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NRC OKs Rule for Packaging, Transport of Radioactive Materials

Posted: Apr 20, 2015 15:29 CST
PennEnergy

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved a final rule for the packaging and transporting of radioactive materials. The current transportation rules are based, in part, on standards developed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The final rule makes several changes to improve consistency with IAEA standards and revises a fissile material exemption to further reduce the very low chance that uranium with very low enrichment could inadvertently begin a chain reaction. NR...

 
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World's Largest Nuclear Power Project to Go Ahead - Minister

Posted: Apr 20, 2015 15:28 CST
PennEnergy

The chief minister of India’s Maharashtra state, Devendra Fadnavis, said on Sunday that a planned 9.9 GW nuclear power project in the port of Jaitapur will go ahead despite ongoing protests. "The previous government had started this project and brought it to a certain level. It is now at a stage where one cannot go back. You cannot indulge in national waste,” Fadnavis was quoted as saying. “This project will be completed at any cost now.”

 

Iran: IAEA Convinced about Neutron Transport Issue

Posted: Apr 20, 2015 15:27 CST
FAS Strategic Security Blog

Iranian experts have convinced the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about the issue of the papers published in the country in relation to neutron transport and associated modeling, a spokesman announced on Monday, adding that Tehran will provide the IAEA with only one time access to the Parchin military site. "The AEOI experts convinced them that this (paper) is merely an academic essay and such a paper could be published on any other topic such as enrichment and of course, I think t...

 
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Military Facilities Become Focus of Iran Deal

Posted: Apr 20, 2015 15:27 CST
Foreign Policy (originally published Apr 19, 2015)

The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Sunday he could tolerate a series of concessions by the White House on Tehran’s nuclear program, but a “huge” factor in determining his support for a deal is the degree to which inspectors have access to Iran’s military facilities. But during remarks on Iranian state TV on Sunday, Gen. Hossein Salami, the deputy leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, said submitting to inspections of military sites amounted to “selling out....

 
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The Grand Bargain: What Iran Conceded In the Nuclear Talks

Posted: Apr 20, 2015 15:26 CST
Brookings Institution (originally published Apr 21, 2015)

Since the P5+1 and Iran announced the agreed parameters for a comprehensive settlement of the Iran nuclear issue earlier this month, Washington punditry has obsessed over the fine points of both the joint statement read by EU Foreign Minister Mogherini and Iranian FM Zarif, and the fact sheet released by the Obama administration, to identify concessions made by the United States. Lost in all of the noise is any consideration of what Iran had to give up in order to get a deal and the value of ...

 

Khamenei Says Iran Nuclear Weapons are U.S. 'Myth'

Posted: Apr 20, 2015 15:25 CST
Reuters (originally published Apr 19, 2015)

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told military commanders on Sunday the United States had created the "myth," of nuclear weapons to portray Iran as a threat, hardening his rhetoric before nuclear negotiations resume this week. Khamenei, the highest authority in Iran, has supported the nuclear talks but continues to express deep mistrust of the United States. "They created the myth of nuclear weapons so they could say the Islamic Republic is a source of threat. No, the source of t...

 

Inspectors Need Full Access in Iran Nuclear Deal, Moniz Says

Posted: Apr 20, 2015 15:24 CST
Bloomberg

Nuclear inspectors will need unfettered access in Iran as part of a deal to lift economic sanctions, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said a day after an Iranian general said military sites must be off limits. “We expect to have anywhere, anytime access,” Moniz, a nuclear physicist who participated in six-nation talks, said at a meeting Monday with editors and reporters at Bloomberg’s Washington office. Inspections would be part of “a well-defined process with a well-defined end time for ac...

 
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Iran Still Respecting Terms of Interim Nuclear Deal: U.N. Report

Posted: Apr 20, 2015 15:21 CST
Reuters

Iran has continued to meet its commitments under an interim nuclear agreement with six world powers, a confidential United Nations nuclear agency report seen by Reuters showed on Monday. The monthly update by the International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran was not enriching uranium above a fissile concentration of 5 percent. It also said Iran had not made "any further advances," in its activities at two enrichment facilities and a heavy water reactor under construction.

 
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Xi’s Submarine Sale Raises Indian Ocean Nuclear Clash Risk

Posted: Apr 17, 2015 13:32 CST
Bloomberg (originally published Apr 16, 2015)

Soon a brash naval captain may pose a bigger risk of triggering a nuclear crisis between India and Pakistan than a religious terrorist. China is likely to conclude a sale of eight conventional submarines during President Xi Jinping’s visit to Islamabad on April 20, more than doubling Pakistan’s fleet. Analysts say it may be the first step in helping Pakistan gain the ability to fire nuclear weapons at sea, keeping pace with rival India.

 
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UN's Nuclear Treaty Review Comes Amid Heightened Proliferation Concerns

Posted: Apr 17, 2015 13:31 CST
VOA

Later this month the United Nations hosts an important review conference for the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) - the landmark deal aimed at preventing the spread of nuclear weapons. This year's review is expected to be highly contentious and could test the treaty's viability. The cornerstone treaty of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, which went into force in 1970, is reviewed by its signatories every five years. There is anticipation there may be some drama this time around ...

 

Russian Nuclear Forces, 2015

Posted: Apr 17, 2015 13:30 CST
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Russia is modernizing its strategic and nonstrategic nuclear warheads. It currently has 4,500 nuclear warheads, of which roughly 1,780 strategic warheads are deployed on missiles and at bomber bases. Another 700 strategic warheads are in storage along with roughly 2,000 nonstrategic warheads. Russia deploys an estimated 311 ICBMs that can carry approximately 1,050 warheads. It is in the process of retiring all Soviet-era ICBMs and replacing them with new systems, a project that according to M...

 

Why Stop with Just One Nuclear Deal with Iran?

Posted: Apr 17, 2015 13:30 CST
The Hill (originally published Apr 16, 2015)

We are close to finalizing a deal preventing nuclear weapons in Iran. But let's not stop with just this one agreement. Let's enter into what President Kennedy called a "peace race." There are other steps needed to improve nuclear security in the Middle East and worldwide. It's not well known that Iran, the United States and Israel also have a historic opportunity to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Ban Treaty (CTBT), which bans all nuclear test explosions. Each nation has already signed th...

 

Deployment of US Missile Defense Considered for South Korea

Posted: Apr 17, 2015 13:29 CST
AP (originally published Apr 16, 2015)

China should not be concerned if the U.S. deploys an advanced missile defense system in South Korea to counter the threat from a nuclear North Korea, a U.S. military commander said Thursday. Commander of U.S. forces in Korea, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, told a congressional hearing that if employed, the Theater High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, system would be focused on the defense of the Korean Peninsula and would not have "any influence beyond that." Pacific forces commander Adm. Samuel L...

 
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PACOM House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, Prepared Statement

Posted: Apr 17, 2015 13:28 CST
U.S. Pacific Command (originally published Apr 15, 2015)

The Indo-Asia-Pacific remains one of the most dynamic regions on earth. It is vital to U.S. economic and security interests, and activities in the region will shape much of our nation’s future. The region encompasses 52% of the earth’s surface and is composed of 83% water and 17% land. Over half of the people on the planet reside on that 17% of land, and by the middle of the century, the Indo-Asia-Pacific will potentially contain 70% of the world’s population. This high population density cou...

 
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Negotiations Delay TransCanada’s Bruce Power Nuclear Reactor Updates

Posted: Apr 17, 2015 13:27 CST
Globe and Mail (originally published Apr 16, 2015)

Bruce Power and the Ontario government are mired in negotiations for a $15-billion deal to refurbish six nuclear reactors, delaying the planned project past a self-imposed deadline and posing new questions about the province’s future energy mix. The Liberal government insists it remains committed to refurbishing Ontario’s aging nuclear fleet. However, both sides have signaled they are concerned about potential cost over-runs, and Bruce and its shareholders worry about the province’s schedule,...

 

How WANO & INPO Measure Excellence in Nuclear Operations

Posted: Apr 17, 2015 13:26 CST
NEI Nuclear Notes (originally published Apr 16, 2015)

Achieving one great year of performance for an industry or an individual is noteworthy. Sustaining exemplary performance over a decade or more is the true measure of excellence. The U.S. nuclear energy industry’s long-term performance is documented by the performance indicators monitored by the World Association of Nuclear Operators(WANO) and the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO). Why are these indicators so important?

 
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Providing the Big Picture During a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency

Posted: Apr 17, 2015 13:25 CST
IAEA

For one week in late April, more than 200 experts from 70 countries and five international organizations will gather at IAEA headquarters to discuss the latest trends related to assessment and prognosis in response to a nuclear or radiological emergency. The International Experts Meeting (IEM) on Assessment and Prognosis in Response to a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency will take place from 20 to 24 April. This is the ninth in a series of such meetings organized in the framework of the IAEA ...

 

Why I Like the Iran Deal (Sort Of): The Former Joint Chiefs Chairman Thinks It’s the Only Way to Change the Regime

Posted: Apr 16, 2015 15:45 CST
Politico

The nuclear agreement between the international community and Iran already stands as a remarkable if incomplete achievement. As in all such deals, the devil surely lies in its details and in implementation. I like the phrase “Distrust but Verify.” And yet the real significance of this agreement is broader. If successful, it portends historic opportunities for change, not only in Iran but in the Middle East as a whole.

 
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No Breakthrough between Iran and U.N. Nuclear Watchdog

Posted: Apr 16, 2015 15:44 CST
Reuters

The U.N. nuclear watchdog said it had a "constructive exchange" with Iran this week but there was no sign of a breakthrough on aspects of its nuclear program that the agency says Tehran has failed to fully address. The IAEA on Thursday issued a short statement saying it had technical talks with Iranian officials in Tehran on Wednesday, making no mention of major developments.

 

The IAEA’s Conclusion About Turkey

Posted: Apr 16, 2015 15:44 CST
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Not for the first time, when Barack Obama declared April 2 that the greater Middle East has no real alternative to a nuclear accommodation with Iran, advocates of the “cascade of proliferation” theory warned us that Turkey’s future would be nuclear-armed. In fact, kibitzers on both sides of the Iran divide routinely include Turkey in their quiver of arrows on the basis of a common assumption. Neocons claim that Turkey would “not be far behind” Saudi Arabia in a Middle East nuclear arms race ...

 

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