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Dispute over UN Sanctions Holds Up Iran Nuclear Talks

Posted: Jul 6, 2015 16:44 CST
RTE News

A dispute over UN sanctions on Iran's ballistic missile program and a broader arms embargo were among issues holding up a nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers today, the day before their latest self-imposed deadline. "The Iranians want the ballistic missile sanctions lifted. They say there is no reason to connect it with the nuclear issue, a view that is difficult to accept," one Western official told Reuters news agency. "There's no appetite for that on our part."

 
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Iran Nuclear Deal Close, But Not Assured

Posted: Jul 6, 2015 16:42 CST
U.S. News & World Report

Diplomats in Vienna have one more day to negotiate a deal on Iran's nuclear program before another deadline expires Tuesday, with both sides saying they have not yet reached consensus on critical remaining issues. "We are not yet where we need to be on several of the most difficult issues," said Kerry, who stayed in Vienna over the weekend even as other ministers traveled home. "If hard choices get made in the next couple of days and made quickly, we could get an agreement this week. But if t...

 
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Will Putin Pay for SA's $100bn Nuclear Plan?

Posted: Jul 6, 2015 16:39 CST
Mail & Guardian

Russia is seen as the frontrunner to win the right to build South African nuclear power plants that may be worth as much as $100-billion. With a six-month deadline to award contracts, who’s going to pay for the country’s biggest project yet remains a mystery. Price-tag estimates for as many as eight reactors generating 9 600 megawatts, which the government wants to begin operating from 2023 and complete by 2029, range from $37-billion to $100-billion. Bids are due to start this quarter, with ...

 
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Nuclear Chief Says Austrian Legal Action ‘Damaging to Efforts to Address Climate Change’

Posted: Jul 6, 2015 16:37 CST
Penn

The Austrian government has finally filed its legal challenge against the deal that facilitates subsidies for a nuclear power plant in the UK. After a protracted period of delay, the European Court of Justice has received the official objection against the decision by the European Commission to allow EU-granted state subsidies for a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point C in southwest England.

 

Deployment of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Won't Strengthen Korea-U.S. ties: Nonproliferation Expert

Posted: Jul 6, 2015 16:04 CST
Yonhap (originally published Jul 5, 2015)

Redeploying U.S. tactical nuclear weapons to South Korea "is not the way to strengthen" the security alliance between the two countries, a leading American nonproliferation expert said Saturday. Henry Sokolski, executive director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, emphatically made the point in a statement to Yonhap News Agency, stressing that earlier media reports misquoted him as calling for such a deployment.

 
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The Only Safe Way to Make a Nuclear Deal with Iran

Posted: Jul 6, 2015 16:03 CST
Reuters

In the concluding week of nuclear talks among the United States, other members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany and Iran, negotiators are struggling with key details on one of the most contentious matters: How sanctions would be re-imposed, or quickly snapped back into place, if Iran cheated. A successful agreement is by far the best way to reduce Iran’s nuclear threat. Critics of the emerging deal contend that re-imposing sanctions is unlikely, and thus Iran will have litt...

 
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Awaiting Iran Deal, Nuclear Sleuths Gather Sophisticated Tools

Posted: Jul 6, 2015 16:00 CST
The New York Times

On the outskirts of this graceful city, the Iran Task Force of the International Atomic Energy Agency is preparing to move quickly if American and Iranian negotiators here manage to cut a deal on Iran’s nuclear program in the coming days. The 50 or so members of the agency’s most elite inspection unit are readying an array of new surveillance gear that is far more sophisticated than anything used before in Iran. It includes laser sensors, smart cameras and encrypted networks that would let th...

 
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Russia’s Foreign Ministry: We Are Ready to Use Nuclear Weapons

Posted: Jul 6, 2015 15:58 CST
Value Walk

Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that Russia would use nuclear weapons only to defend itself and its allies, adding that the Russian military doctrine does not pose any threat to the world. Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs outlined two cases, in which Russian would use its nuclear force. “According to our doctrine, the Russian Federation, like before, reserves the right to use nuclear weapons in two cases: as a response to the use of nuclear or other types of weapons of mass dest...

 
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South African Procurement to Start Soon

Posted: Jul 6, 2015 15:47 CST
World Nuclear News

The South African government intends to begin its nuclear new-build procurement process this month, energy minister Tina Joemat-Petterson has indicated in a response to parliamentary questions. Joemat-Petterson was responding to a question posed by shadow energy minister Gordon Mackay, who has questioned the degree of transparency with which the procurement process will be conducted. Describing the procurement process as "seemingly backward", Mackay said in a statement that he would now reque...

 
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Austria Files EU Complaint against UK Nuclear Plant

Posted: Jul 6, 2015 15:46 CST
AFP

Austria said on Monday it has filed a legal challenge at the European Court of Justice against EU-approved state subsidies for a new nuclear power plant in Britain. "Subsidies are there to support modern technologies that lie in the general interest of all EU member states. This is not the case with nuclear power," Chancellor Werner Faymann said in a statement.

 
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How Startups Can Save Nuclear Tech

Posted: Jul 6, 2015 15:46 CST
Fortune

A growing number of nuclear startups are trying to solve the world’s most pressing problem. A recent disturbing report predicts that despite a colossal number of new solar panels and wind turbines over the next quarter century, the planet will still face dangerous rising temperatures. Basically even if these widely embraced clean energy technologies are put on overdrive, we’re still probably screwed. The report was understandably bearish on big growth in nuclear power. Following the tragic ea...

 
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Why Iran Wants a Nuclear Deal

Posted: Jul 3, 2015 16:07 CST
The Atlantic (originally published Jul 2, 2015)

If the U.S. and Iran conclude a nuclear deal next week, the Islamic Republic stands to gain billions of dollars in eventual sanctions relief. But money isn’t the most important reason the Iranian leadership may be set to shake hands with its historic enemy after 18 months of negotiations. “One of the most important reasons Iran is signing this deal, in my opinion ... is not actually sanctions,” said Vali Nasr, the dean of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. “I...

 
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The Father of Iran's Nuclear Program Recalls How It All Began

Posted: Jul 3, 2015 16:07 CST
Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty

It was late in 1973 when Akbar Etemad got the call -- the shah wanted to discuss ways to launch a nuclear program that would cement Iran's place among the world's modern nations. Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi had reached the conclusion that Iran needed to diversify its energy sources for the future in order to provide for a rising population. A month later he personally delivered his findings to the shah, who immediately started reading the study. "The shah read the report in about an hour and a...

 

Iranian Foreign Minister: 'We Have Never Been Closer' to Nuclear Deal

Posted: Jul 3, 2015 16:07 CST
CNN

Days before the deadline for a nuclear deal, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif delivered a hopeful yet circumspect message in an English-language video message posted online. "At this 11th hour, despite some differences that remain, we have never been closer to a lasting outcome," he said Friday. "But there is no guarantee."

 

On-Going Debate over Iran’s Newly Produced LEU Hexafluoride

Posted: Jul 3, 2015 16:06 CST
ISIS

The controversy over the status of Iran’s newly produced low enriched uranium (LEU) hexafluoride under the Joint Plan of Action (JPA) initially surprised us at ISIS. We have been monitoring the various provisions of the JPA since its inception, including Iran’s pledge to convert its newly produced LEU hexafluoride stocks into uranium dioxide form during the JPA term and its extensions. We would have expected the public controversy to center on other issues, including the near 20 percent LEU s...

 
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The New Dilemmas of Nuclear Deterrence

Posted: Jul 3, 2015 16:05 CST
The Diplomat

With nuclear modernization programs under way across a range of countries, Russia asserting its right to deploy nuclear weapons in the Crimea, NATO reviewing the role of nuclear weapons in the alliance, and a recent report in the US arguing for a more versatile arsenal of tactical nuclear weapons, it’s clear the world’s revisiting an old problem: how to build effective nuclear deterrence arrangements. Since the end of the Cold War, thinking about deterrence issues has been mainly confined to ...

 
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Nuclear Safety is a Continuum, not a Final Destination

Posted: Jul 3, 2015 16:05 CST
IAEA

“There’s this continuum with regard to safety improvement,” said Ken Ellis, CEO of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) and Chair of the International Conference on Operational Safety, held at IAEA headquarters in Vienna last week. Nuclear safety is a work in progress and not a status that is reached once and forever. “And the nuclear industry has learned that the best way to improve safety is to assist each other in that endeavor, share operating experience, share good practices...

 

TEPCO Calls In IAEA for Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Evaluation

Posted: Jul 3, 2015 16:04 CST
Nuclear Street

The Tokyo Electric Power Company, owner and operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiihi nuclear power plant, has turned to the International Atomic Energy Agency for help evaluating is shuttered Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant. TEPCO is reportedly turning to international experts to evaluate the plant because its credibility is so low in Japan that a restart of its other generating facility could be held up or denied simply because trust in TEPCO in Japan is parched, according to local media.

 
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Greenpeace and Utilities Launch Suit against Hinkley Nuclear Plant

Posted: Jul 2, 2015 16:09 CST
The Guardian

Greenpeace and nine German and Austrian utilities selling renewable energy said on Thursday they are launching legal action against state aid for a new British nuclear power plant, which was approved by the European commission. Greenpeace and the others in the group said at a news briefing that the lawsuit would be filed with the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg in the coming days, over the Hinkley Point C project in south-west England.

 
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Why the US Nuclear Industry is Eager to Save This Obscure, Government-Run Bank

Posted: Jul 2, 2015 16:09 CST
The Christian Science Monitor

The US nuclear industry has looked abroad for business as demand in the US has fallen. But without the Export-Import Bank's backing, some say it would be harder for US companies to seal nuclear deals abroad. Until recently, the bank was relatively low-profile, providing loans and loan guarantees to help US companies sell their goods abroad. The bank is perhaps best known for aiding Boeing in its efforts to sell airplanes abroad, making US planes competitive with European rival Airbus.

 

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