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We Don't Want to See Iran's Full Monty: Why Forcing Tehran to Reveal All about Its Nuclear Past Is Not Only TMI but Totally Unnecessary and Potentially Devastating

Posted: Sep 16, 2014 15:52 CST
Foreign Policy (originally published Sep 15, 2014)

Look, as I have written before, Iran very likely had a covert nuclear weapons program until at least 2003. The 2007 National Intelligence Estimate on Iran's nuclear weapons program describes a "halt," to that "covert," nuclear weapons program, which Iran carried out at something called the Physics Research Center (PHRC), located in the Lavizan neighborhood of Tehran and under the leadership of a fellow named Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. When the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) became interes...

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Nuclear Programs of DPR Korea, Iran Remain ‘Serious Concern’

Posted: Sep 16, 2014 15:50 CST
UN official (originally published Sep 15, 2014)

The nuclear programs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Iran remain matters of serious concern, the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog said today, as he called on both countries to cooperate fully to clear up outstanding issues. The verification of nuclear activities was among the issues highlighted by Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), as he addressed the opening of the Agency’s Board of Governors meeting in Vienna. ...

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NRC Certifies GE-Hitachi Nuclear Reactor Design

Posted: Sep 16, 2014 14:26 CST

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved a rule to certify GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH)’s Economic Simplified Boiling-Water Reactor (ESBWR) design for use in the U.S. The NRC’s certification Sept. 16 means the reactor design meets the commission’s safety requirements. The certification rule notice includes discussion of public comments on a March 2011 proposed rule, as well as information turned in to the NRC after the Fukushima accident in Japan. Staff asked GEH for additiona...


Approval for Next UAE Nuclear Units

Posted: Sep 16, 2014 14:13 CST
World Nuclear News

As regulatory approval is granted for the construction of Barakah units 3 and 4, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has stepped up efforts to develop a skilled Emirati workforce to staff the country's growing nuclear sector. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) board of management approved ENEC's application to build two additional Korean-designed APR1400 pressurized water reactors yesterday. The license permits ENEC to construct the react...

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Decades after Nuclear Test, U.S. Studies Cancer Fallout

Posted: Sep 16, 2014 14:12 CST
Wall Street Journal (originally published Sep 15, 2014)

Nearly 70 years after the U.S. conducted the world's first atomic-bomb test here in the New Mexico desert, federal researchers are slated to visit the state this month to begin studying whether some residents developed cancer due to the blast. As part of the long anticipated project, set to start Sept. 25, investigators with the National Cancer Institute will interview people who lived in the state around the time of the 1945 Trinity test and assess the effects of consuming food, milk and wat...


China Calls for Comprehensive Settlement of Iranian Nuclear Issue

Posted: Sep 16, 2014 14:10 CST

A Chinese envoy called here Monday on all relevant parties to adopt a flexible and pragmatic approach so as to reach a comprehensive settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue in the next phase of negotiations. Wang Min, China's deputy permanent representative to the UN, made the appeal at a Security Council meeting on the latest work of 1737 Committee, which is tasked with monitoring a set of sanctions against Iran established by Resolution 1737 and subsequent Council resolutions.

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Iranian Leader Says Middle East Needs to Become Weapons-Free Zone

Posted: Sep 16, 2014 14:09 CST

The Middle East should become a zone free of weapons of mass destruction and especially nuclear weapons, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has said. “We believe the Middle East must be declared as a WMD-free, and especially a nuclear weapons-free region, and the Islamic Republic of Iran presented the related proposal to the UN many years ago,” the IRNA news agency quoted Rouhani as saying.


Modeling the Threat

Posted: Sep 16, 2014 14:09 CST
Missle Defense Review (originally published Sep 15, 2014)

Even the most ‘in the know’ intelligence analysts would give almost anything for the chance to tour a North Korean ballistic missile launch facility. But thanks to the work of Nathan Hunt and, anyone with an internet connection can take a virtual stroll through one of the most restricted and secretive places on Earth. Using 3-D computer imaging and information gathered from every image publically available, Hunt has virtually reconstructed the North Korea’s Sohae Missile Launch Fa...


IAEA Probe of Iran Nuclear Work Makes Progress

Posted: Sep 15, 2014 19:53 CST
The Wall Street Journal

An investigation into Iran's past nuclear work—which the United Nations atomic watchdog has been pursuing for more than a decade—is still making slow headway, the agency's head said Monday. However, Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, signaled that if Iran fully cooperates with the Vienna-based organization, the investigation could be wrapped up within a year.

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China’s WMD Cooperation with Pakistan Looms over Xi-Modi Talks

Posted: Sep 15, 2014 16:14 CST

The visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to India and his meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this week has elicited considerable positive interest in both countries. It has the potential to recast the uneasy Asian strategic framework, and by extension the relations of emerging global powers that are currently clouded by acrimony and mutual mistrust.

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North Korea Developing Vertical Launching System for SLBMs – Reports

Posted: Sep 15, 2014 16:13 CST
RIA Novosti

North Korea could be developing a new vertical launching system for submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM), a South Korean Defense Ministry official said Monday. “Based on recent US and South Korean intelligence, we have detected signs of North Korea developing a vertical missile launch tube for submarines,” the official was quoted as saying by Agence France-Presse.

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Extended Nuclear Deterrence or Disarmament: You Choose

Posted: Sep 15, 2014 16:11 CST
The National Interest

Neither nuclear disarmament, nor nuclear reductions are likely to come about anytime soon. As Rod Lyon recently discussed in a previous post, the role of America’s nuclear arsenal in international security issues is actually increasing. This trend has already been apparent in the Asia-Pacific for some years regarding U.S. security assurances to Japan and South Korea, but nuclear strategy and U.S. extended deterrence have now also made a comeback with European allies. This begs a crucial quest...

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China Passes Construction Milestones

Posted: Sep 15, 2014 16:11 CST
World Nuclear News

The reactor pressure vessel has been installed in the second AP1000 unit under construction at the Haiyang nuclear power plant. Meanwhile, first concrete has been poured for the foundation of the conventional island for the HTR-PM at Shidaowan.

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China President Xi's India Visit: Nuclear Power Cooperation May Come up during Jinping's Tour

Posted: Sep 15, 2014 16:10 CST
Economic Times (originally published Sep 14, 2014)

Nuclear cooperation may be discussed during President Xi Jinping's visit to India next week with China looking to become a world leader in atomic power by 2020. Under an ambitious scheme to be finalized by April, China aims to become a world leader in nuclear power by 2020, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post quoted China's National Energy Administration director Wu Xinxiong as saying.


Canberra Buries Its Nuclear Angst about Delhi

Posted: Sep 12, 2014 15:26 CST
Japan Times (originally published Sep 11, 2014)

Burying their past differences, Australia and India opened a new chapter in bilateral ties when, during Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s visit to India, the two nations signed the long-awaited agreement on civil nuclear cooperation that entitles India to buy uranium from Australia, after years of negotiation. Although the safeguards pact took almost two years to finalize, the change of policy by Canberra has been a remarkable development and needs to be recognized as such.

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South Africa Plans for Sustainability

Posted: Sep 12, 2014 15:26 CST
World Nuclear News

Plans for nuclear power figure heavily in South African energy policy - and the country aims to ensure long-term security of supply by developing its own fuel cycle capabilities. Speaking at the World Nuclear Association's 2014 Annual Symposium on 11 September, Phumzile Tshelane, CEO of the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA), outlined the country's nuclear economy and the nuclear policies supporting it.

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Myths and Realities: Iranian ICBMs?

Posted: Sep 12, 2014 15:25 CST
Arms Control Now (originally published Sep 11, 2014)

The Iranian nuclear program is a source for international concern. The concern genuinely stems from the suspicion that the Iranian nuclear program might not be exclusively peaceful. Consequently, the United States and its P5+1 partners (China, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom) have engaged in diplomatic talks to ensure Tehran’s nuclear program is exclusively peaceful.


Russia Says Dissatisfied with U.S. Talks over Arms Treaty Concerns

Posted: Sep 12, 2014 15:24 CST
Reuters (originally published Sep 11, 2014)

Russia said on Thursday it was dissatisfied with talks held with U.S. officials to address concerns that Moscow had violated a Cold War-era arms control agreement by testing a ground-launched cruise missile. Relations between the two countries are at their lowest since the Cold War because of Russia's role in the crisis in Ukraine, and both Moscow and Washington question the other's commitment to the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty.

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Russia Announces Plans to Upgrade Nuclear, Air Defense Forces

Posted: Sep 11, 2014 15:25 CST
Defense News (originally published Sep 10, 2014)

Russia will respond to the United States' "prompt global strike," program designed to take out targets within an hour by upgrading its nuclear and space defense forces, its deputy prime minister said Wednesday. "Our response to the prompt global strike strategy is upgrading our strategic nuclear forces and resources — the strategic rocket forces and the naval ones — and also developing air and space defense resources according to the plans we have finalized," Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogo...

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NSW Uranium Mines Given Green Light

Posted: Sep 11, 2014 15:24 CST
The West Australian

The NSW government has foreshadowed uranium mining in the state after inviting companies to apply for exploration licenses. Minister for Resources and Energy Anthony Roberts told question time in NSW parliament on Thursday that while the uranium mining ban still stands, there were benefits to be gained from probing the soil. "The NSW ban on uranium remains in place; however, it makes perfect sense for NSW to have a look at what resources we have in this state," he said. Mining for uranium in ...



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