a disposal spot for nuclear waste, finding that the design met the commission’s requirements, laying the groundwork to restart the project if control of the Senate changes hands in the elections next month. At the Bipartisan Policy Center, a nonprofit Washington group, Timothy Frazier, a former Energy Department official who heads the nuclear waste program there, said “it makes...

 
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U.S. Nonproliferation Policy Is an Invisible Success Story

Posted: Oct 17, 2014 16:45 CST
Washington Post

Fifty years ago today, the People’s Republic of China conducted its first nuclear test. This caused great alarm among American policymakers, who feared that an emboldened China would use its nuclear arsenal to promote revolution abroad and draw regional states into its political orbit. U.S. officials were also acutely concerned that the Chinese test would unleash a kind of nuclear “domino effect,” with countries like India, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, and Taiwan developing their own nuclear...

 

Ukraine's Regulatory Chief Ousted

Posted: Oct 17, 2014 15:36 CST
World Nuclear News

Ukraine dismissed 39 high-ranking officials yesterday as a new law on "power purification," came into effect. According to local newspaper Kyiv Post, the list includes the first deputy head of Ukraine's State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate (SNRI), Mikhail Gashev. Gashev was critical of Westinghouse-made nuclear fuel assemblies used in Ukrainian reactors, claiming that they were defective. Westinghouse maintained that errors had been made during fuel loading.

 
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When the Ayatollah Said No to Nukes

Posted: Oct 17, 2014 15:35 CST
Foreign Policy (originally published Oct 16, 2014)

The nuclear negotiations between six world powers and Iran, which are now nearing their November deadline, remain deadlocked over U.S. demands that Iran dismantle the bulk of its capacity to enrich uranium. The demand is based on the suspicion that Iran has worked secretly to develop nuclear weapons in the past and can't be trusted not to do so again. Iran argues that it has rejected nuclear weapons as incompatible with Islam and cites a fatwa of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei as proof. American...

 
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India Successfully Test-Fires Nuclear Capable Cruise Missile Nirbhay

Posted: Oct 17, 2014 15:34 CST
NDTV

India today successfully test-fired its potent nuclear-capable cruise missile 'Nirbhay', a state-of-the-art missile developed by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). The test was conducted from the Integrated Missile Test Range in Chandipur, Odisha, days after Cyclone Hudhud hit the state's coastal region.

 

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