Nuclear Policy News - Friday, July 16

Jul 16, 2010

 

Nuclear Policy News – July 16, 2010
 
FISSILE MATERIAL
N.Korea tests US 'strategic' patience
AFP by Shaun Tandon
 
Poll: Most Americans would back Israel attack on Iran
Ha'aretz by Shlomo Shamir
 
Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador and Nicaragua Announce Support for Iran's Nuclear Program
Pravda by Renata Giraldi
 
Biggest Names in Music Urge Fans to See New Film Countdown to Zero and Join the Movement to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons and Ratify New START Treaty
 
Nuclear Weapons Laboratories Say `Fiscal Realities' Weigh on U.S. Arsenal
Bloomberg by Viola Gienger

EAST ASIA
North Korea Meets With U.N. Command, Calls For New Ship Probe
North Korean military officers met with representatives from the U.N. Command today to discuss the March sinking of a South Korean naval vessel and reaffirmed a demand to carry out a new probe into the incident, the Associated Press reported.
 
U.S. ready to talk to N.Korea in right circumstances
The United States said on Thursday it wanted North Korea to give up "its provocative ways" and show some commitment to abandoning its nuclear programs before resuming diplomatic talks with Pyongyang.
 
N.Korea tests US 'strategic' patience
AFP by Shaun Tandon
With North Korea thumbing its nose at the response to the sinking of a warship, the United States is left wondering how long to keep up its policy of studied coolness toward the communist state.
 
Japan's Atomic Trade Ambitions Prompt Concerns
Japan is struggling to reconcile its longtime identity as a nuclear proliferation opponent with calls to exploit the rising demand for nuclear technology across Asia and the Middle East, The Australian reported today.
 
ASEAN Opts For Nuclear Power
Forbes by Ernest Bower
As the demand for energy by members rises and multiple states are willing to supply the technology, nuclear energy seems like the logical next step.
 
Japan, France agree to cooperate on safe nuke technologies
Japan and France agreed here Friday to work together on developing high-level safe nuclear technologies.
 
MIDDLE EAST
Despite diplomatic tensions, U.S.-Israeli security ties strengthen
Washington Post by Glenn Kessler
This week, Israel successfully conducted a test of a new mobile missile-defense system designed to shield Israeli towns from small rockets launched from the Gaza Strip. When the "Iron Dome" system is fully deployed in the next year, about half the cost -- $205 million -- will be borne by U.S. taxpayers under a plan advanced by the Obama administration and broadly supported in Congress.
 
Poll: Most Americans would back Israel attack on Iran
Ha'aretz by Shlomo Shamir
More than half of Americans would support Israel taking military action against Iran, according to a poll released on Wednesday.
 
Israel's nuclear program implicated in U.S. investigation
Ha'aretz by Yossi Melman
Israel's nuclear program has been implicated in an investigation conducted in the United States by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), according to a report published on Wednesday by the researchers of the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS).
 
A Quiet Axis Forms Against Iran in the Middle East
Der Spiegel by Alexander Smoltczyk and Bernhard Zand
Israel and the Arab states near the Persian Gulf recognize a common threat: the regime in Tehran. A regional diplomat has not even ruled out support by the Arab states for a military strike to end Iran's nuclear ambitions.
 
U.S. Says Scientist Aided C.I.A. While Still in Iran
NY Times by David Sanger and Mark Mazzetti
The Iranian scientist who American officials say defected to the United States, only to return to Tehran on Thursday, had been an informant for the Central Intelligence Agency inside Iran for several years, providing information about the country’s nuclear program, according to United States officials.
 
Iran denies that returned citizen is nuclear scientist
LA Times by Borzou Daragahi
The Iranian at the center of a murky intelligence caper — stretching from the deserts of Saudi Arabia to the strip malls of Tucson to the diplomatic outposts of Washington and back to Tehran — is a simple researcher with no special knowledge of his country's nuclear program, an Iranian official declared Thursday.
 
Iranian Threat Risking to Overwhelm Gulf US Missile Systems
The Media Line by Arieh O'Sullivan
The United States missile defense systems protecting American forces in four major Gulf States is inadequate and “vastly outnumbered” to deal with the looming Iranian threat, a key American missile advocate has warned.
 
Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador and Nicaragua Announce Support for Iran's Nuclear Program
Pravda by Renata Giraldi
Amid the sanctions imposed by the west, the government of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today that they have received support from representatives of Member States of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA). The official news agency of Iran, IRNA, reported that Iran was referred to in a statement supported by ambassadors and heads of that block of states.
 
Iran ready for nuclear fuel swap talks
Jerusalem Post by Bloomberg
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Thursday said that talks between his country and the world powers on a plan to supply fuel for a Teheran nuclear reactor should start around late September.
 
Banks loosen up on US sanction on Iran
The Korea Times by Cho Jin-seo
Korean banks on Thursday decided to allow trading firms to conclude their financial transactions with Iran for outstanding deals that predate July 8.
 
Egypt to have 4 nuclear power plants by 2025
Egypt has decided to build four nuclear power plants by 2025, Egypt's Minister of Electricity and Energy Hassan Younes said.
 
Syrian nuke problem a concern, U.S. says
Washington is convinced that Syria is working with the North Korean government to get around nuclear inspectors, U.S. nuclear regulators said.
 
SOUTH/SOUTHEAST ASIA
Pakistan-India Talks Seen to Make Progress
Hopes have grown for progress in restarting the peace process between South Asian rivals India and Pakistan as talks between their top diplomats went longer than scheduled and officials from both sides said to expect good news, the Hindustan Times reported.
 
RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE
Ashton Seeks to Revive EU Role in Iran Nuclear Talks
World Politics Review by Johan Bergenäs
The European Union's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, and Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, are currently involved in a diplomatic dance over resuming talks on Tehran's nuclear program.
 
Russia calls for Iranian courage on nuke program
Russia's president urged Iran on Thursday to find the courage to cooperate with the international community over its disputed nuclear program.
 
MULTILATERAL ARMS CONTROL AND NONPROLIFERATION
Firms Reprimanded for Restricted Nuclear-Related Exports
The United States reprimanded a Belgian defense manufacturer and a California-based affiliate earlier this year for seeking to send equipment relevant in missile and nuclear weapons development to India and Israel, the Institute for Science and International Security reported yesterday.
 
Biggest Names in Music Urge Fans to See New Film Countdown to Zero and Join the Movement to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons and Ratify New START Treaty
Many of the biggest names in the music industry have joined the campaign to urge fans to see the new Lawrence Bender produced film Countdown to Zero when it hits theaters July 23rd and to join the Global Zero movement to eliminate all nuclear weapons.
 
U.S. NUCLEAR WEAPONS STRATEGY AND POLICY
Nuclear Weapons Laboratories Say `Fiscal Realities' Weigh on U.S. Arsenal
Bloomberg by Viola Gienger
Directors of the three U.S. nuclear weapons laboratories said today they are worried the nation’s fiscal troubles and a lack of political consensus may threaten their ability to maintain the stockpile of warheads.
 
OPINIONS
Asharq Al-Awsat Talks to US Envoy to the IAEA Glyn Davies
Asharq al-Awsat by Manal Lutfi
Davies urged Iran to focus on discussing the fundamental issues placed on the negotiations table between Tehran and the 5+1 countries instead of focusing on "the shape of the table and who is sitting around it." … The US ambassador stressed that the US is seeking to achieve "a long-term solution" with Iran vis-à-vis the international concern over its nuclear program.
 
The Sanctions Debate Heats Up in Iran
Asharq al-Awsat by Amir Taheri
As Iran braces itself for coping with a new set of sanctions an unofficial debate on their possible effects is revealing deep divisions within the Islamic Republic.
 
Iran, Israel take their tussle to Africa
The Citizen (Tanzania) by David Lewis (Reuters)
Arch foes Iran and Israel have taken their diplomatic rivalry to Africa, courting the continent with everything from trade to security ties in their search for support in the United Nations. Both nations are sending politicians and business leaders across the continent to forge or revive contacts, clinching a string of deals ranging from arms and agriculture to promises of dams, oil and protection.
 
U.S.-Japan alliance a cornerstone in a complex world
Asahi Shimbun by Michele Flournoy
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security, we should all take a moment to appreciate the critical contributions the alliance has made to the international community.