Nuclear Policy News - July 1, 2010

Jul 1, 2010

 

  Nuclear Policy News – July 1, 2010
 
FISSILE MATERIAL
Iran Arms Syria With Radar
WSJ by Charles Levinson
 
Dubai admits nuclear material being shipped through its ports
The Daily Telegraph by Richard Spencer
 
Assad backs Brazil-Turkey plan to solve Iran nuclear row
 
Pakistan needs nuclear deterrence, says US
DAWN News Agency by Anwar Iqbal
 
Lawmakers Demand Better Nuclear Cost Tracking
 
EAST ASIA
China welcomes Gates visit at appropriate time
Washington Post by Scott McDonald (AP)
China said Thursday that U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is welcome to visit at an appropriate time, just weeks after it rejected a proposed trip by him.
 
N. Korea seeks joint probe on ship’s sinking
The Boston Globe by Associated Press
North Korea, which has vehemently denied accusations that it sank a South Korean warship, is calling for a joint investigation by both Koreas “to verify objectively the truth of the incident.”

MIDDLE EAST
Iran Arms Syria With Radar
WSJ by Charles Levinson
Iran has sent Syria a sophisticated radar system that could threaten Israel's ability to launch a surprise attack against Iran's nuclear facilities, say Israeli and U.S. officials, extending an alliance aimed at undermining Israel's military dominance in the region.
 
Obama to sign Iran sanctions bill on Thursday
Washington Post by The Associated Press
President Barack Obama will sign legislation Thursday imposing tough new sanctions against Iran as further punishment for the country's unwillingness to give up its ambitions of becoming a nuclear power.
Nuclear watchdog still hopeful of a deal between Tehran and the West
LA Times by Borzou Daragahi
The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, flatly stated in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times that a once much-touted deal between Iran and the international community on Tehran's nuclear program wasn't going to happen without big changes.
 
Dubai admits nuclear material being shipped through its ports
The Daily Telegraph by Richard Spencer
Officials have accepted for the first time that the country is being used as a transit point for smuggling both money and illegal goods. The admission comes as part of a drive to crack down on underground trade ties with Iran.
 
Iran's nuclear smugglers raided
The Daily Telegraph by Richard Spencer
Shipments of illegal nuclear and weapons-building material have been intercepted in Dubai and other ports in the United Arab Emirates, local authorities have admitted.
 
Iran's first nuclear power plant to run in September: atomic chief
Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali-Akbar Salehi said Wednesday that the country's first nuclear power plant will run in September, the local ISNA news agency reported.
Assad backs Brazil-Turkey plan to solve Iran nuclear row
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad voiced support Wednesday for the efforts of Brazil and Turkey to broker a diplomatic solution to the international tensions over Iran's nuclear programme.
 
Doosan Heavy Wins $3.9 Billion Order to Provide Nuclear Reactor for U.A.E.
Bloomberg by Seonjin Cha
Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co., South Korea’s biggest power-equipment maker, signed a record $3.9 billion contract to provide nuclear reactors in the United Arab Emirates, the company said in a statement. Shares rose to their highest in two months.
 
Senior U.S. Lawmaker Unsure Sanctions Will Deter Iran’s Nuclear Plans
GSN by Martin Matishak
The chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee yesterday said he is unsure whether a recent wave of economic sanctions would ultimately succeed in stemming Iran's nuclear ambitions.
 
Iran warns EU of "dire consequences" over sanctions
Reuters by Louis Charbonneau
Iran has warned European Union states of "dire consequences" because of their decision to impose tighter sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear program.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST ASIA
Pakistan needs nuclear deterrence, says US
DAWN News Agency by Anwar Iqbal
A person no less than the US military chief has conceded that Pakistan’s nuclear programme is different from those of Iran and North Korea because it makes ‘extraordinary efforts’ to protect its nuclear weapons while there’s no reason to trust those two countries.
 
RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE
Russia floats barge for waterborne nuclear plant
Reuters by Denis Pinchuk
Russia on Wednesday took a big step toward the controversial creation of the world's first floating nuclear power station, putting a barge that will house the plant into the water.
Environmentalists say Russia's plan to dot its northern coastline with floating nuclear power plants is risky.
 
MULTILATERAL ARMS CONTROL AND NONPROLIFERATION
Top U.N. nuclear watchdog inspector resigns
Reuters by Sylvia Westall
The U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Thursday its top investigator Olli Heinonen, head of probes into Iran and Syria, will leave his position for personal reasons after nearly 30 years at the Vienna-based agency.
 
U.S. NUCLEAR WEAPONS STRATEGY AND POLICY
NRC Judges Block Withdrawal of Yucca Site Request
The U.S. Energy Department cannot cancel a request it made prior to the Obama administration to establish a nuclear waste storage facility at Nevada's Yucca Mountain, Nuclear Regulatory Commission judges ruled yesterday.
Lawmakers Demand Better Nuclear Cost Tracking
U.S. lawmakers have demanded closer monitoring of U.S. nuclear weapons expenditures as they mull the Obama administration's request for a 10 percent spending boost for the nation's nuclear complex, the Albuquerque Journal reported yesterday

OPINIONS
US aid fuels dangerous deal in Pakistan
The Boston Globe by Selig S. Harrison
With one hand, Pakistan scoops up its multiplying millions in US aid. With the other, it buys nuclear reactors from China that will give it the capability to add 24 nuclear weapons per year to its estimated existing arsenal of 70 to 90.
 
Tale of two nuclear whistleblowers
The Korea Times by David Krieger
Reliable sources have revealed that as a result of a secret trial, Iranian nuclear whistleblower Amid Nasri has been sentenced to 18 years in solitary confinement.