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ISIS Will Be in Position to Get Nuclear Weapons If Allowed to Consolidate Power, Resources, Says Expert

Posted: Oct 1, 2014 15:25 CST
New York Daily News (originally published Sep 30, 2014)

The risk of a terrorist attack using nuclear or chemical weapons has just gone up. ISIS is willing to kill large numbers of innocents, and it has added three capabilities that catapult the threat beyond anything seen before: control of large, urban territories, huge amounts of cash, and a global network of recruits. Its seizure of banks and oil fields gave it more than $2 billion in assets. If ISIS could make the right connection to corrupt officials in Russia or Pakistan, the group might be ...

 

The Strange but True Reason the U.S. Isn’t Destroying Its Old Nukes

Posted: Oct 1, 2014 15:24 CST
Defense One

Why is the US falling behind on its promises to destroy old nuclear weapons? Here’s one reason given to government auditors: For potential use in planetary defense against earthbound asteroids. That’s right, the US isn’t dismantling its old nuclear weapons, because we might need them to destroy an asteroid hurtling toward earth.

 
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North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station: Major Upgrade Program Completed; Facility Operational Again

Posted: Oct 1, 2014 15:23 CST
38 North

Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea has completed a major construction program begun in late 2013 to upgrade the Sohae Satellite Launching Station. A key component of that program has been to upgrade an existing launch pad, enabling it to launch rockets larger than the existing Unha-3 space launch vehicle in the future. Recent imagery also indicates that Pyongyang conducted another engine test in early August of the rocket motor used in the KN-08 road-mobile interco...

 
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U.S. Favors India's Entry into Elite Nuclear Clubs

Posted: Oct 1, 2014 15:22 CST
Deccan Chronicle

The U.S. on Tuesday broad-based its strategic ties with India by pledging to back New Delhi's entry into elite nuclear clubs and as a permanent member of the reformed UN Security Council. In a joint statement issued at the end of the five-day visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the US and after his summit meeting with President Barack Obama, the two countries decided to cooperate in combating terrorism.

 
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FPI Bulletin: Defiance and Desperation in Iran Nuclear Talks

Posted: Oct 1, 2014 15:21 CST
Foreign Policy Initiative (originally published Sep 30, 2014)

The latest round of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program was marked by Iranian defiance and Western desperation to reach a deal. Tehran’s goal in these talks has long been clear—to simultaneously break free from international sanctions while retaining the capability to break out as a nuclear weapons power on short notice. Western negotiators are working to determine just how short that notice must be—with the reported goal of lengthening Iran’s breakout time from less than three months ...

 

Idrissov Calls for More Action, Promotes Declaration for Nuclear Weapon Free World at Nuclear Weapons Elimination Meeting

Posted: Oct 1, 2014 15:21 CST
The Astana Times (originally published Sep 30, 2014)

Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov addressed a ministerial meeting marking the first International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons in New York on Sept. 26, cautioning that accelerating weapons development threatens global security and calling on nuclear powers to take further steps toward disarmament. “This meeting takes place at a time when nuclear weapon development and modernization are accelerating at an unprecedented pace and threaten to erode global security,...

 

South Africa to Sign More Pacts before Nuclear Partner Bids

Posted: Oct 1, 2014 15:20 CST
Bloomberg

South Africa said it plans to sign framework agreements with more countries before it decides on how to procure as many as 9,600 megawatts of nuclear energy. Russia’s state-owned Rosatom Corp. and the Department of Energy announced a partnership on Sept. 22, saying they had reached an accord that laid the foundation for ordering as many as eight Russian VVER pressurized-water reactors. South Africa will sign a framework with France this month, and plans accords with China and Japan, Wolsey Ba...

 

Inter-Agency Group to Address Indo-US Nuke Trade Issues

Posted: Oct 1, 2014 15:19 CST
Zee News

Resolving to take forward the landmark civil nuclear deal, India and the US Wednesday decided to set up an inter-agency contact group to address liability and technical issues hindering installation of American-origin nuclear reactors in India. From the Indian side, the inter-agency contact group will have representatives from Department of Atomic Energy, Ministry of External Affairs and Finance Ministry.

 
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Goodbye USEC, Hello Centrus

Posted: Oct 1, 2014 15:19 CST
Nuclear Engineering International

The successor to USEC has emerged from bankruptcy protection with a new name: Centrus Energy Corp (New York Stock Exchange ticker name: LEU). "With this restructuring, we have accomplished a great deal," said John Welch, president and chief executive officer of Centrus. "We have dramatically improved our capital structure by replacing $530 million in debt due this October and $114 million in preferred stock with new debt and new common stock..."

 
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The Difficulties of Nuclear Containment

Posted: Sep 30, 2014 15:37 CST
New York Times

In December 1945, four months after atomic bombs brought an end to World War II, the United States Army published a secret report on security surrounding the Manhattan Project, the vast government effort that developed them. Finally declassified last month by the Department of Energy, the report concludes that the project was “more drastically guarded than any other highly secret war development.”

 

U.S. Nuclear Concerns Sidelined by Plutonium Plans

Posted: Sep 30, 2014 15:36 CST
Bloomberg (originally published Sep 29, 2014)

U.S. concern over the long-term proliferation risk of nuclear waste isn’t stopping countries from planning to extract plutonium from radioactive refuse to power a new generation of atomic reactors. French, Japanese, Russian and South Korean officials lined up against their American counterparts this month at the International Atomic Energy Agency, where two weeks of meetings on waste, proliferation and energy ended today in Vienna. “We’ve made it pretty clear that we are not interested or sup...

 
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Congress Pushes Nuclear Expansion Despite Accidents at Weapons Lab

Posted: Sep 30, 2014 15:34 CST
The Guardian (originally published Sep 29, 2014)

This month, the Department of Energy released its initial findings into one of the worst American nuclear accidents since the end of the cold war. On February 14, a 52-gallon drum containing radioactive waste from nuclear weapons production exploded at a storage facility near Carlsbad, New Mexico, exposing 22 workers to radioactivity and leading to the closure of the facility. In its preliminary briefing, the DOE recommended a 7,000-point checklist that must be met in order to reopen the faci...

 

Gary Samore: The Future of the Iran Nuclear Negotiations

Posted: Sep 30, 2014 15:33 CST
IISS (originally published Sep 29, 2014)

Earlier this month I gave a talk at the IISS Global Strategic Review in Oslo, focusing on the status of the P5+1 negotiations with Iran and in particular the prospects for completing a comprehensive agreement by the deadline of November 24. Since then I've spent some days in New York for events around the UN General Assembly opening. My conversations there confirmed my fairly pessimistic prognosis for a November deal, so what I said in Oslo still looks right to me.

 

Kazakhstan and the Global Nuclear Order

Posted: Sep 30, 2014 15:27 CST
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (originally published Sep 29, 2014)

Kazakhstan’s role in the global nuclear order is far from minor. Blessed with abundant uranium resources, it is the world’s largest uranium producer. Kazakhstan’s nuclear sector made a major comeback after facing collapse in the early 1990s when the Soviet Union disintegrated. The state-owned company Kazatomprom has been gradually pursuing an advanced nuclear fuel cycle, including the capacity to produce nuclear fuel. Further, Kazakhstan is the only country in Central Asia that has made a fir...

 

Loan Guarantee Solicitation for Advanced Nuclear

Posted: Sep 30, 2014 15:27 CST
World Nuclear News

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has announced a significant step to help meet America's future low-carbon goals with the release by its Loan Programs Office (LPO) of a draft $12.6 billion loan guarantee solicitation for advanced nuclear energy projects. "If you want to fight climate change, nuclear power has to play a role. This solicitation can help build new nuclear power plants with enhanced safety features and zero emissions. That's a win for the climate, our energy mix, and American in...

 

Core Catcher for Akkuyu

Posted: Sep 30, 2014 15:26 CST
World Nuclear News

Russia has designed an advanced core melt trap, or core catcher, for the Akkuyu nuclear power plant that is specific to conditions in Turkey, Atomenergoproekt (AEP), the principal designer for the project, said today. A core catcher is a device provided to catch the molten core material - corium - of a reactor in case of a meltdown and prevent it from escaping the containment building. The core catcher for the Akkuyu project has features that include greater seismic robustness and easier inst...

 

Atomic Energy Agency Opens Nuclear Safety Research Facility

Posted: Sep 29, 2014 16:02 CST
The Jakarta Post

The National Atomic Energy Agency (Batan) officially opened its Center for Security Culture and Assessment (CSCA) research facility in Serpong, Banten, on Monday. Batan chairman Djarot S. Wisnubroto described the new research facility as a place for researchers to study in depth the culture of nuclear security, stating that handling fragile facilities such as nuclear reactors required strict discipline.

 

Russia's Lavrov Says Time Has Come to Upgrade Nuclear, Conventional Arms

Posted: Sep 29, 2014 16:02 CST
Reuters (originally published Sep 28, 2014)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted on Sunday as saying that the time had come for his country to modernize its nuclear and conventional arsenals. "I don’t think we are on the verge of a new arms race. At least, Russia definitely won't be part of it. In our case, it's just that the time has come for us to modernize our nuclear and conventional arsenals," Lavrov said, according to a transcript of an interview with Russia Today television published on its website.

 
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Pakistan Tests Nuclear-Capable Missile

Posted: Sep 29, 2014 16:01 CST
Al-Defaiya

Pakistan has successfully tested the Hatf IX (NASR) short range surface-to-surface missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads, Pakistani Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) service announced Friday. “The test fire was conducted with successive launches of 4 x Missiles from a state of the art Multi Tube Launcher with Salvo Mode. NASR, with a range of 60 km [37 miles] and in-flight maneuver capability is a quick response system, with shoot and scoot attributes. It contributes to the full s...

 

North Korea Says Nuclear Program Isn't 'Bargaining Chip'

Posted: Sep 29, 2014 16:00 CST
Wall Street Journal (originally published Sep 27, 2014)

North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong said Saturday a reduction in tensions on the Korean peninsula is important but warned his government doesn't see its nuclear program as a "bargaining chip." "The nuclear deterrent of the DPRK is not intended to threaten or attack others, neither is it a bargaining chip to be exchanged for something else," he said, using the acronym by which North Korea refers to itself. "The nuclear issue will be resolved if and when the threat to our sovereignty and ...

 

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