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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

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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The Many Iranian Obstacles in the Way of a Strong Nuclear Deal

Posted: Nov 24, 2014 15:39 CST
The Atlantic (originally published Nov 23, 2014)

The other day I fell into conversation with a very smart congressman named Ted Deutch, a Democrat from Florida, about his minimum requirements for an Iran nuclear deal. Deutch, who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is—like a large number of Democrats—fairly-to-very dubious about the possibility of a true breakthrough with Iran, and fairly-to-very worried about the consequences of a bad deal. (It seems likely, at this moment at least, that the Iran talks will be extended for several...


Mark Fitzpatrick: Iran Nuclear Diplomacy Survives to Fight another Day

Posted: Nov 24, 2014 15:38 CST

Lamentable though it is that a deal could not be reached on the Iran nuclear crisis, a seven-month extension of the interim deal and a continuation of talks is the second-best outcome. It is not easy to see what will happen between now and July that will make agreement any more possible. But the art of diplomacy is often about buying time because circumstances might change for the better. In the meantime, as long as sanctions remain in place and Iran’s enrichment program remains capped, all p...


Examining 10 Warning Signs of Iran Nuclear Weapons Development

Posted: Nov 24, 2014 15:38 CST
ISJ (originally published Nov 20, 2014)

It was in August 14, 2002 that the Iranian opposition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), revealed the existence of two clandestine nuclear sites: the uranium enrichment site in Natanz and the heavy water reactor in Arak. Since that time, the international community has been pursuing an answer to a persistent question about the nature and objective of the Iranian nuclear program: Was it designed as a military program with the objective of obtaining the bomb? With the passage o...

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China Needs 1,000 Nuclear Reactors to Fulfill Its Climate Pledge

Posted: Nov 24, 2014 15:37 CST
Bloomberg (originally published Nov 21, 2014)

China, which does nothing in small doses, will need about 1,000 nuclear reactors, 500,000 wind turbines or 50,000 solar farms as it takes up the fight against climate change. Chinese President Xi Jinping agreement last week with President Barack Obama requires a radical environmental and economic makeover. Xi’s commitment to cap carbon emissions by 2030 and turn to renewable sources for 20 percent of the country’s energy comes with a price tag of $2 trillion. The pledge would require China to...


Sites Agreed for Four More South Korean Reactors

Posted: Nov 21, 2014 15:42 CST

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

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

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

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 ...



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