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Iran Wanting What Argentina Got Shows Nuclear Market Precedent

Posted: Jul 21, 2014 16:02 CST
Bloomberg (originally published Jul 20, 2014)

War with an industrial power and nuclear technology developed under military rule doesn’t preclude a country from enriching uranium. Just ask Argentina. As world powers reached an impasse with Iran over the Persian Gulf country’s nuclear work, Argentina said it will become just the 11th nation to begin large-scale enrichment of the heavy metal used for industrial, medical and energy applications. It’s been producing enriched uranium on an experimental scale since the 1980s, the government sai...


CB&I Lands $100 Million Contract from Entergy for Reactor Safety Enhancements

Posted: Jul 21, 2014 16:01 CST
Nuclear Street

Fresh on the heels of an expanded partnership with China's state-controlled nuclear enterprise, Chicago Bridge & Iron last week announced $100 million in contracts to help upgrade Entergy nuclear plants in the U.S.

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Iberdrola Adds Impetus to Plan to Generate Power from Nuclear Waste

Posted: Jul 21, 2014 16:00 CST

A plan to generate power from the UK’s nuclear waste has received a boost with the news that Iberdrola has signed a memorandum of understanding with GE Hitachi to participate in the PRISM project. The Spanish utility is to be involved in the building of the 622 MW nuclear plant at Sellafield, which is focused on turning the UK's 100 tonnes of plutonium into a metal fuel, a new source of low carbon energy.


Status of Iran’s Nuclear Program in Relation to the Joint Plan of Action

Posted: Jul 21, 2014 16:00 CST
IAEA (originally published Jul 20, 2014)

As foreshadowed in GOV/2014/2, this report provides information on the status of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s (Iran’s) nuclear program in relation to the “voluntary measures,” that Iran has agreed to undertake as part of the Joint Plan of Action (JPA) agreed between the E3+3 and Iran on 24 November 2013. According to the JPA, the first step would be time-bound (six months) and renewable by mutual consent. The JPA took effect on 20 January 2014.

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Iran Eliminates Sensitive Stockpile under Interim Nuclear Deal: IAEA

Posted: Jul 21, 2014 15:59 CST
Reuters (originally published Jul 20, 2014)

Iran has moved to eliminate its most sensitive stockpile of enriched uranium gas under an interim nuclear deal reached with six world powers last year, according to a monthly update by the U.N. nuclear watchdog obtained by Reuters on Sunday.

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Incertitude of Indian Nuclear Doctrine: BJP’s Stand on the Issue – OPED

Posted: Jul 21, 2014 15:59 CST
Eurasia Review (originally published Jul 18, 2014)

BJP’s recent election manifesto fiasco brought to the fore a startling and alarming revelation. Is our political cohesion so weak, that a mere media misinterpretation can raise a furor over an issue as sensitive as the national nuclear doctrine? Why were top level politicians themselves confused and making contradictory statements about a topic, which should have an explicit level of understanding amongst the political echelon? Or has the significance of the nuclear doctrine depreciated to th...

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Dollars for Fuel Plates: How the Iran Nuclear Talks Were Kept Alive

Posted: Jul 21, 2014 15:58 CST
The Guardian (originally published Jul 19, 2014)

If nuclear negotiations were a World Cup football game, it's 1-1 and they've gone into extra time. It's a score draw because both sides in Vienna have achieved something. Iran has kept all its agreements, freezing most of its nuclear program and dialing back some parts. The US has kept to its side of the bargain, releasing $4.2 billion from Iran's frozen back accounts. They have shown that deals can be done and implemented, which is something after so many years of deadlock.


Nuclear Tube Manufacturer Wins Supply Contract in China

Posted: Jul 18, 2014 17:50 CST

Vallourec announced that its subsidiary, Valinox Nucléaire, won a contract to supply tubes for two Chinese nuclear reactors. The contract is for 750 kilometres (466 miles) of tubes intended for the steam generators at the Fuqing units 5 and 6 operated by Chinese National Nuclear Corp. (CNNC). The contract also allows Valinox Nucléaire to obtain qualification for the 1,100-MW CAP1000 Chinese nuclear reactor design.

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Iran Nuclear Talks: Gaps Remain as Deadline Approaches

Posted: Jul 18, 2014 15:49 CST
The Guardian

Nuclear negotiations with Iran in Vienna stalled in recent weeks following disagreements over limits on Iran's enrichment capacity and how long those limits should last. All sides at the talks are prepared to extend them beyond Sunday's deadline, but an extension faces significant opposition in the US Congress. The proposed extension would last four months, but there is a dispute in Vienna over what the terms of that extension would be. Iran wants more of its assets from oil sales held in wes...


A Generational Shift in the North Korean Nuclear Program?

Posted: Jul 18, 2014 15:48 CST
The Strategist (originally published Jul 17, 2014)

The death last week of General Jon Pyong-ho, aged 88, chief architect of the North Korean nuclear program, raises the tantalizing question, ‘where to from here?’. We’ve become accustomed to a North Korean nuclear program that limps rather than runs. Two factors have constrained the program: a shortage of fissile material and a lack of nuclear testing. Deals cut in the 1990s and at the Six Party Talks (SPT) have also slowed proceedings; twice now the small 5MWe gas graphite reactor (the source...


New Norms Signal Support for Nuclear Plants

Posted: Jul 18, 2014 15:45 CST
China Daily

China's top energy regulator on Thursday announced 164 industry standards, about half of which are related to nuclear power, a signal that the country will support its nuclear sector with new approvals for plants. The National Energy Administration is putting an emphasis on the nuclear industry with detailed standards for upstream and downstream segments such as primary coolant pumps, a keyreactor component, as well as instrument and control systems. Experts said the standards pertain to the...


A Look Ahead

Posted: Jul 18, 2014 15:30 CST

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


Iran, Russia, and the Ukrainian Crisis

Posted: Jul 17, 2014 15:28 CST
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

The Ukrainian crisis poses a threat to cooperation between Russia and the West on many issues of international security and, above all, to the dialogue on Iran’s nuclear program. The dialogue with Iran is led by the P5+1 (the United States, Russia, Britain, France, China and Germany) with the goal of preventing Iran from creating an atomic bomb. In November 2013, thanks to the election of the moderate Hassan Rouhani as President of Iran, these negotiations achieved their first success: an in...


The INF Treaty, Russian Compliance and the U.S. Policy Response

Posted: Jul 17, 2014 15:26 CST
Brookings Institution

The 1987 INF Treaty is a landmark arms control agreement, which banned an entire class of U.S. and Soviet land-based ballistic and cruise missiles. It enhanced U.S. security by prohibiting Soviet missiles, particularly the multiple-warhead SS-20, which threatened U.S. allies in Europe and Asia, while banning the U.S. Pershing II and ground-launched cruise missiles that Moscow feared. Recently, questions have arisen about Russia—a successor state to the Soviet Union—and its compliance with th...


CB&I, CNNC Extend Cooperation

Posted: Jul 17, 2014 14:40 CST
World Nuclear News

US energy infrastructure company, Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I), has increased its cooperation with the Chinese nuclear industry by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC). The agreement will see them cooperate on the development of nuclear power plants. Texas-based CB&I said that the MoU with CNNC includes cooperation in operation and maintenance support services for CNNC's operating nuclear power plants. CNNC currently has nine reactors in o...


No Alternative to Negotiations with Iran

Posted: Jul 17, 2014 14:39 CST
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (originally published Jul 16, 2014)

U.S. President Barak Obama has two major priorities in his Iran policy: he wants to avert an Iranian bomb and avert bombing Iran, and the best way to check both those boxes is a continuation of diplomacy, said Carnegie’s Karim Sadjadpour on the Charlie Rose Show. The real challenge here is finding a document which both the U.S. Congress and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard can agree upon, Sadjapour said, describing such a document as a Venn diagram in which Iranian ideology, American domestic ...

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U.S.-China Nuclear Security Exchanges Hampered by Lingering Suspicions

Posted: Jul 17, 2014 14:39 CST

Years after Washington accused China of nuclear espionage, the subject of resuming laboratory-to-laboratory exchanges among scientists remains a sensitive one. It has been 15 years since a congressional committee accused China of advancing its nuclear weapons program in the 1980s and 1990s by stealing thermonuclear warhead designs from the United States. And 14 years have passed since the FBI's espionage case against former Los Alamos physicist Wen Ho Lee collapsed and he was released from jail.

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Iran, Powers Seek to Agree on Terms for Extending Nuclear Talks: Diplomats

Posted: Jul 17, 2014 14:38 CST
Reuters (originally published Jul 16, 2014)

Iran and six world powers are working to finalize the terms of a likely extension in negotiations over Tehran's nuclear program beyond a July 20 deadline and an announcement may come as early as Friday, Western diplomats said. Officials from both sides have said it appears the talks will not yield a breakthrough by the self-imposed target date after two weeks of efforts failed to bridge gaps in positions over a deal intended to end a decade-long dispute.

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Nuke Proliferation in East Asia Affects International Security

Posted: Jul 17, 2014 14:38 CST
Eurasia Review

The 10th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Security Council Resolution 1540 on April 28, 2014 can be especially propitious for standing back from the perennial present of international security issues and evaluating longer-term trends. The implications of nuclear proliferation for international relations are difficult to predict but profound. First, the spread of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles has had a deep impact on the bipolar system, freezing the most dangerous regional confl...


EPA Reconsidering Radiation Rules for Nuclear Plants

Posted: Jul 16, 2014 16:46 CST
Nuclear Street

The Environmental Protection Agency is in the early stages of revising the federal regulations for radiation safety at nuclear plants originally written in 1977. An advanced notice of proposed rulemaking on the agency's website initiated the public process for updating 40 CFR part 190, “Environmental Radiation Protection Standards for Nuclear Power Operations.” Enforced by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, these apply to both power plants and fuel cycle operations. Under current limits, radi...



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