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Nuclear Power-less Japan Must Pay for Fuel Imports in Weak Yen

Posted: Sep 19, 2014 16:53 CST

Few are as eager as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to see Japan’s idled nuclear reactors brought back into operation. Since the country flicked off the switch to its nuclear energy program a little more than a year ago, expensive energy imports, particularly of liquefied natural gas (LNG), have worsened trade deficits. That’s placed an extra burden on an economy that contracted at an annualized rate of 7.1 percent in the second quarter, its worst showing since 2009.

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Myths and Misconceptions: The Right to Enrich

Posted: Sep 19, 2014 15:35 CST
Arms Control Now (originally published Sep 18, 2014)

As talks between Iran and the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States) resume in New York this week, myths and misconceptions about Iran’s nuclear program still persist, and threaten to derail negotiations. This post looks to debunk some of the most commonly held “myths,” about Iran’s nuclear program and what a comprehensive agreement will seek to achieve.

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Russia Makes Fast Neutron Reactor Progress

Posted: Sep 19, 2014 10:06 CST
World Nuclear News

Russia has announced two new milestones in its ‘Proryv’, or Breakthrough, project to enable a closed nuclear fuel cycle. The ultimate aim is to eliminate production of radioactive waste from nuclear power generation. Siberian Chemical Combine (SCC), based in Tomsk, said yesterday it has completed testing of the first full-scale TVS-4 fuel assembly containing nitride fuel. The assembly is intended for the BN-600 fast neutron reactor, which is the third unit of the Beloyarsk nuclear power plant.

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How Should America Respond to China’s Deadly Missile Arsenal?

Posted: Sep 19, 2014 9:59 CST
The National Interest

How should the United States respond to Russian noncompliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty? For more than twenty-five years, this landmark arms-control agreement has prevented both nations from fielding surface-to-surface ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5500 kilometers, whether they carry conventional or nuclear warheads. In late July, the State Department publicly revealed what the press had been reporting for some time, namely that Russia...

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Why Rouhani Could Walk Away

Posted: Sep 19, 2014 9:58 CST
Foreign Policy (originally published Sep 18, 2014)

Six months ago, nuclear diplomacy with Iran almost seemed too big to fail. The dire consequences of diplomatic collapse -- a return to a path toward war -- were enough to get all parties involved to muster the political will to move toward a deal. But today, as talks resume in New York, even optimists recognize that the prospects are dimming for a comprehensive nuclear deal between Iran and the West.

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First American Nuke Plant In 21st Century To Open Soon

Posted: Sep 18, 2014 18:19 CST

A nuclear reactor at the Watts Bar Nuclear Generating Station in Tennessee is on track to be the first new commercial nuclear power plant in the United States to be completed in this century. Over its life-span, this one reactor will produce more electricity than six new combined cycle natural gas plants, or five new coal plants, or thirty of the largest solar arrays in the world, or 10,000 of the big MW wind turbines.


N-fuel Reprocessing Plant Delayed Until 2016

Posted: Sep 18, 2014 15:26 CST
The Japan News (originally published Sep 17, 2014)

Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. plans to postpone the completion of its spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in the village of Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, to around the spring of 2016, according to sources.The plant operator aimed to finish construction by October but concluded the Nuclear Regulation Authority would take more time than expected to carry out safety inspections, the sources said.


Expert Opinion: India’s Additional Protocol and the IAEA

Posted: Sep 18, 2014 15:23 CST

In late June, India announced pending ratification of an Additional Protocol with the IAEA that gives the agency powers to inspect civil installations. Could this be a prelude to Nuclear Suppliers’ Group membership? Some have their doubts about the value of the Additional Protocol. Here, WorldECR talks to SIPRI associated senior research fellow Robert Kelley about India’s decision to ratify the protocol.

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Verification Requirements for a Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Posted: Sep 18, 2014 15:21 CST
FAS Strategic Security Blog

Negotiations are currently underway with Iran regarding their nuclear program; as a result, one of the main questions for U.S. government policymakers is what monitoring and verification measures and tools will be required by the United States, its allies, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to ensure Iran’s nuclear program remains peaceful. To answer this question, the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) convened a non-partisan, independent task force to examine the technic...


How the Iranian Media Distort Country's Nuclear Lens

Posted: Sep 18, 2014 15:20 CST
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (originally published Sep 16, 2014)

Few topics preoccupy Iranians more than the ongoing nuclear talks between their country and the P5+1 (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, and Germany). The nuclear issue is on every single Iranian’s radar. This is not because they really care about the number of centrifuges spinning at Natanz, their country’s controversial enrichment plant. But the nuclear dossier has impacted every aspect of their lives. It has dictated Iran’s approach to foreign policy and governed...


China Joins Nations Eyeing India's Civil Nuclear Sector

Posted: Sep 18, 2014 15:11 CST

China became the latest nation to line up for a stake in India's civil nuclear energy drive on Thursday, agreeing to open talks on cooperation in a sector that New Delhi sees as the solution to its chronic power problems. A deal for India to buy nuclear reactors from Beijing could be years away, but Chinese President Xi Jinping's agreement to explore options means his country may now be competing with the United States, France, Russia and several others.


Developing World Revives Nuclear Power Prospects, but Yet to Commit

Posted: Sep 18, 2014 15:11 CST

Developing nations are leading a revival of interest in nuclear power, say atomic plant builders, but orders remain elusive as more safety features post-Fukushima have inflated investment costs. Three-and-a-half years after Japan's reactor accident shook confidence, around 25 countries are thinking of turning nuclear to sustain strong growth and provide cleaner and reliable power.


PONI Debates the Issues: U.S. No First Use

Posted: Sep 18, 2014 15:05 CST
Project on Nuclear Issues (originally published Sep 17, 2014)

On September 10, 2014, PONI continued its live debate series with a discussion on whether or not the United States should adopt a no first use (NFU) nuclear policy. The debate featured two renowned experts, with Mr. Jack Mendelsohn, former Deputy Director of the Arms Control Association, arguing in the Affirmative, and Mr. Walt Slocombe, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, arguing in the Negative.


Senate Approves Two Nominees for Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Posted: Sep 17, 2014 18:45 CST
Nuclear Street

On Tuesday, the Senate confirmed nominations for two new members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Jeff Baran and Steve Burns will replace George Apostolakis and William Magwood, who departed to become director general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's Nuclear Energy Agency. Baran is currently a Democratic staff director for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he has worked since 2009. He has also worked as a lawyer for that committee and for the Ho...

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Russia and West at Odds over Syria at U.N. Nuclear Meeting

Posted: Sep 17, 2014 15:49 CST

Russia is pushing for the issue of Syria's alleged past nuclear activities to be removed from the agenda of the U.N. atomic agency's board, diplomats said on Wednesday. Western members of the 35-nation board of the International Atomic Energy Agency are against the Russian initiative as they believe Damascus should be kept under pressure to cooperate with the IAEA's long-stalled inquiry, the diplomats said.

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Russia Stonewalls U.S. on Charges of Nuclear Missile Treaty Breach: Moscow Turns Tables, Accuses U.S. of INF Treaty Violations

Posted: Sep 17, 2014 15:43 CST
Washington Free Beacon (originally published Sep 16, 2014)

Russia is refusing to discuss U.S. charges that Moscow violated the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty by building a cruise missile banned under the accord, according to U.S. officials. Additionally, Moscow in talks held last week accused the United States of INF treaty violations for using target missiles in missile defense tests and deploying armed drones—even though neither weapon is covered by the treaty, according to officials familiar with the talks.

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Mark Fitzpatrick: Dangers of Nuclear Proliferation in the Middle East

Posted: Sep 17, 2014 15:43 CST

Among unconventional and asymmetrical challenges, nuclear weapons are the most destructive and most worrisome. In the Middle East, the establishment of a zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction is a long-desired goal. It is regrettable that there been no progress toward fulfilling this ambition. This is partly because of questions of adherence and trust. The region has seen four cases when nations have violated their obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation T...


S.Korea, U.S. to Hold Nuclear Energy Talks

Posted: Sep 17, 2014 15:42 CST

South Korea and the United States will have another round of talks on renewing a bilateral nuclear energy pact in Vienna this weekend, Seoul's foreign ministry said Wednesday. The delegates from South Korea and the U.S. plan to hold the 11th round of negotiations in Austria on Sunday on the renewal of the accord over Seoul's civil nuclear energy use, also known as the "123 agreement." The meeting will be held on the sidelines of a plenary meeting for the International Atomic Energy Agency (I...


Sen. Reid Moves to Ensure Nuclear Dump Stays Dead

Posted: Sep 17, 2014 15:39 CST
AP (originally published Sep 16, 2014)

Amid action in Congress to intensify the fight against Islamic State militants, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid found time Tuesday for an issue closer to home: ensuring that a nuclear waste dump in his home state of Nevada remains mothballed even after the government has spent $15 billion on it. Reid devoted floor time to confirming two nominees to the agency that oversees the nation's nuclear reactors. That means a Democratic-appointed majority will weigh any further steps related to creat...

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We Don't Want to See Iran's Full Monty: Why Forcing Tehran to Reveal All about Its Nuclear Past Is Not Only TMI but Totally Unnecessary and Potentially Devastating

Posted: Sep 16, 2014 15:52 CST
Foreign Policy (originally published Sep 15, 2014)

Look, as I have written before, Iran very likely had a covert nuclear weapons program until at least 2003. The 2007 National Intelligence Estimate on Iran's nuclear weapons program describes a "halt," to that "covert," nuclear weapons program, which Iran carried out at something called the Physics Research Center (PHRC), located in the Lavizan neighborhood of Tehran and under the leadership of a fellow named Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. When the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) became interes...



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