Nuclear Policy News - Friday, July 2 2010

Jul 2, 2010

 

Nuclear Policy News – July 2, 2010
 
FISSILE MATERIAL
China Could Need Waiver For Pakistani Nuclear Deal, U.S. Says
 
Iran warms it is 'more determined' on nuclear drive
 
Iran: Sanctions do not ban S-300 Russian missiles
Yahoo!News by Albert Aji (AP)
 
Russia Deploys New ICBM
 
Analysis: U.S. pressure on Iran narrows UAE options
Reuters by Alistair Lyon
 
EAST ASIA
Lawmaker opposes reprocessing nuclear fuel
Korea Times by Kim Young-jin
South Korea should not move to recycle its spent nuclear fuel as risks and costs associated with the process are too high, a lawmaker warned Thursday.
 
U.S. urges U.N. to produce significant statement rebuking N. Korea; State Dept.
Yonhap News by Hwang Doo-hyong
The United States Thursday called on the U.N. Security Council to produce a significant statement to condemn North Korea for the sinking of a South Korean warship.
 
China opposes US-ROK exercise
China Daily by Ma Liyao
A top Chinese military official on Thursday objected to the proposed joint military exercise between the United States and the Republic of Korea in the Yellow Sea.
 
China Could Need Waiver For Pakistani Nuclear Deal, U.S. Says
The United States suspects that China would need a waiver from a nuclear export control group to move ahead with the sale of two atomic energy plants to Pakistan.
 
MIDDLE EAST
Obama says new U.S. sanctions on Iran toughest ever
Reuters by Ross Colvin and Steve Holland
President Barack Obama signed into law on Thursday far-reaching new sanctions on Iran that aim to squeeze the Islamic Republic's fuel imports and deepen its international isolation.
 
Iran warms it is 'more determined' on nuclear drive
A defiant Iran said Thursday it has told UN Security Council members that new sanctions will not affect its nuclear program, prompting France to say Tehran was not heading in the right direction.
 
Tehran wants answers on S-300 program
A deal for the Russian delivery of a missile shield to Iran has nothing to do with U.N. Security Council resolutions, Iranian military officials said.
 
U.S.: Didn't kidnap Iranian scientist
Washington didn't kidnap an Iranian scientist from Saudi Arabia who claims he is on the run, a spokesman for the U.S. State Department said.
 
Iran: Sanctions do not ban S-300 Russian missiles
Yahoo!News by Albert Aji (AP)
A senior Iranian official said Thursday that new U.N. sanctions do not ban Russia from delivering sophisticated air defense missiles to Iran as agreed under a 2007 contract, countering the Russian stance.
 
SOUTH/SOUTHEAST ASIA
Reactors will be open for IAEA inspection: Qureshi
Nuclear reactors built under the Pakistan-China civilian nuclear deal will be open for international atomic watchdog inspection, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Thursday.
  
RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE
2 Nuclear Power Plants Approved by Finland
NYT by David Jolly
The Finnish Parliament approved the construction of two nuclear power plants on Thursday, the latest victory for proponents of atomic energy in Europe.
 
Russia Deploys New ICBM
Russia's military has placed its first next-generation RS-24 ICBM on active duty, ITAR-Tass reported yesterday.
 
Sweden fines activists for nuclear plant break-in
A Swedish court has ordered 29 Greenpeace activists to pay fines of up to 17,000 kronor ($2,200) each for breaking into the grounds of a nuclear energy plant.
 
Areva Gets UK Nuclear Waste Storage Facility Contract
WSJ by David Pearson
French nuclear technology company Areva said Friday it is part of a consortium that has received a contract potentially worth GBP250 million by U.K. nuclear energy company Sellafield Ltd. to design and build a nuclear waste facility at Sellafield, England.
 
U.S. NUCLEAR WEAPONS STRATEGY AND POLICY
Nuclear Waste Repository Moving Ahead
The Epoch Times by Nicholas Zifcak
Nuclear waste may be closer to finding a permanent home at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain. As of Tuesday, the multiyear licensing process for the Nevada nuclear waste disposal site will continue moving forward.
 
OPINIONS
Israel may accept arms control, but not strategic suicide
The Daily Star by Emily B. Landau 
The 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference that ran for most of the month of May produced a final document adopted by the member states by consensus…Consensus was achieved, but at a considerable price…Egypt sought to exploit this conference, as it has attempted many times before, as a platform for singling out Israel and forcing it to join the NPT and negotiate a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone in the Middle East. Obama proved vulnerable to this Egyptian political blackmail due to his keen desire to secure a consensus document.
 
Iran Sanctions: Where We Go From Here
WSJ by Stuart E. Eizenstat
The overwhelming international support for the new U.N. Security Council sanctions against Iran represents one of the most tangible successes of the Obama administration's foreign policy. While not mandatory, these new sanctions call upon states to prevent any financial service—including insurance and reinsurance, freezing any assets, and prohibiting new banking relationships—that contributes to Iran's nuclear proliferation program.
 
Anything to declare?
Money may be the weakest point for Iran’s nuclear ayatollahs. America’s Congress has just voted to force banks, insurers, energy firms and others to choose: trade with Iran and you will be barred from business with the United States.
 
Analysis: U.S. pressure on Iran narrows UAE options
Reuters by Alistair Lyon
One UAE member, Abu Dhabi, has a prolonged territorial dispute with Iran, but this has rarely disrupted the hum of Iranian commerce with another emirate, Dubai.