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Top U.N. Nuclear Inspector to Brief Senators on Iran Deal

Posted: Aug 3, 2015 19:33 CST
Politico

The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency, whose inspectors’ role in implementing the Iran nuclear deal has become a flashpoint on Capitol Hill, will privately brief members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee next week. Yukiya Amano of the International Atomic Energy Agency agreed to the Aug. 5 session after receiving a letter requesting his presence from all of the lawmakers on the committee, the top two senators on the panel said in a statement Friday.

 

DOE Funds Advanced Reactor R&D

Posted: Aug 3, 2015 16:21 CST
World Nuclear News

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced funding to support the research, development and demonstration of advanced reactor concepts. In partnership with industry, the department will fund two awards worth up to $6 million each in the 2015 financial year. The DOE described its funding opportunity announcement as an "early step in increasing investment in nuclear advanced reactor technologies", which it said could potentially provide "substantially enhanced operational performance, safe...

 
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Release the Secret Iran Deals

Posted: Aug 3, 2015 16:20 CST
Wall Street Journal (originally published Aug 2, 2015)

For those of us who are elected officials, few votes will be more consequential than whether to approve or disapprove the nuclear agreement President Obama has reached with Iran. Yet the president expects Congress to cast this vote without the administration’s fully disclosing the contents of the deal to the American people. This is unacceptable and plainly violates the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act—a law the president signed only weeks ago. During a recent trip to Vienna to meet with the...

 
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On Kerry Visit, Arab Nations Express Support for Iran Nuclear Agreement

Posted: Aug 3, 2015 16:20 CST
The Washington Post

Persian Gulf Arab states on Monday publicly endorsed the Iran nuclear deal during a visit by Secretary of State John F. Kerry, who said the United States would step up arms sales and intelligence-sharing to counter Iran’s “destabilizing activities” in the region. “This was the best option among other options — to come up with a solution. . . through dialogue” with Iran, said Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah, speaking for the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council, which he ...

 

Iran's Parliament Has No Power over Nuclear Deal, Top Negotiator Says

Posted: Aug 3, 2015 16:19 CST
Reuters (originally published Aug 1, 2015)

Iran's parliament does not have authority over the nuclear agreement signed with world powers last month, the Islamic Republic's top nuclear negotiator was quoted as saying on Saturday. The comments from Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran's atomic energy agency, are the latest volley in a lengthy battle between Iranian officials supportive of the deal, and hardliners who are skeptical of it.

 
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United States Ratifies Key Nuclear Security Amendment

Posted: Jul 31, 2015 14:23 CST
IAEA

The United States today formally ratified the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM), a move welcomed by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano as “an important step to bolster nuclear security around the world.” Two-thirds of the 151 States Parties to the Convention must adhere to the Amendment for it to enter into force. Adherence by 14 more States Parties is still needed for the Amendment to take effect.

 
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Iran's Foreign Minister Calls for World's Nuclear Weapons States to Disarm

Posted: Jul 31, 2015 14:23 CST
The Guardian

Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has called on Israel and the world’s eight other states with nuclear weapons to begin disarming, in response to his country’s acceptance of strict curbs on its nuclear program in an agreement reached earlier this month. “The cold war-era asymmetry between states that possess nuclear weapons and those that don’t is no longer tolerable,” the minister writes, claiming Iran had “walked the walk,” on non-proliferation.

 
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Paulina Izewicz: Examining the Restrictions on Iran's Missiles

Posted: Jul 31, 2015 14:21 CST
IISS

Iran’s ballistic-missile program caused last-minute controversy in the recent negotiations leading to the historic nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers on 14 July. In the final stages of talks, Iran, supported by Russia and China, demanded all UN missile-related sanctions be lifted, while the West held out for a continued ban. In the end, a compromise was struck imposing an eight-year conditional ban.

 
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Here's How to Rid Korea of Nuclear Weapons

Posted: Jul 31, 2015 14:21 CST
The National Interest

With the Iran nuclear agreement now on the table for debate, many foreign-policy specialists and senior diplomats are naturally turning back to the North Korean nuclear issue to ask what lessons might be applied to that seemingly intractable situation. Indeed, it seems likely that lessons have also been instructive in the opposite direction—namely, in providing a negative example of how a half-hearted and often-incoherent strategy, not to mention a failure to coordinate effectively among the ...

 
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3 Former TEPCO Executives Face Criminal Trial over Fukushima Crisis

Posted: Jul 31, 2015 14:21 CST
The Asahi Shimbun

Three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. will stand trial over the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster after an independent judicial panel of citizens on July 31 again decided that mandatory indictments are warranted. It will be the first time for TEPCO or government officials to stand formally accused of professional negligence resulting in death and injury in the nuclear crisis that was triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

 
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Russia Races to Outflank China in Middle East Nuclear Technology Market

Posted: Jul 31, 2015 14:20 CST
The Diplomat

As China enters the market for nuclear power plant construction in post-sanctions Iran, Moscow is racing across the Middle East to develop new export markets for Russian nuclear technology. On July 22, the head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) announced that Beijing and Tehran have agreed to China’s construction of two nuclear power plants on Iran’s southern coast. However the loss to Beijing of some of its market share in nuclear technology exports to Iran has not caught Moscow f...

 
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Mental Health Suffers Most in Major Nuclear Accidents, Studies Find

Posted: Jul 31, 2015 14:19 CST
Reuters

People caught up in a nuclear disaster are more likely to suffer severe psychological disorders such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder rather than any harm from radiation, scientists said on Friday. The studies counter the misconception that nuclear disasters have caused widespread death and physical illness, with the researchers finding that the mental health effects were far more profound. “In most nuclear accidents very few people are exposed to a life-threatening dose of ra...

 
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How to Make Iran Keep its Word

Posted: Jul 30, 2015 16:06 CST
Politico (originally published Jul 29, 2015)

Proponents of the agreement over Iran’s nuclear program leave the impression it has no vulnerabilities and the alternative is war; opponents argue it has no virtues and there is an easy alternative—simply go back to the negotiating table and get a better deal by forcing our allies to choose between doing business with us or Iran. At this point, neither side persuades me. The alternative to the agreement is not war but a mess with our allies. If the Iranians say they will not renegotiate the d...

 
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Why the Naysayers Are Wrong About the Iran Deal

Posted: Jul 30, 2015 16:05 CST
The New York Times

Mike Huckabee says President Obama is using his nuclear deal to “take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.” Mitt Romney describes it as a “generational calamity.” And while polls diverge, one recently taken by CNN suggests the public wants Congress to reject the agreement by a 52 percent to 44 percent majority.

 

Challenges to Global Peace and the Hiroshima Legacy

Posted: Jul 30, 2015 16:03 CST
The Nation

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is now woefully inadequate as a tool to curb the spread of weapons of mass destruction in the 21st century. Two weeks ago, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran's nuclear program was agreed upon in Vienna. The agreement seeks to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons, and commits Iran to destroying 98 per cent of its stockpile of enriched uranium. This is a hopeful development that should be welcomed by all peace-loving peoples.

 

EDF Agrees to Majority Stake in Areva's Reactor Business

Posted: Jul 30, 2015 16:03 CST
World Nuclear News

EDF has agreed to take a stake of at least 51% in Areva's reactor business, according to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by the two companies yesterday that sets out the principal terms and conditions of the plan. The MOU provides for EDF to take a majority stake (at least 51%) in Areva NP, the company responsible for equipment and fuel manufacturing, as well as services for reactors. Areva will hold a stake of no more than 25%, allowing the potential participation of other minorit...

 

Holtec to Start Regulatory Process for New Mexico Used Fuel Store Soon

Posted: Jul 30, 2015 16:02 CST
World Nuclear News

Holtec International has unveiled the schedule for its proposed consolidated interim storage facility (CISF) for used nuclear fuel, with start-up slated for 2020. Holtec sees the facility, to be built in south-eastern New Mexico, as the only solution being put forward to deal with the USA's 70,000 tonnes of used nuclear fuel that is currently located in 35 states and at about 70 sites.

 
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NNSA Recovers Radiological Material from Mexico

Posted: Jul 29, 2015 22:48 CST
NN

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), in partnership with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), the U.S. Air Force (USAF), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the United Mexican States, has successfully completed the repatriation of three irradiators containing U.S.-origin radioactive sources from Mexico. For 30 years, these irradiators played a critical role in the eradication of a devastating livestock parasite, the screwworm. Th...

 
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Why North Korea Doesn’t Want Iran-Style Nuclear Talks

Posted: Jul 29, 2015 16:06 CST
Wall Street Journal (originally published Jul 28, 2015)

Ask a North Korean diplomat why Pyongyang has no interest in Iran-style nuclear talks, and he might point to another country in the region: Libya. There, eight years after Moammar Gadhafi agreed to give up his weapons of mass destruction in 2003, the Libyan dictator met a grisly end on the streets of the city of his birth, Sirte.

 
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Are America's Long-Range Ballistic Missiles Doomed?

Posted: Jul 29, 2015 16:05 CST
National Interest (originally published Jul 28, 2015)

For all their speed and destructive power, the first intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) of the late 1950s and early 1960s were more terror weapons than precision munitions. The limited accuracy of the first ICBMs meant that neither U.S. nor Soviet missile forces could kill the other's missile forces or command centers.

 

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