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Sites Agreed for Four More South Korean Reactors

Posted: Nov 21, 2014 15:42 CST
WNN

Two South Korean municipalities have each agreed to host two new nuclear power reactors. Ulchin County has approved construction of units 3 and 4 at the existing San Hanul plant, while Yeongdeok County has approved a new two-unit plant.

 

Vietnam Upgrades Reactor Choice

Posted: Nov 21, 2014 15:16 CST
World Nuclear News

Vietnamese officials have chosen Rosatom's AES-2006 design for the country's first nuclear power plant at Ninh Thuan, increasing the planned capacity of the four unit plant by about 800 MWe. A second plant should follow based on a partnership with Japan. The choice of Russian technology for Ninh Thuan 1 at Phuoc Dinh has now been made, and Atomproekt based in Saint Petersburg will supply its version of the AES-2006 plant for at least the first two units. This design produces 1200 MWe for tran...

 

Nuclear Delays Pose Threat to China's Climate Goals

Posted: Nov 21, 2014 15:16 CST
Reuters

China's efforts to curtail coal consumption and bring spiraling greenhouse gas emissions under control by 2030 could be stymied by the slow pace of its nuclear reactor program, with safety concerns still holding back new approvals. Government-backed think tanks have said China should aim for at least 200 GW of nuclear capacity by 2030, up from 18 GW now, but while state nuclear firms are capable of building more than 10 GW a year, they have been held back by regulators - especially after the ...

 
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North Korea Conducts Ejection Test of Sub-Launched Missile

Posted: Nov 21, 2014 15:14 CST
Washington Free Beacon

North Korea recently conducted a test of an ejection launcher that U.S. intelligence agencies assess is part of Pyongyang’s recently discovered submarine-launched ballistic missile program. The test simulated the initial stage of boosting a missile out of a submarine launch tube and is a sign that the rogue state is moving ahead with plans for underwater missile strike capabilities for a future nuclear-tipped missile, said defense officials.

 
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Strategic Stability in the Second Nuclear Age

Posted: Nov 21, 2014 15:14 CST
Council on Foreign Affairs

Since the end of the Cold War, a new nuclear order has emerged, shaped by rising nuclear states and military technologies that threaten stability, writes George Mason University’s Gregory Koblentz in a new Council Special Report. Though many states are downsizing their stockpiles, Asia is witnessing a buildup; Pakistan has the fastest-growing nuclear program in the world. By 2020, it could have a stockpile of fissile material that, if weaponized, could produce as many as two hundred nuclear d...

 
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Does Russia Think Their New Nuclear Weapons Could Win World War III?

Posted: Nov 21, 2014 15:13 CST
Forbes (originally published Nov 20, 2014)

It certainly seems so. A new round of Russian nuclear weapons development, their new aggressive posture and their new spurning of joint nuclear programs with the United States, all point to a disconcerting trend in Russian thinking amid a growing confidence in the nation’s military capabilities. Americans have short memories. Russians don’t. It’s only been 25 years since the Wall came down, but in Russia’s mind the Cold War didn’t end. If Russia’s invasion of Ukraine isn’t enough of a heads-u...

 

Why the United States Should Suspend Nuclear Security Cooperation inside Russia

Posted: Nov 21, 2014 15:12 CST
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (originally published Nov 20, 2014)

Last week, the editor for the New York Times “Room for Debate” blog asked me to comment on the question, “Should Washington and Moscow continue to work together to reduce nuclear stockpiles and cooperate to secure, or eliminate, weapons and nuclear materials despite the dispute around Russian actions in Ukraine?” I wrote, “We should honor our New START commitments,” but, beyond that, “until Russia removes its troops from eastern Ukraine and ceases its military support to pro-Russian separati...

 

China Plans for Nuclear Growth

Posted: Nov 20, 2014 15:52 CST
World Nuclear News

China's nuclear generating capacity is set to triple over the next six years, according to an energy development plan published by the State Council. The State Council published the Energy Development Strategy Action Plan, 2014-2020 on 19 November. The plan aims to cut China's reliance on coal and promote the use of clean energy.

 
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IAEA Issues 2014 Edition of Climate Change and Nuclear Power

Posted: Nov 20, 2014 15:51 CST
IAEA

The IAEA’s latest edition of the Climate Change and Nuclear Power report, issued today, examines the role of nuclear power in mitigating global climate change and how it contributes to other developmental and environmental challenges.

 

Provisions to Limit Future Iranian Illicit Procurements for Its Nuclear Programs

Posted: Nov 20, 2014 15:51 CST
ISIS

As six world powers, the so-called EU3+3, or “The Six”--the United States, Britain, France, Germany, China, and Russia--negotiate a comprehensive agreement with Iran, it will be vital for them to maintain sanctions and controls on proliferation-sensitive goods, while at the appropriate time creating a verifiable procurement channel for Iran’s legitimate nuclear programs. Proliferation-sensitive goods are those needed in Iran’s nuclear programs and nuclear weapon delivery systems, the latter ...

 

A Note on Iran’s IR-5 Centrifuge Feeding

Posted: Nov 20, 2014 15:50 CST
ISIS

On November 7, 2014, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released its quarterly safeguards report on Iran’s compliance with its safeguards obligations, including technical information related to its compliance with the Iran/P5+1 Joint Plan of Action (JPA). Upon conducting its analysis of the report, ISIS noticed that Iran had recently begun feeding uranium hexafluoride gas (UF₆) into the IR-5 centrifuge installed at the Pilot Fuel Enrichment Plant (PFEP) at Natanz. This centrifuge h...

 

North Korea, Angry Over Human Rights Pressures, Threatens another Nuclear Test

Posted: Nov 20, 2014 15:50 CST
Washington Post

With its trademark belligerence, North Korea threatened Thursday to conduct another nuclear test in response to the “grave political provocation,” of international efforts to charge the country’s leader with crimes against humanity. The threat came as a U.S. think tank said North Korea appeared to be restarting its Yongbyon nuclear plant, possibly to process weapons-grade plutonium.

 
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The Top 5 Reasons to Sign a Nuclear Deal with Iran

Posted: Nov 20, 2014 15:47 CST
The National Interest

As the November 24 deadline to reach a nuclear deal quickly approaches, reports are indicating that it could be extended should the upcoming talks in Vienna fail to yield a comprehensive agreement. This should not suggest that the talks are breaking down, but rather quite the opposite. The negotiating parties are aware of the importance of reaching a historic nuclear deal that would resolve a twelve-year dispute, not the least due to the benefits such an agreement would carry. Below are but a...

 
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Russia: North Korea Ready to Resume Nuclear Talks

Posted: Nov 20, 2014 15:47 CST
AP

North Korea says it's ready to resume international talks on its nuclear program, Russia's foreign minister said Thursday as Moscow sought to raise its profile in the international standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke after meeting with Choe Ryong Hae, a special envoy for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who earlier this week gave Russian President Vladimir Putin a letter from Kim.

 
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US Report: China's Nukes Getting Bigger and Better

Posted: Nov 20, 2014 15:46 CST
Defense News (originally published Nov 19, 2014)

A new congressional-funded report paints a dark picture of China’s nuclear weapons and missile modernization efforts. The report, issued Nov. 19, by the US China Economic and Security Review Commission, states China will pose a threat to all US military forces, bases and assets in the Western Pacific within the next 10 years.

 
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Hinkley Point C Nuclear Plant’s Future in Doubt as Crisis Hits Shareholder

Posted: Nov 19, 2014 15:21 CST
The Guardian

The future of the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in Somerset is under a cloud amid a financial crisis at Areva, a shareholder in the project and the designer of the proposed reactors. Shares in the French engineering business plunged by almost a quarter after Areva warned it must suspend future profit predictions because of problems centered on a similar power station project in Finland.

 

Sweden, Norway and Ukraine Regulators to Cooperate

Posted: Nov 19, 2014 15:21 CST
World Nuclear News

The regulatory authorities of Sweden, Norway and Ukraine have agreed to cooperate in making improvements to the regulatory guidelines of the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine as well as establishing more robust safety systems at nuclear power plants in the country.

 
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Verifying Nuclear Tests Helped to End the Cold War: In 1988, Soviet and American Inspectors Swapped Places

Posted: Nov 19, 2014 15:20 CST
Medium (originally published Nov 18, 2014)

It may seem hard to believe today, with tensions rising between Russia and the West. But late in the Cold War, both the U.S. and the USSR directly measured nuclear experiments at each other’s test sites. The unlikely but successful collaboration helped to end the five-decade conflict.

 

Preventing a Nuclear ISIS

Posted: Nov 19, 2014 15:19 CST
Huffington Post (originally published Nov 18, 2014)

The risks of ISIS getting a nuclear bomb are small. But they are not zero. The group represents the greatest nuclear terrorist threat we have faced since Osama bin Laden talked with Pakistani nuclear scientists about how, exactly, he could build a bomb. Bin Laden's discussions took place just before his attacks of September 11, as documented by the 9/11 Commission. There have been disturbing signs that ISIS, too, is exploring this option. This may have prompted the question to President Barac...

 
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Iran Nuclear Deal May Need Deadline Extension, Says UK Foreign Secretary

Posted: Nov 19, 2014 15:18 CST
The Guardian

A nuclear deal with Iran is unlikely to be completed on schedule by next Monday but there may be enough progress to warrant extending the deadline, Britain’s foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, has said. Talks between Iran and six world powers on the future of the country’s nuclear program are in their last week in Vienna, with significant gaps remaining between the negotiating positions on how much capacity for enriching uranium Tehran should have, and the speed at which international sanctio...

 

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