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High-Level Waste Arrives in Japan

Posted: Apr 23, 2014 17:53 CST

The fourth and largest shipment so far of high-level waste from the UK to Japan has been completed. All such waste, resulting from the reprocessing of used reactor fuel, should be returned from the UK to Japan by the end of the decade. The Pacific Grebe is classed as an INF 3 vessel, certified to carry plutonium or used nuclear fuel up to any level of radioactivity. The Pacific Grebe, carrying five large flasks holding 132 canisters of waste in vitrified glass form, arrived in Japan yesterday...


Singapore Steps Up Nuclear Research and Education

Posted: Apr 23, 2014 17:43 CST

Singapore is moving ahead with plans to grow its expertise in developing nuclear technology and safety, Channel News Asia reported. The National Research Foundation (NRF) announced this week a 10-year program focused on improving nuclear research and education. To fund the first five years of the program, the NRF expects to earmark an estimated $63 million in order to help boost the country's knowledge of nuclear technology by training more nuclear experts. The program is comprised of the Sin...


Energy Department Scraps Millions in Fees for Nuclear Loan Guarantee

Posted: Apr 23, 2014 15:23 CST
Washington Examiner

Developers of a Georgia nuclear project didn't have to pay millions of dollars in fees designed to prevent risk for taxpayers when it secured $6.5 billion in loan guarantees from the Energy Department in February, the agency confirmed Tuesday to the Washington Examiner. The DOE calculated a zero dollar "credit subsidy fee," which protects taxpayers if developers default, for electric utility Georgia Power -- a subsidiary of Southern Co. -- and Oglethorpe Power Corp. to spur completion of two ...

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Debunking the Iran-North Korea Nuclear Axis Myth

Posted: Apr 23, 2014 15:21 CST
The Diplomat

There has been a persistent effort on the part of Iran hawks and other more careful observers to link North Korea and Iran together as part of a nuclear axis. This makes good sense from the part of Iran hawks, who want to hype the Iran threat and undermine diplomatic outreach to Tehran. Creating the impression that we can deduce Iran’s future behavior from North Korea’s actions serves both of those goals nicely. As I’ve argued before, the linkage doesn’t make a great deal of sense. Iran and N...


N. Korea Vows Not to Lay down Nuclear Weapons

Posted: Apr 23, 2014 15:20 CST

North Korea pledged Wednesday not to lay down its nuclear weapons as it called on South Korea to stop annual joint military drills with the United States. The North vowed last year to develop its economy and nuclear arsenal in tandem, a dual-track policy South Korea and the U.S. have warned is a dead end for the communist country. The North has called its nuclear programs a "treasured sword," against what it claims is Washington's policy of hostility.

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3 Ways to Thwart N. Korea Nukes

Posted: Apr 23, 2014 15:20 CST

News reports indicate that North Korea may be preparing for a nuclear test, potentially scheduled to coincide with President Obama's visit to South Korea this week. The North Korean foreign minister warned Tuesday that Obama's trip could "escalate confrontation and bring the dark clouds of a nuclear arms race," prompting speculation that the impulsive young leader of the North, Kim Jong Un, is again crying out for attention. The United States and its allies and partners would no doubt seek to...


What Iran Really Wants

Posted: Apr 23, 2014 15:19 CST
Tehran Times

Foreign policy is a critical component in the lives, conduct, and governance of all nation-states. But it has become even more significant in recent years as interstate relations have grown ever more complex. The inexorable rise in the number of international players has further complicated policymaking. The post-revolutionary foreign policy of Iran has been based on a number of cherished ideals and objectives embedded in the country’s constitution. These include the preservation of Iran’s in...

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New Developments at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

Posted: Apr 23, 2014 15:17 CST
38 North

Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that Pyongyang has begun new operations at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site. In the six-week period from early March 2014 until April 19, imagery shows an increase in activities at the Main Support Area. This area was used to manage operations and handle personnel and equipment during preparations at the West Portal area for the February 2013 nuclear detonation as well as at the South Portal area, where there are two completed tunnels. In particul...


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

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

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

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

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...



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