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India’s Submarine Deterrent and Asian Nuclear Proliferation

Posted: Jul 25, 2014 15:37 CST

India’s Submarine Deterrent and Asian Nuclear Proliferation – IISS New Delhi’s plans for nuclear-armed submarines could undermine efforts to restrict fissile materials, and set off a naval arms race. India has become a more or less accepted member of the global nuclear order, but the state’s emerging undersea deterrent continues to be a source of concern. Its efforts to create nuclear-armed submarines began in the 1980s, and technical progress was slow during the project’s first three decades...


The Ukraine Crisis and Nuclear Order

Posted: Jul 25, 2014 15:35 CST

The Ukraine Crisis and Nuclear Order – IISS On some issues, particularly Iran, the fallout has been negligible, yet there is still reason for concern. The gravest dangers are the devaluing of security assurances and cracks in the credibility of extended deterrence. In the immediate aftermath of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, gloomy predictions for the non-proliferation agenda were a commentariat staple. On some issues, particularly Iran, the fallout has so far been marginal. Yet there remains...


The Next Generation WMD Nonproliferation Agenda

Posted: Jul 25, 2014 15:35 CST
Eurasia Review

The WMD supply chain is moving to parts of the world that have very little interest in the global nonproliferation regime, warns Johan Bergenas. That means it’s time for an updated nonproliferation agenda that accounts for the socio-economic needs of developing and emerging nations.

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IAEA Says Needs More Money to Monitor Iran Nuclear Deal Extension: Document

Posted: Jul 25, 2014 15:34 CST

The U.N. atomic watchdog said it needs 1 million euros in extra funding to help pay for its monitoring of a four-month extension of an interim nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers. The request was made in a note to member states of the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) dated July 24 and seen by Reuters on Friday, six days after the extension of last year's agreement was announced.


A Look Ahead

Posted: Jul 25, 2014 15:34 CST

What’s next on nonproliferation and international security, in Washington and around the globe.


Fukushima Accident Underscores Need for US to Seek Out New Information about Nuclear Plant Hazards

Posted: Jul 25, 2014 15:33 CST (originally published Jul 24, 2014)

A new congressionally mandated report from the National Academy of Sciences concludes that the overarching lesson learned from the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident is that nuclear plant licensees and their regulators must actively seek out and act on new information about hazards with the potential to affect the safety of nuclear plants. The committee that wrote the report examined the causes of the Japan accident and identified findings and recommendations for improving nuclear plant ...


China Signs Candu Deals with Romania and Argentina

Posted: Jul 25, 2014 15:33 CST
World Nuclear News

Two Chinese nuclear utilities have signed agreements that would see them cooperate in the construction and financing of new Candu units at Romania's Cernavoda plant and at Argentina's Atucha plant.


NRC Proposes Changes to Used Fuel Storage Rules

Posted: Jul 25, 2014 15:32 CST
World Nuclear News

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued its draft final rule and draft generic environmental impact statement (GEIS) on the continued storage of used fuel. The rule updates NRC's 2010 "waste confidence" decision, which the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overturned in 2012 because it said the agency had failed to consider what would happen if a repository is not built, or the environmental impact of potential fires and used fuel pool leaks at nuclear pow...


With New Safety Measures, Nuclear Reactors May Reopen In Japan

Posted: Jul 24, 2014 16:19 CST

Three years after the Fukushima disaster shut Japan's nuclear power plants, reactors at a different plant may reopen. Steve Inskeep talks with Wall Street Journal Tokyo bureau chief Peter Landers.


S. Korea, U.S., Japan Lower Bar for Nuclear Talks with N. Korea

Posted: Jul 24, 2014 16:16 CST

South Korea, the United States and Japan have agreed to lower the bar on conditions for resuming long-stalled nuclear talks with North Korea, a diplomatic source with knowledge of the matter said Monday, saying Pyongyang must show its sincerity through the same pledges it made in a scuttled aid-for-disarmament deal with the U.S. more than two years ago.


IAEA Annual Report 2013

Posted: Jul 24, 2014 15:28 CST

The annual report provides information on developments in 2013 related to the Agency's work and programs focusing, in a balanced manner, on nuclear technology and its applications, nuclear safety and security, nuclear verification, and technical cooperation.

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Indian Ratification of the Additional Protocol: Mischievous Reports Miss Significance – Analysis

Posted: Jul 24, 2014 15:28 CST
Eurasia Review

On 26-27 June 2014, the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) held its plenary meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The discussion on India’s membership was reportedly on the agenda. Meanwhile, on 23 June, India announced its decision to ratify the Protocol Additional to the Agreement between the Government of India and the IAEA for the application of safeguards to Civilian Nuclear Facilities (AP). India has been progressively, and on schedule, been implementing the Separation Plan accepted in 2006 as...


S. Korea, U.S. To Test Deterrence Plan against N.K. Nukes

Posted: Jul 24, 2014 15:26 CST

South Korea and the United States plan to implement their deterrence strategy aimed at curbing North Korea's nuclear threats during their upcoming joint exercise next month, defense ministry officials said Thursday. Seoul and Washington are slated to hold the Ulchi-Freedom Guardian (UFG), an annual joint combat readiness exercise, for about two weeks in August to test and improve their joint defense posture against possible provocations from the North.


Southern Hopes to Build More U.S. Nuclear Power Reactors

Posted: Jul 24, 2014 15:25 CST

Southern Co, one of the biggest U.S. power companies, said it hopes to announce plans by the end of the year to build more nuclear reactors, a spokesman said late Wednesday. That makes Southern the first company to pursue new reactors since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans earlier this year to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. Nuclear reactors produce almost no carbon emissions. The company is already building t...

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UK Restarts Geological Disposal Process (Again)

Posted: Jul 24, 2014 15:23 CST
Nuclear Engineering International Magazine

The UK Department of Energy & Climate Change has published a new white paper, Implementing Geological Disposal that lists short-term actions planned to develop a deep geological repository for spent fuel and high-level waste in the UK. The previous process, based on voluntarism, foundered in 2013 when the last willing community (in west Cumbria) backed out.

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Not Investing in New Nuclear Power Would Be a Costly Gamble for the UK

Posted: Jul 23, 2014 17:05 CST
The Guardian

"Nuclear power remains, prospectively, one of the cheapest low-carbon technologies and can play an important role as part of a cost-effective portfolio of technologies to de-carbonise the power sector." As the Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, this is something you’d expect me to say, but this is the viewpoint of the Committee on Climate Change in its progress report to Parliament earlier this month.

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Thinking the Unthinkable: Promoting Nuclear Disarmament – Analysis

Posted: Jul 23, 2014 17:03 CST
Eurasia Review

In a barely noticed event, forty bishops, scholars and activists had gathered in the Catholic University of Notre Dame in end-April to explore how the world could eliminate nuclear weapons. University President Rev Jenkins cited Pope John XIII’s message after the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962) that “nuclear weapons are morally tolerable only for the purpose of nuclear deterrence, and even then, only as a step on the way toward progressive disarmament.”

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U.S. Senate Panel Backs Vietnam Nuclear Trade Pact, But Tightens Conditions

Posted: Jul 23, 2014 15:28 CST

A key Senate committee on Tuesday endorsed a U.S. nuclear trade pact with Vietnam, but constrained its length to 30 years and added new requirements for most such future pacts. The joint resolution, offered by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez, passed in a bipartisan voice vote in an afternoon business meeting of the panel. As negotiated by the Obama administration, the new agreement to allow U.S. nuclear technologies, atomic materials and technological know-how to b...


South Africa Budgets for Nuclear

Posted: Jul 23, 2014 15:27 CST
World Nuclear News

South Africa has confirmed its commitment to nuclear power, allocating ZAR850 million ($81 million) – over 10% of its energy ministry's budget – to research and development. This is in addition to the government's continued support for the procurement of 9600 MWe of nuclear power, energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said during her budget speech on 21 July. Joemat-Patterson said that the ZAR850 million would be used to fund further research and development especially with regard to safety....

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Burma May Build Nuclear Reactors for ‘Research’: Minister

Posted: Jul 23, 2014 15:26 CST
The Irrawaddy (originally published Jul 22, 2014)

Burma is preparing to build nuclear reactors for “research purposes,” at some point in the future, according to the country’s minister for science and technology. The state-run New Light of Myanmar reported Tuesday that Minister Ko Ko Oo was asked about Burmese government plans for nuclear research during a session of the Upper House in Naypyidaw on Monday. He responded that the country “might build nuclear reactors for research purposes at an appropriate time,” according to the report.



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