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Did Israel Steal Bomb-Grade Uranium from the United States?

Posted: Apr 22, 2014 15:25 CST
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (originally published Apr 17, 2014)

Last month the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP), the nation’s highest classification authority, released a number of top-level government memoranda that shed additional light on the so-called NUMEC affair, "the story that won't go away—the possibility that in the 1960s, Israel stole bomb-grade uranium from a US nuclear fuel-processing plant.” The evidence available for our 2010 Bulletin article persuaded us that Israel did steal uranium from the Apollo, Pennsylvania, ...

 

Pakistan's Military Says it Has Test-Fired Nuclear-Capable Short-Range Missile

Posted: Apr 22, 2014 15:13 CST
AP

Pakistan's military says it has successfully test-fired a short-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead. A military statement says the Hatf III Ghaznavi missile with a range of 290 kilometers (180 miles) was launched on Tuesday from an undisclosed location. It says the test was conducted during a field training exercise and that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen. Rashad Mahmood and other officers were present.

 
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Iran Says It's Drafting Complete Account of Past Nuclear Activities

Posted: Apr 22, 2014 15:12 CST
Reuters (originally published Apr 21, 2014)

Iran said on Monday it was drafting a comprehensive account of its nuclear activities, but did not indicate whether this would be made available to help the final diplomatic push to resolve a decade-old dispute with the West over the program. The move could meet Western demands for greater transparency to address concerns that Iran may have been trying to develop a nuclear weapons capability, but Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for Iran's atomic energy agency, made no mention of this.

 
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Country Will Test Missile Shield Next Week: DRDO

Posted: Apr 22, 2014 15:10 CST
Times of India (originally published Apr 20, 2014)

In a boost to the defense sector, the country is all set to test its anti-ballistic missile defense system for long range (beyond 100 km) off Odisha coast for the first time next week. This will be followed by trial of cruise missile Nirbhay (whose maiden test had failed last year) and air-to-air missile Astra next month, Avinash Chander, scientific adviser to defense minister, said here on Saturday.

 

Iran-North Korea-Syria Ballistic Missile and Nuclear Cooperation

Posted: Apr 22, 2014 15:09 CST
Congressional Research Service (originally published Apr 16, 2014)

Congress has at times expressed concern regarding ballistic missile and nuclear programs in Iran, North Korea, and Syria. This report focuses primarily on unclassified and declassified U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) assessments over the past two decades. These assessments indicate that: There is no evidence that Iran and North Korea have engaged in nuclear-related trade or cooperation with each other, although ballistic missile technology cooperation between the two is significant and meani...

 
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Don’t Look Now, But the Iran Deal Is Working

Posted: Apr 22, 2014 15:08 CST
Defense One (originally published Apr 21, 2014)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood at a United Nation’s podium with a cartoon bomb warning that the world had to stop Iran before it completed “the second stage of nuclear enrichment necessary to make a bomb.” The prime minister can rest a bit easier now. We have stopped Iran from completing that second stage. There are other ways that Iran could get a bomb. There are plenty of risks ahead as world powers hammer out a deal to constrain its nuclear program. But this particular thr...

 

Taiwan Government Says to Push on with Planned Nuclear Plant

Posted: Apr 22, 2014 15:07 CST
Reuters

Taiwan's premier has rejected opposition demands to halt construction of a controversial atomic power plant, sparking threats of street protests from anti-nuclear campaigners. Premier Jiang Yi-huah, effectively Taiwan's No.2 politician after President Ma Ying-jeou, said in a briefing late on Monday that the administration would not halt construction of the plant or change rules to make a referendum on the issue more likely.

 

Nuclear Plants to Get the Nod

Posted: Apr 22, 2014 15:04 CST
China Daily (originally published Apr 21, 2014)

China is quickening its approvals for nuclear energy and will launch projects in coastal areas to ensure energy security and economic growth, according to the State Energy Commission. In a statement released on Sunday, the commission said it discussed strategic problems in the development of the energy resources industry as well as some major projects. The launch of new projects will resume at the proper time and will adopt the highest international safety standards, according to the commissi...

 
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Govt to Form Nuclear Insurance Pool to Address Liability Issue

Posted: Apr 21, 2014 16:29 CST
Economic Times

Moving to address the liability issue that has held up deals with various countries, the government of India has decided to form a Nuclear Insurance Pool which will have a number of stakeholders to meet the requirement of huge financial cover in case of a mishap. The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) is pursuing the matter with the Ministry of Finance for creation of the pool after no single insurance company, including the General Insurance Company, expressed its ability to provide financial...

 

State-Of-The-Art Nuclear Plant Simulator Center Opens in Western Region

Posted: Apr 21, 2014 16:27 CST
The National

A nuclear energy plant simulator has opened at Barakah in Abu Dhabi’s Western Region. The Simulator Training Centre is one of the most advanced in the world and the closest reproduction of a working nuclear power plant. It complements Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation’s (Enec) training program for scholarship students to attain Reactor Operator (RO) and Senior RO certifications. The 7,000-square-metre training center is home to two simulators identical to the plant’s main control room. Each...

 

N. Korean Nuclear Site Shows Increased Activities

Posted: Apr 21, 2014 16:20 CST
GlobalPost

North Korea has increased activities at its underground nuclear site, military sources said Monday, in what could be preparations for another atomic test ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia trip. The latest move comes as Obama is set to visit South Korea from Friday to Saturday as part of his Asia trip, which will also include stops in Japan, Malaysia and the Philippines.

 

China Seen Buying Westinghouse Reactors for $24 Billion Nuclear Energy Projects

Posted: Apr 21, 2014 15:54 CST
Reuters

China may sign as early as next year the first of several contracts for eight new nuclear reactors from Westinghouse Electric Co, as the government presses ahead with the world's biggest civilian nuclear power expansion since the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan. "We are currently in various stages of negotiations for eight new units," Timothy Collier, China managing director of the U.S.-based company told Reuters. Westinghouse is majority owned by Japan's Toshiba Corp and its reactors are th...

 

Japan Diet OKs Civil Nuclear Pacts with Turkey, UAE

Posted: Apr 21, 2014 15:52 CST
Kyodo News (originally published Apr 18, 2014)

The Diet on Friday approved civil nuclear agreements with Turkey and the United Arab Emirates that will help Japan export atomic power reactors to the rapidly developing economies, in line with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's growth strategy. The accords, both concluded last year, require the peaceful use of nuclear materials and devices provided by Japan. Their approval by the House of Councillors in a plenary session followed their endorsement by the House of Representatives earlier this month.

 

U.S., China Officials End Meet, No New 6-way Talks on N. Korea in View

Posted: Apr 21, 2014 15:51 CST
Kyodo News (originally published Apr 17, 2014)

U.S. and Chinese envoys on North Korea's nuclear programs wrapped up three days of talks Thursday with no prospect in view of resuming six-nation talks on the issue. Wu Dawei, Chinese special representative for Korean Peninsula affairs, told reporters that Beijing's wish to restart the multilateral talks on North Korean denuclearization could be discussed "in the next step."

 
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Iran: Next Expert-Level Nuclear Talks to Be Held in New York

Posted: Apr 21, 2014 15:51 CST
Reuters (originally published Apr 20, 2014)

The next round of expert-level nuclear talks between Iran and six world power were set to be held in New York in early May, Iranian media on Sunday reported Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi as saying. The senior Iranian negotiator in talks with the P5+1 powers said the meeting would take place from May 5-9 on the sidelines of a session on the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

 

The Power of Words: Why U.S. Nuclear Deterrence is losing Credibility

Posted: Apr 21, 2014 15:50 CST
CSIS (originally published Apr 18, 2014)

In his 1966 publication Arms and Influence, Thomas Shelling wrote, “Military strategy can no longer be thought of as the science of military victory. It is now equally, if not more, the art of coercion, of intimidation and deterrence.” Shelling’s doctrine of coercive diplomacy is a strategy to prevent (deter) an enemy from engaging in unwanted activities while avoiding war. He argued that deterrence is most powerful when held in reserve, leaving the aggressive action up to the enemy. Successf...

 

A Look Ahead

Posted: Apr 21, 2014 15:49 CST
NTI (originally published Apr 18, 2014)

What’s next on nonproliferation and international security, in Washington and around the globe.

 
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Iran Admits Nuclear Agency Reshuffle to Pave Way for 5+1 Talks

Posted: Apr 21, 2014 15:49 CST
Reuters

President Hassan Rouhani's government confirmed rumors on Monday it had reshuffled the leadership of Itan's atomic agency to sideline nuclear experts opposed to talks on its atomic program with the West. Among rumors circulating for weeks was the alleged expulsion of several nuclear scientists from Iran's Atomic Energy Organization in connection with the 5+1 talks. "Only a limited number of people were concerned and they were neither scientists nor were they fired," said Behruz Kamalvandi, a ...

 

Technology Development Efforts for the Uranium Processing Facility

Posted: Apr 21, 2014 15:48 CST
Government Accountability Office

NNSA conducts enriched uranium activities—including producing components for nuclear warheads and processing nuclear fuel for the U.S. Navy—at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee. NNSA has identified key shortcomings in the Y-12 plant’s current uranium operations, including rising costs due to the facility’s age. In 2004, NNSA decided to build a more modern facility—the UPF—which will use nine new technologies that may make enriched uranium activities safer and more efficient. In ...

 

Iran's Vice President Says Row over Arak Heavy Water Nuclear Reactor 'Virtually Resolved'

Posted: Apr 21, 2014 15:47 CST
AP (originally published Apr 19, 2014)

Iran will redesign its Arak heavy water reactor to greatly limit the amount of plutonium it can make, the country's vice president said Saturday, marking a major concession from the Islamic Republic in negotiations with world powers over its contested nuclear program. The comments by Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi come as the talks face an informal July 20 deadline to hammer out a final deal to limit Iran's ability to build nuclear arms in exchange for ending the crippling economic sanctions...

 

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