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Pakistan More Than Capable of Securing Its Nuclear Stockpiles: Pentagon

Posted: Nov 26, 2014 16:50 CST
The Express Tribune

The US on Tuesday reiterated its belief that Pakistan has the capability to secure its expanding nuclear stockpiles. During a Department of Defense briefing at the Pentagon on Tuesday, Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby was asked about Pakistan’s expanding nuclear arsenal and the fear that some of it may fall into the wrong hands.

 
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Can Iranian Nuke Talks Affect N.K. Issue?

Posted: Nov 26, 2014 15:14 CST
The Korea Herald

North Korea may be closely watching the ongoing nuclear negotiations between Iran and the West as it explores the most beneficial way to gain concessions from the U.S. and other parties, analysts said Wednesday. Some observers argue that the talks involving the Islamic republic could help forge the mood for the resumption of the long-stalled talks over Pyongyang’s nuclear program. But others say the Iranian talks may not be helpful to resolve the North Korean issue.

 
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Belfer Center Scholars Weigh the Extension of Negotiations with Iran Past November 24th

Posted: Nov 26, 2014 15:13 CST
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (originally published Nov 24, 2014)

Eight members of the Belfer Center's Iran Working Group—Graham Allison, Stephen Bosworth, Charles Freilich, Nader Habibi, Martin Malin, Payam Mohseni, Gary Samore, and William Tobey—comment on the extension of nuclear negotiations with Iran beyond November 24th and consider potential determinants of the talks' success in the coming months.

 
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Israel Views Extension of Iran Talks As Lesser Of Two Evils

Posted: Nov 26, 2014 15:11 CST
Al Monitor

Officially, Israel kept a relatively low profile in light of the decision Nov. 24 by the P5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members and Germany) and Tehran to extend their negotiations to reach a permanent agreement over Iran’s nuclear program. Nevertheless, Israel did not hide that it preferred this extension over the signing of the terms of agreement being discussed by the parties. “We always said that we would prefer no agreement at all over a bad agreement,” said Prime Minister ...

 

Too Dangerous to Fail: Why The Failure To Secure A Nuclear Deal With Iran Could Have Devastating Consequences For Global Proliferation.

Posted: Nov 26, 2014 15:10 CST
Foreign Policy (originally published Nov 25, 2014)

An agreement would have been preferable, of course. But it's not all bad news out of Vienna right now. The decision to extend until July the deadline for negotiations with Iran over the country's nuclear program is, essentially, a step in the right direction. And making these talks a success has crucial implications far beyond Iran. Iran's nuclear program remains frozen during the negotiations, so Tehran cannot use the time to move closer to a bomb. If the talks had ended in complete failure,...

 

TEPCO Turns To Cement to Stop Radioactive Water Flow

Posted: Nov 26, 2014 15:09 CST
Nuclear Street

The Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) moved forward this week with Plan B for containing and removing radioactive water that is believed to be polluting ground water on the sea side of the stricken plant, as it escapes the facility through underground trenches, The Japan Times reported. TEPCO estimates the cable trenches are holding 11,000 tons of radioactive water.

 
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The Case for Tactical Nuclear Weapons

Posted: Nov 25, 2014 15:41 CST
International Relations and Security Network

Are tactical nuclear weapons outdated relics of the Cold War? Should they be phased out of the US' and NATO’s arsenals? On the contrary, says John Klein. As he sees it, the deterrence value of these weapons remains as powerful as ever.

 

Iran Nuclear Talks Extended, Again

Posted: Nov 25, 2014 15:36 CST
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Iran and world powers agreed to extend negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear program after a comprehensive deal proved elusive as the latest deadline approached. In a new Q&A, George Perkovich details where the talks stand and analyzes what lies ahead. Perkovich says Washington and its allies should strategically continue patient diplomacy unless Iran resumes provocative nuclear activities.

 
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A Nuclear Deal for U.S. and Iran Slips Away Again

Posted: Nov 25, 2014 15:36 CST
The New York Times (originally published Nov 24, 2014)

By the time Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart checked into a luxury hotel near the famous beaches of Oman earlier this month, a long-sought deal that has eluded the last two American presidents to roll back Tehran’s nuclear program seemed to be slipping out of reach. With a deadline approaching, Mr. Kerry thought the opportunity could be lost unless the Iranians finally offered a breakthrough compromise. But Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, came with...

 

Nuclear Arsenal: Best US Investment

Posted: Nov 25, 2014 15:35 CST
Defense News (originally published Nov 24, 2014)

With Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently announcing he will provide an additional $10 billion to improve the nation’s nuclear forces, advocates of nuclear abolition are undoubtedly upset. Over the past five years these detractors have published a series of reports decrying the cost of the nuclear force, largely without realizing that because the nuclear arsenal has been starved of funding for two decades that recent problems, at least in part, developed. With proponents of the nuclear arse...

 
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Analysis of Status of Iran’s Compliance with the Joint Plan of Action

Posted: Nov 25, 2014 15:02 CST
ISIS (originally published Nov 24, 2014)

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has just released its monthly report on the status of Iran’s commitment under the interim agreement of the Joint Plan of Action (JPA). The agreement took effect on January 20, 2014 and this report covers the period up to November 24, 2014. The report is a summary of Iran fulfilling its commitments under the JPA, most of which have been discussed in earlier reports. Several developments bear highlighting.

 

Update on Iran’s Stock of Less than Five Percent Low Enriched Uranium

Posted: Nov 25, 2014 15:01 CST
ISIS (originally published Nov 24, 2014)

Between January 20, 2014 and November 24, 2014 Iran produced 2,566 kilograms of 3.5 percent low enriched uranium (LEU) at its three facilities, and a further 115.6 kilograms were added from down-blending of the near 20 percent LEU. Under the Joint Plan of Action, Iran has committed to convert all newly produced 3.5 percent LEU hexafluoride into oxide form. As of November 24, 2014, it has fed a total of 2,720 kilograms of this type of LEU into the conversion process at the Enriched UO2 Powde...

 

Status of Iran’s Nuclear Program in Relation to The Joint Plan of Action

Posted: Nov 25, 2014 14:59 CST
IAEA

IAEA’S latest report on the status of Iran’s compliance with the Joint Plan of Action.

 
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LLNL Researchers Create "Uncrackable" Nuclear Weapons Code

Posted: Nov 25, 2014 14:57 CST
Engineering.com

Mark Hart, a scientist and engineer in Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s has been awarded the 2015 Surety Transformation Initiative (STI) Award from the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Enhanced Surety Program. The STI award aims to stimulate and encourage the development of potentially transformational nuclear weapon surety technologies and explore innovative, preferably monumental shift solutions, to unmet surety needs.

 
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New Russian Nuclear Submarine Ready to Launch, Armed With 12 Nuclear ‘Bulava’ Missiles

Posted: Nov 24, 2014 15:44 CST
The Inquisitr (originally published Nov 21, 2014)

A new Russian nuclear submarine is set to launch on December 19, setting sail with as many as 16 of Russia’s next-generation nuclear missiles on board as President Vladimir Putin continues to rebuild his country’s nuclear defenses. The new sub, named K-551 Vladimir Monomakh, already conducted a successful test firing of an ICBM which, when the vessel officially launches, would carry a nuclear warhead.

 
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No Iran Nuclear Deal Seen by Monday Deadline

Posted: Nov 24, 2014 15:43 CST
Wall Street Journal (originally published Nov 23, 2014)

The U.S. and other world powers said it will be virtually impossible to reach a comprehensive deal to curb Iran’s nuclear activities by the Monday night deadline, and they would favor extending the talks. U.S. officials are arguing that preserving improved relations with Tehran is preferable to a breakdown in more than a year of direct negotiations and a potential escalation of tensions in an already-fractious Middle East. However, an extension looks headed for stiff resistance from both Demo...

 
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Nuclear War, the Black Swan We Can Never See

Posted: Nov 24, 2014 15:42 CST
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (originally published Nov 21, 2014)

Several centuries ago in England, the black swan was a popular symbol for the impossible because no such creature had ever been seen. Then came the surprise: Black swans were discovered in Australia. Since then, the bird has symbolized that which seems impossible but can in fact occur. The black swan reminds us that believing something cannot happen is often just a failure of imagination. Parts of society today hold the same view of nuclear war that society in England did of black swans centu...

 

Solo Press Availability in Vienna, Austria

Posted: Nov 24, 2014 15:41 CST
US State Department

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry: "Now we have worked long and hard not just over these past days but for months in order to achieve a comprehensive agreement that addresses international concerns about Iran’s nuclear program. This takes time. The stakes are high and the issues are complicated and technical, and each decision affects other decisions. There’s always an interrelationship, and each decision also deeply affects international security and national interests. It also takes time...

 

Iran Takes Action to Comply with Interim Nuclear Deal: U.N. Agency

Posted: Nov 24, 2014 15:40 CST
Reuters

Iran has taken the necessary steps to continue to comply with an interim nuclear agreement, according to a U.N agency report seen by Reuters on Monday, as Tehran and six world powers gave themselves an extra seven months to clinch a final deal. The International Atomic Energy Agency issued its monthly update on the preliminary accord's implementation on the same day that Iran and the major powers agreed to extend that deal until June, after failing to meet Monday's deadline for a comprehensiv...

 
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Will Politics Kill a Deal on Iran?

Posted: Nov 24, 2014 15:40 CST
Defense One (originally published Nov 22, 2014)

If it were left to the negotiators, we would have a deal already. Those close to the talks say that they have crafted technical solutions that can prevent Iran from using its program to build a bomb and verify any attempt to cheat. The main problems are political. Hardliners in Iran and the United States remain opposed to any deal.

 

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