Nuclear Policy News - Friday, July 9

Jul 9, 2010

 

Nuclear Policy News – July 9, 2010
 
FISSILE MATERIAL
Ahmadinejad says sanctions will not alter nuclear drive
AFP by Susan Njanji
 
Obama says Israel unlikely to surprise US with Iran attack
AFP by Gavin Rabinowitz
 
Turkey still sees chance of Iran nuclear fuel swap deal
Reuters by Adrian Croft
 
Romney Misinformed on Nuclear Pact, Lugar Says
 
EAST ASIA
China, Pakistan agree to cement strategic cooperative partnership
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and top political advisor Jia Qinglin met with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari respectively here on Thursday, and both sides agreed to further step up the bilateral strategic cooperative partnership.
 
N. Korean leadership to blame for icy cross-border ties: minister
South Korea's point man on North Korea blamed the communist state's leadership Thursday for the divided sides' soured relations, accusing it of incompetency on both diplomatic and domestic fronts.
 
UN statement "bodes well" for N.Korea nuclear talks
Reuters by Jack Kim
The U.N. Security Council's likely adoption of a statement on the sinking of a South Korean warship on Friday without blaming the North could shift the focus to nuclear disarmament talks aimed at reining in Pyongyang.
 
MIDDLE EAST
Smugglers in Iraq Blunt Sanctions Against Tehran
New York Times by Sam Dagher
Even as the United States imposes new sanctions on Iran, one of the biggest gaps in the American strategy is on full display here in Iraq, where hundreds of millions of dollars in crude oil and refined products are smuggled over the scenic mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan every year.
 
Regulator gives green light for work on UAE's first nuclear site
The National (U.A.E.) by Matthew Chung
The nuclear regulatory authority has given its approval for preparatory work to begin at the proposed site of the UAE’s first atomic power station.
 
Ahmadinejad says sanctions will not alter nuclear drive
AFP by Susan Njanji
Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that new sanctions slapped on his country would not alter Tehran's nuclear drive, remaining defiant in the face of growing Western pressure.
 
Iran leader says sanctions will not slow atom work
Reuters by Nick Tattersall
The United States, Europe and the United Nations have imposed sanctions on Iran over its disputed nuclear programme. Iran says it wants to generate electricity and rejects Western suspicions it is seeking to build a nuclear bomb.
 
'Iran nuclear program will never stop'
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says 'under no circumstances' will the country give up its rights and stop its peaceful nuclear activities.
 
Obama says Israel unlikely to surprise US with Iran attack
AFP by Gavin Rabinowitz
US President Barack Obama said in an Israeli TV interview broadcast on Thursday it is highly unlikely the Jewish state would surprise Washington with an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.
 
U.S. Ready to Cooperate With Israel on Civilian Nuclear Use, Steinitz Says
Bloomberg by Alisa Odenheimer and Gwen Ackerman
The U.S. is willing to cooperate with Israel on civilian nuclear technology, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said, calling it a major achievement of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Washington visit.
 
Turkey still sees chance of Iran nuclear fuel swap deal
Reuters by Adrian Croft
Turkey still sees a chance of Iran doing a nuclear fuel swap on the basis of an agreement reached with Turkey and Brazil in May, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday.
 
FM says Turkey never implements "wait-see policy"
The Turkish minister of foreign affairs said on Wednesday that Turkey would never implement a "wait and see" policy about the developments taking place around it.
 
Ex-CIA chief: Secrecy after attack on Syrian nuclear plant unjustified
Ha'aretz by Amir Oren
The secrecy surrounding the attack on the nuclear plant in eastern Syria in September 2007 was justified only for the period immediately after the operation, according to the CIA head at the time, Gen. Michael Hayden.
 
Cairo, Amman Increasingly Worried About Iran Nukes
The Jerusalem Post by Yaakov Katz
Egypt and Jordan are growingly concerned with Teheran’s nuclear program, a senior defense official said this week, noting an increase in anti-Iranian rhetoric in both Arab countries.
 
SOUTH/SOUTHEAST ASIA
India, Iran discuss Afghanistan, agree to expand economic ties
Unfazed by the recent sanctions against Tehran, India and Iran Thursday held talks to rejuvenate economic ties and agreed to cooperate closely in stabilising Afghanistan through enhanced counter-terror cooperation.
 
RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE
Alleged Russian Agents Expected to Plead Guilty in Exchange Deal
Many or all of the 10 alleged deep cover Russian agents detained by the United States last month are expected to plead guilty in U.S. federal court today as part of a prisoner exchange agreement with Moscow, the New York Times reported today.
 
Russia Plans Slew of Missile Tests Over Next Decade
The Russian military intends to carry out as many as 12 ballistic missile test launches annually through the next 10 years, RIA Novosti reported yesterday.
 
U.S. NUCLEAR WEAPONS STRATEGY AND POLICY
Massachusetts Politicians Clash on "New START"
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in a Tuesday commentary challenged U.S. President Barack Obama's bid to implement a new nuclear arms control treaty with Russia, prompting a written rebuttal by Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) yesterday.
 
Romney Misinformed on Nuclear Pact, Lugar Says
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney made poorly informed assertions in his argument this week against ratifying the replacement to the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, U.S. Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) said in a statement yesterday
 
Nuclear opponents fight $140 billion total nuclear subsidies in Kerry-Lieberman American Power Act
The Washington Examiner by Karen Hansen
Michael Mariotte, Executive Director for the Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) said today the estimated $140 billion in total for nuclear subsidies in Kerry-Lieberman American Power Act are wrong.
 
Columbia Scientists Prepare for a Threat: A Dirty Bomb
NYT by Lisa W. Foderaro
During World War II, scientists from the Center for Radiological Research in Manhattan toiled on the Manhattan Project…But their work today centers on containing the damage from a much smaller and less sophisticated weapon: the dirty bomb, a crude explosive rigged to spray radioactive material.
 
OPINIONS
Iran and India: A match made in heaven?
The Financial Times by Anjli Raval
Iran’s business leaders arrived in India armed with jewelry boxes, saffron and optimism. They, along with Iranian government officials, are hoping to seal a bilateral trade deal with India that could help double the current trade between the two - which now totals around $15bn a year.
 
Iran bolsters friendships abroad
BBC by Jonathan Marcus
The US and its European allies like to see Iran as an increasingly isolated country; its economy hobbled more and more by economic sanctions and with the pressure growing weekly.
 
The Sanctions Trap
Middle East Online by Jacques Lévesque
Relations between Iran and Russia remain ambiguous. The UN Security Council adopted a US-sponsored resolution imposing new sanctions on Iran on 9 June…The measures will have little concrete effect, but they open the way for unilateral sanctions, being considered by the US and EU. The vote also challenges the partnership between Moscow and Tehran.
 
Sanctions alone won't work on Iran
WP by Charles S. Robb and Charles Wald
When President Obama signed into law tough, new legislative sanctions against Iran last week, he capped a month of new measures against that country's nuclear program. Earlier in June, the Obama administration achieved a new round of U.N. Security Council sanctions, and the European Union declared plans to adopt additional sanctions in July. This activity, the culmination of months of political and diplomatic negotiations, is welcome. Absent a broader and more robust strategy, however, sanctions alone will prove inadequate to halt Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons.