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Chubu Electric Applies with NRA to Build Dry Storage Facility at Hamaoka Nuclear Plant

Posted: Jan 28, 2015 15:35 CST
Mainichi (originally published Jan 27, 2015)

Chubu Electric Power Co. applied with the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) on Jan. 26 for permission to build a dry storage facility for spent nuclear fuel from the No. 4 reactor at its Hamaoka nuclear power plant in Shizuoka Prefecture. The power company wants to build a dry storage facility on the premises of the Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant so that it won't have to store spent nuclear fuel in a fuel pool. If completed, it will be the third such facility at nuclear plants in Japan.

 

Cost Implications of Nuclear Insurance Package are Likely to be Insignificant: Ratan Kumar Sinha

Posted: Jan 28, 2015 15:34 CST
Business Standard (originally published Jan 29, 2015)

Nuclear power capacity addition is expected to get a boost after India and the US arrived at an agreement to operationalize the civil nuclear deal. In an interview with Sanjay Jog, Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Ratan Kumar Sinha spoke on a number of issues.

 

IAEA Nuclear Energy Experts Visits Ghana

Posted: Jan 28, 2015 15:34 CST
Ghana Web

Three International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Nuclear Energy Experts, are on a working visit to Ghana to confer and offer their advice on the adoption of nuclear energy for electricity generation. The experts, met with Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) on Tuesday, to listen to a line-up of presentation and discussions on issues such as the current state of the country’s Nuclear Power Program (NPP) agenda, the past, present and future of sustainable energy security as well as electricity...

 

Seoul, Washington to Hold Disarmament Talks this Week

Posted: Jan 28, 2015 15:33 CST
Yonhap

South Korea and the United States will hold talks on disarmament and nonproliferation later this week, during which they will discuss North Korea's nuclear program and other security issues, Seoul's foreign ministry said Wednesday.

 

Iran’s Overdue ICBM

Posted: Jan 28, 2015 15:32 CST
Arms Control Association (originally published Jan 26, 2015)

2015 has long promised to be a banner year for the government in Tehran, marking the long-predicted first flight-test of an Iranian intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). It now appears increasingly unlikely that this will happen. Of course, an Iranian ICBM test by 2015 has long been an official forecast of the U.S. and Israeli governments, not the one in Tehran. The Islamic Republic of Iran has long denied an interest in even developing an ICBM and has not flight-tested military missile ...

 
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USAF Wants to Dodge Latest Air Defenses with Bomber's New Secret Weapon

Posted: Jan 28, 2015 15:32 CST
IHS Jane’s 360 (originally published Jan 27, 2015)

Maintaining the shroud of secrecy surrounding the US Air Force's (USAF's) new Long-Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B), the general in charge of the USAF's nuclear forces would only tell reporters that advances in air defense technology drove the development of the Long-Range Standoff (LRSO) cruise missile being designed to arm the US bomber fleet. "As we look around the world, air defenses are getting more and more sophisticated as technology improves," said Lieutenant General Stephen Wilson. "We'll...

 

Pakistan Criticizes Obama's Nuclear Deals with India

Posted: Jan 28, 2015 15:30 CST
Radio Free Europe

Pakistan has criticized agreements reached during President Barack Obama’s visit to New Delhi earlier this week, including a January 25 breakthrough on a deadlocked civilian nuclear power deal. The Foreign Ministry in Islamabad said implementing the 2008 civil nuclear deal “for political and economic expediencies would have a detrimental impact,” on the stability of nuclear deterrence in South Asia.

 
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Iran Bill Would Scrap Nuclear Deal over New Sanctions

Posted: Jan 28, 2015 15:29 CST
PennEnergy

Iranian lawmakers have proposed a bill that would scrap a landmark 2013 interim nuclear agreement if new sanctions are imposed. The state-run IRNA news service on Wednesday quoted lawmaker Hossein Naqavi Hosseini as saying that some 80 out of 290 parliamentarians support the bill. It would still need to be put to a debate, then a vote, and then be approved by a constitutional body.

 
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Nunn-Lugar, R.I.P.

Posted: Jan 27, 2015 16:58 CST
Arms Control Wonk

The most important post-Cold War initiative to reduce nuclear dangers undertaken by the United States has come to a quiet, unceremonious end. Cooperative threat reduction programs to secure loose nukes and reduce surplus force structure in the remnants of the former Soviet Union were the crowning achievements of the distinguished legislative careers of Senators Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar. These programs became necessary and possible only when Moscow was a supplicant and when Washington was ge...

 

Indian Nuclear Deals Still Complicated for US Firms despite Claims of Obama-Modi Breakthrough

Posted: Jan 27, 2015 15:39 CST
AP

India and America's declaration of a breakthrough in contentious nuclear energy cooperation has been met with a lukewarm response from industry and analysts. Few expect the potentially lucrative Indian market to suddenly become less complicated for U.S. nuclear companies. President Barack Obama's three-day visit to New Delhi raised hopes for concrete plans to tackle India's fossil fuel dependency and to resolve a four-year standoff over liability that prevented U.S. and Japanese nuclear ener...

 
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U.S. 'Cannot Stop' Russian Nuclear Missiles — Deputy Prime Minister

Posted: Jan 27, 2015 15:38 CST
Moscow Times (originally published Jan 26, 2015)

U.S. missile defense “cannot stop,” Russia's nuclear weapons, a top minister said, in an apparent reversal of Moscow's policy of slamming U.S. anti-ballistic missile capability as a dire threat to Russian security. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees Russia's military-industrial complex, boasted of unspecified breakthroughs in Russian military technology during a talk show on the state-run Rossiya 1 television channel on Sunday night. “We will not disclose those technical det...

 

Sarmat Tests to Begin in 2015

Posted: Jan 27, 2015 15:38 CST
Russian Strategic Forces Blog (originally published Jan 26, 2015)

Deputy Minister of Defense Yuri Borisov, told RSN radio that the Sarmat development program is well on track and the first tests of the missile (pop-up tests from a silo) will take place in 2015. The missile, according to Borisov, will be ready to begin service in 2020, as planned.

 
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Sen. Menendez Alters Course on Iran Sanctions

Posted: Jan 27, 2015 15:37 CST
Defense News

A key US Democrat wants the Senate to delay approval of an Iran sanctions bill he helped write, arguing he now is willing to give Tehran one more chance. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey is the co-author of a measure with Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., that would slap tougher sanctions on Iran if ongoing talks with five Western countries fail to bear fruit by July. The Senate Banking Committee, which has jurisdiction over international sanctions legislation, is slated to mark up the bill on Thursday.

 
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America Has a Very Expensive Plan to Replace Very Old Nukes: Pricey New Missile Could Take the Place of Today’s Minuteman III

Posted: Jan 27, 2015 15:36 CST
Medium

The U.S. Air Force has announced its strategy for replacing America’s Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles—which have stood alert, awaiting Armageddon, for nearly five decades. Making nukes is hard. But squeezing another multi-billion-dollar project into the Air Force’s already bulging budget is perhaps the bigger challenge. According to a Jan. 23 notice on the government’s contracting Website, the Air Force wants to build an entirely new booster stack but keep the existing Min...

 
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Looking Beyond the Interim Deal

Posted: Jan 27, 2015 15:34 CST
Arms Control Association

The negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program have been extended again, removing any remaining doubts that, after 18 months of intense negotiations, the key to obtaining a comprehensive agreement still hinges on finding clever, new technical solutions to bridge the remaining disagreements between the parties.

 

"Exciting Times for Nuclear Power," IAEA Director General Says

Posted: Jan 26, 2015 16:19 CST
IAEA

Nuclear power is enjoying a period of revival worldwide, particularly in Asia, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said in Singapore earlier today. A growing number of countries are considering building nuclear power plants to meet increasing energy needs of their growing economies while decreasing their greenhouse gas emissions, Mr Amano said at Singapore's Energy Market Authority, where he gave a public lecture as part of the agency's Distinguished Visitor Program.

 
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9 Takeaways on US-India Ties After Obama's India Visit

Posted: Jan 26, 2015 16:17 CST
The Diplomat

After arriving in India over the weekend, U.S. President Barack Obama concluded a series of bilateral agreements with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. What follows below is a quick distillation of nine highlights out of the released joint statement, joint strategic vision document, and the visit overall. I’ll likely follow this up shortly with more detailed analysis on at least a couple of these points. I put together a similar summary of the previous U.S.-India bilateral joint statement ...

 

Obama and Modi Announce Nuclear 'Breakthrough' During India Visit

Posted: Jan 26, 2015 15:44 CST
Al Jazeera (originally published Jan 25, 2015)

U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a deal on Sunday aimed at unlocking billions of dollars in nuclear trade, a step that both sides hope will help establish an enduring strategic partnership. The two countries reached an understanding on two issues that, despite a groundbreaking 2006 agreement, had stopped U.S. companies from setting up reactors in India and became one of the major irritants in bilateral ties. "We are committed to moving towards ful...

 
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China Urges India to Take Steps to Satisfy Standards of Nuclear Group

Posted: Jan 26, 2015 15:42 CST
Reuters

China called on India on Monday to take more steps to satisfy the standards of a global organization that controls atomic exports after U.S. President Barack Obama said the United States was in favor of India joining the group. Obama reaffirmed on the weekend during a visit to India the U.S. position that India is ready for membership into the 48-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), according to a U.S.-India joint statement. China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said India's ad...

 
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Iran Lawmakers Drafting Law on Nuclear Enrichment Hike

Posted: Jan 26, 2015 15:40 CST
AFP (originally published Jan 24, 2015)

Iran's parliament has started to draft a law that would allow the country's nuclear scientists to intensify their uranium enrichment, a step that could complicate ongoing talks with world powers. The move, announced Saturday by parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, comes after US lawmakers said they were planning legislation that could place new sanctions on Iran. Hossein Naghavi Hosseini, committee spokesman in Tehran, told the ISNA news agency that draft legislation...

 

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