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Mark Fitzpatrick: The Country That Keeps One Up at Night

Posted: May 29, 2015 15:55 CST
IISS

In a recent interview, Admiral Harry Harris Jr, who is participating in the Shangri-La Dialogue just after assuming leadership of the US Pacific Command, called North Korea ‘the greatest threat we face’ and the country that keeps him ‘up at night’. The nuclear challenge that Pyongyang presents to its immediate neighbors is supplemented by land- and sea-based ballistic-missile programs that are being developed to also pose a threat to the United States. North Korea’s ejection test of a prototy...

 
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Iran Shares Some Information in Nuclear Probe, No Breakthrough: IAEA

Posted: May 29, 2015 15:54 CST
Reuters

The U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Friday it had made incremental progress but no breakthrough in its inquiry into whether Iran may have researched an atom bomb, a sobering message that may dim chances for a deal between Tehran and big powers next month. A confidential, quarterly report issued by the IAEA said the Islamic Republic had provided some information about one of two open items in the investigation into possible military dimensions to its nuclear energy program "The Agency and Iran a...

 
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Iran Foreign Minister Says Nuclear Deal Possible By June 30

Posted: May 29, 2015 15:53 CST
Washington Post (originally published May 28, 2015)

Iran’s foreign minister on Thursday held out hope that a “sustainable, mutually respectful,” deal can be struck with world powers in talks over his country’s nuclear program before the deadline of June 30. Mohammad Javad Zarif said an agreement with negotiators from the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany is possible provided “people have their foot in reality, not in illusions.”

 
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Russia Is Set to Triple Nuclear Supersonic Bomber Force

Posted: May 29, 2015 15:52 CST
National Interest (originally published May 28, 2015)

Russia will purchase at least 50 of the newly revived Tupolev Tu-160 (Blackjack) heavy strategic bombers, dramatically increasing its arsenal. As The National Interest previously reported, last month Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that Russia would resume production of the Tu-160 strategic bomber, a Soviet-era aircraft that is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear weapons. On Thursday, Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev, the commander-in-chief of Russia’s Air Force, revea...

 

Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement and Relevant Provisions of Security Council Resolutions in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Posted: May 29, 2015 15:52 CST
ISIS

This report of the Director General to the Board of Governors and, in parallel, to the Security Council, is on the implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement and relevant provisions of Security Council resolutions in the Islamic Republic of Iran (Iran). It contains information, inter alia, regarding the implementation of measures under the ‘Joint Statement on a Framework for Cooperation’ (the Framework for Cooperation) and the Joint Plan of Action (JPA), as further extended.

 

ISIS Analysis of IAEA Iran Safeguards Report

Posted: May 29, 2015 15:51 CST
ISIS

On May 29, 2015 the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released its report the implementation of the NPT safeguards agreement in Iran and the status of Iran’s compliance with United Nation Security Council resolutions. Included are some of the key findings from that report.

 
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Strategic Warning and China’s Nuclear Posture

Posted: May 29, 2015 15:51 CST
The Diplomat (originally published May 28, 2015)

China’s last national defense white paper – the most authoritative document on its defense and security policy – caused quite a stir when it was released two years ago. Some foreign analysts were concerned that China was changing its long-standing policy of No-First-Use (NFU) of nuclear weapons because this policy was not mentioned in the document. Chinese experts quickly pointed out that the absence of NFU pledge from that white paper did not imply a weakened Chinese commitment to NFU. They ...

 

Final Line under US-Russia HEU Deal

Posted: May 28, 2015 19:38 CST
WNN

President Barack Obama has drawn a line under the completed Megatons to Megawatts program by terminating a state of national emergency. A state of national emergency was declared by the USA in 2000 to help to ensure that payments to Russia under the 1993 agreement to downblend surplus military high-enriched uranium could not be derailed by unrelated legal actions. The initial order declaring the national emergency was succeeded by a second order in June 2012.

 
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No Respect for U.S. Non-Proliferation

Posted: May 28, 2015 19:34 CST
Real Clear Defense

It seems like the whole world has been chastising the United States lately for not cutting its nuclear arsenal deeply enough, quickly enough. In response, you could almost hear the U.S. representatives at the recently concluded United Nations Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference channel Rodney Dangerfield’s famous one-liner, “I don’t get no respect!” If there is one nation that deserves respect when it comes to disarmament and nonproliferation, however, it is the United States. No ...

 
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Hungary, China Agree to Cooperate in Training Nuclear Staff

Posted: May 28, 2015 16:00 CST
World Nuclear News

Hungary and China have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to cooperate in education and research and development in the nuclear power sector. Hungary's national development minister Miklós Seszták and the head of China's National Energy Administration Nur Bekri signed the agreement in Budapest on 26 May. According to a statement issued by the Hungarian government the same day, Seszták said Hungary welcomed the steps China had taken in the development its own nuclear power industry tha...

 
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China, Egypt Agree to Nuclear Cooperation

Posted: May 28, 2015 16:00 CST
World Nuclear News

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) to cooperate in the construction of power reactors has been signed between China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) and the Egyptian Nuclear Power Plant Authority (NPPA). In a statement CNNC said the signing of the MOU marks a new phase in work to develop nuclear energy in Egypt and that the company has now become "one of the official partners for Egypt's nuclear power projects".

 
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Trident Safety Concerns 'Not Been Proved', Says Defense Secretary

Posted: May 28, 2015 15:59 CST
BBC

The UK's Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said a whistleblower's concerns about Trident nuclear submarine safety have not been proved. Mr Fallon's statement said: "I can assure the House that neither the operational effectiveness of our Continuous at Sea Deterrent nor the safety of our submariners or members of the public have been compromised. "Able Seaman McNeilly published his comments following his first submarine deployment. He was under training, and his access and exposure to activ...

 

Listening in on the Nuclear Underground

Posted: May 28, 2015 15:58 CST
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (originally published May 11, 2015)

A global network of seismic and infrasound monitoring stations listens constantly for underground clues that a nuclear test has taken place. Set up by the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Preparatory Commission, the stations will be part of the verification system for a comprehensive test ban treaty, should it come into force. This video, produced by the CTBTO, uses a monitoring station in Bischofsreut, a tranquil corner of Germany's Bavarian Forest, to explain how the glob...

 
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A New Roadmap to Minimize and Eliminate HEU

Posted: May 28, 2015 15:58 CST
Center for Nonproliferation Studies (originally published May 26, 2015)

Since 1992, the international community has taken important steps to reduce the risk posed by HEU—removing and eliminating thousands of kilograms of HEU, converting HEU-fueled reactors to use low-enriched uranium (LEU), and promoting the adoption of LEU alternatives for medical isotope production. Despite significant progress, the work to reduce—and ultimately eliminate—HEU is far from finished. A Roadmap to Minimize and Eliminate Highly Enriched Uranium, a new paper from CNS, the Nuclear Thr...

 
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IDF Chiefs: Nuclear Deal Could Enhance Israel’s Security Position

Posted: May 28, 2015 15:56 CST
Lobe Log (originally published May 27, 2015)

Iran poses an existential threat to Israel and is the biggest security concern for the Jewish state. This mantra is constantly repeated by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, congressional opponents of the White House’s Iran diplomacy, and Republican presidential hopefuls, several of whom have been competing to stake out the most extreme policy positions vis-à-vis Iran. But one key group of experts doesn’t buy into that threat assessment: namely, the heads of the Israel Defense Forces ...

 

U.S. Says No Extension for Iran Nuclear Talks: State Department

Posted: May 28, 2015 15:56 CST
Reuters (originally published May 27, 2015)

The United States will not consider an extension to reach an agreement on curbing Iran's nuclear program, the State Department said on Wednesday, despite indications from France and Iran that talks may stretch into July. "We're not contemplating any extension beyond June 30," State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said at a news briefing.

 
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Austria Ready to Sue over Subsidized Nuclear Plants: Minister

Posted: May 27, 2015 17:20 CST
Channel News Asia

Austria will take legal action to block any subsidized nuclear power plants in an effort to discourage use of the technology in Europe and scare off investors, the country's environment minister, Andrae Rupprechter, said in a newspaper interview. Rupprechter's comments to business daily Wirtschaftsblatt reflect non-nuclear Austria's tough stance, as evidenced by its intent to take the European Commission to court over approval of Britain's plans for the Hinkley Point nuclear plant.

 
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China's Access to Uranium Resources

Posted: May 27, 2015 15:45 CST
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (originally published May 26, 2015)

Official plans in China call for a three-fold increase in nuclear energy by 2020, and much more is under consideration for the coming decades. How will China get the uranium it needs to feed its ambitious nuclear energy plans for the coming decades? This report suggests that between domestic uranium mining, uranium purchased on the international market, and uranium mined by Chinese-owned companies overseas, the security of China’s uranium supply will not pose a challenge to China’s nuclear po...

 
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Sendai Reactors Cleared for Restart

Posted: May 27, 2015 15:45 CST
World Nuclear News

Kyushu Electric Power Company has today received the third and final regulatory approval necessary for restarting units 1 and 2 of its Sendai nuclear power plant in Japan's Kagoshima prefecture. The utility submitted a joint application to the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) in July 2013 for the necessary permissions to restart both units. These approvals include making changes to the reactor installations; its construction plan to strengthen the plant; and its operational safety programs ...

 

Russia, US Close on Iran 'Snap-Back' Sanctions

Posted: May 27, 2015 15:44 CST
AP (originally published May 26, 2015)

Moscow and Washington are close to agreement on a formula that bridges differences over U.S. demands to quickly re-impose U.N. sanctions on Iran if Tehran violates its commitments under a nuclear deal, officials told The Associated Press Tuesday. Such an understanding would resolve a U.S.-Russian dispute that threatened to scuttle an agreement meant to impose long term cuts on Iran's nuclear programs in exchange for sanctions relief.

 

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