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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

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

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

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

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

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

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...



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