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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 ...

 

Japan's Suga Says Volcanic Eruption Has No Impact on Nuclear Restart

Posted: Sep 29, 2014 15:57 CST
Reuters (originally published Sep 28, 2014)

The deadly eruption of a volcano in Japan over the weekend will not affect the restart of the Sendai nuclear reactor, which is in a separate volcanically active area, the country's top government spokesman said on Monday. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga was asked whether the eruption would require careful assessment of the restart at Sendai, Suga said, "I don't think so."

 
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Japan Renewable Energy Curb Could Spark Nuclear Restart

Posted: Sep 29, 2014 15:56 CST
Financial Times

Two Japanese utilities, responsible for about a fifth of the nation’s power, say they have had their fill of renewable energy, in a move that could add pressure on community leaders to allow idled nuclear reactors back on line. Since the 2011 tsunami led to the meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, Japan has invested heavily in renewables and in solar power in particular. However, Kyushu Electric Power has gone further, saying it would stop processing new applications across its ...

 
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Tokai Reprocessing Plant to Shut

Posted: Sep 29, 2014 15:55 CST
World Nuclear News

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) will shut its reprocessing plant in Tokai, reportedly due to the costs of modifications required under post-Fukushima safety regulations. Following a meeting today of JAEA's reform commission, the agency announced that it will permanently shut down the Tokai facility in Ibaraki prefecture.

 
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New Nuclear Fuel Could Boost Reactors, But Also Safety Worries

Posted: Sep 29, 2014 15:54 CST
MIT Technology Review

Slowing climate change will most likely require a vast expansion of carbon-free nuclear power. But since existing plants often can’t compete with cheap natural gas, and advanced nuclear plant concepts are still decades away, some are looking for ways to boost the power output from existing reactors. Lightbridge, a nuclear engineering company based in Tysons Corner, Virginia, is planning the first tests in a full-scale reactor of new fuel rods that have been engineered to boost power output by...

 
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Reducing Unnecessary Exposure to Radiation in Medicine

Posted: Sep 26, 2014 15:29 CST
IAEA

The use of ionizing radiation is one of the greatest medical discoveries of the last 120 years. Its use has vastly improved our understanding of the body's processes and functions and our ability to diagnose and to cure diseases. Doctor’s use, for example, computed tomography (CT) scans, X-rays and positron emission tomography (PET) scans to help diagnose illnesses as diverse as heart disease and breast cancer. Ionizing radiation is also used to help cure many types of cancers and real-time ...

 

Utilities Should Have Nuclear Waste Storage Facilities as Prerequisite for Reactor Restarts, Panel Says

Posted: Sep 26, 2014 15:28 CST
Kyodo News

Utilities should be responsible for establishing temporary storage facilities for high-level radioactive waste as a prerequisite for restarting their nuclear reactors, according to a panel of experts that advises the government. The Science Council of Japan, which is made up of scientists, proposed in a report released on Thursday that the government start discussions about requiring electric power companies to set up facilities within their regions to store radioactive waste for 30 years. Th...

 

Pakistan Aspires to International Role

Posted: Sep 26, 2014 15:28 CST
World Nuclear News

Pakistan would like to be a full member of export control regimes and to play a part in the international nuclear industry, according to the country's statement to the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) 58th General Conference.

 
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Submarine Proliferation Resource Collection

Posted: Sep 26, 2014 15:27 CST
NTI

Submarine proliferation impacts both regional stability and the ability of states to deliver weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Since the end of the Cold War, the total number of active submarines in the world has fallen, largely as a result of large-scale decommissioning of former Soviet vessels. [1] However, the number of countries operating submarines has increased. This is due largely to ongoing regional tensions in the Middle East, and both South and East Asia, which have driven submarin...

 

NNSA Completes its Critical Radar Arming and Fuzing Test for the W88 ALT 370

Posted: Sep 26, 2014 15:26 CST
NNSA (originally published Sep 25, 2014)

The Critical Radar Arming and Fuzing Test (CRAFT), flown this summer, was designed to test the new joint Air Force and Navy radar in the W88 ALT 370. The CRAFT was the first of several flight tests planned to demonstrate the functional performance of the upgraded weapon system in ballistic missile flight environments. Radar performance was successfully measured during the harsh conditions of hypersonic atmospheric reentry.

 
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U.N. Nuclear Assembly Condemns North Korea Reactor Restart

Posted: Sep 26, 2014 15:26 CST
Reuters

Member states of the U.N. atomic watchdog condemned on Friday North Korea's efforts to develop its nuclear capabilities, including the restart of a reactor which experts say can yield atomic bomb material. North Korea announced in April of last year that it would revive its aged five-megawatt research reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear complex, saying it was seeking a deterrent capacity.

 
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Treaty Event Hosted at 58th IAEA General Conference

Posted: Sep 26, 2014 15:25 CST
IAEA

The yearly IAEA Treaty Event was organized during the 58th IAEA General Conference in order to promote universal adherence to the most important multilateral treaties for which the IAEA Director General is the depositary, notably those relating to nuclear safety and security, as well as to civil liability for nuclear damage. In his welcoming remarks on 22 September 2014, the IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano recalled that the special focus of this year's Treaty Event was the 2005 Amendment t...

 
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North Korea Inching Toward Mobile Long-Range Missile

Posted: Sep 26, 2014 15:25 CST
Bloomberg

North Korea’s military is taking steps to field a road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile that could threaten the U.S., the head of American forces in the Pacific said today. While North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hasn’t yet deployed such a missile, “he’s showing us the signs that he’s trying to get there,” said Admiral Samuel Locklear, who offered new insight into the steps the isolated nation is taking to field its KN-08 missile.

 
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Nuclear Deal with Russia to Stay Secret

Posted: Sep 25, 2014 17:41 CST
Business Day

The nuclear co-operation agreement between South Africa and the Russian Federation signed on Monday will not be made public, says a top government official involved in the negotiations. The government has made it clear it intends to forge ahead with the procurement of 9,600MW of nuclear power, despite public concern over the costs and persistent rumours that a secret deal has been made with the Russians.

 
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Construction Starts on Third Barakah Unit

Posted: Sep 25, 2014 17:39 CST
WNN

The first safety concrete has been poured for the basemat of the containment building of the third reactor at the UAE's Barakah nuclear power plant, marking the official start of the unit's construction.

 
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The Nuclear Weapons States: Who Has Them and How Many

Posted: Sep 25, 2014 15:49 CST
Forbes

Nuclear energy is growing around the world. About 70 new reactors are under construction worldwide (NEI), with more than 600 others planned by mid-century. Five reactors are under construction in the United States. On the other hand, nuclear weapon states have declined slightly in the last twenty-five years (see figure below). Several old players have dropped their nuclear weapons programs or given their weapons back to Russia, including South Africa, Kazakhstan, Belarus and the Ukraine. The ...

 
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The Unaffordable Arsenal

Posted: Sep 25, 2014 15:48 CST
Foreign Policy (originally published Sep 24, 2014)

The Obama administration is embarking on a multibillion-dollar nuclear spending spree. Problem is, none of it is necessary. The U.S. missile strikes against the Islamic State jihadists in Syria and Iraq underscore a growing problem for the Defense Department. New threats are demanding the military's attention around the globe: from the rise of shadowy new terrorist groups in the Middle East to Russia's invasion of Ukraine to the rampant Ebola virus in West Africa. At the same time, the 2011 B...

 

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