Nuclear Policy News - July 29, 2013

Jul 29, 2013

TOP NEWS 

South Korea urges Kim to end nuclear bid; North marks ‘victory’
 
US senators lament lack of progress on India-US nuclear deal
 
Russia begins inspection flights over United States
 
White House-Congress divide on Iran nuclear sanctions widens
 
STRATCOM chief to check morale at missile bases
 
EAST ASIA
 
S. Korea, U.S. to discuss OPCON transition in high-level
Meeting
 
Senior South Korean and U.S. military officials will meet this week for a high-level defense meeting in Seoul, the defense ministry said Monday, which is widely expected to address another delay in Washington's planned transition of wartime operational control (OPCON) to Seoul.
 
South Korea pledges millions in aid for North
 
South Korea announced $7.3 million worth of humanitarian aid for North Korea on Sunday, a conciliatory gesture that coincided with a call by the South for “one last round” of talks on restarting a jointly operated industrial complex.
 
South Korea urges Kim to end nuclear bid; North marks ‘victory’
 
South Korea repeated its call for North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons as Kim Jong Un’s regime displayed its military might in a parade marking the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War.
 
North Korea prepared to resume talks with US and South Korea
 
North Korea is prepared to resume talks with the United States and South Korea, Head of Institute of the Far East of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Academician Mikhail Titarenko told Itar-Tass on Monday. He was participating in a conference organized in Pyongyang by the Institute of International Relations and the Institute of Peace and Disarmament under North Korean Foreign Ministry.
 
MIDDLE EAST
 
Iran President chooses new nuclear chief negotiator
 
Iranian President-elect Hassan Rohani has chosen a new nuclear chief negotiator to represent Iran at talks with the international community, although any nuclear policy is determined strictly by the country's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
 
Jihadists fire ‘US-made ballistic missile’ at Sinai security HQ
 
Jihadists attacked the Egyptian security headquarters in northern Sinai ostensibly using an American-made ballistic missile, Egypt’s interior ministry said early Monday morning.
 
SOUTH ASIA
 
China to build 2,200 MW N-power facility for Pakistan
 
China will build a 2,200 MW Nuclear Power facility for Pakistan to help the friendly country in overcoming its acute energy deficit.
 
US senators lament lack of progress on India-US nuclear deal
 
Two influential US senators have lamented that even eight years since the landmark US-India civil nuclear agreement was announced, India was yet to provide a workable nuclear liability agreement allowing nuclear companies to move forward.
 
RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE
 
Russia begins inspection flights over United States
 
Russian military inspectors will begin on Sunday a series of monitoring flights over the United States under the international Open Skies Treaty, a Russian nuclear security official said.
 
Sevmash to hold groundbreaking ceremony for Yasen submarine
 
Russia’s Sevmash shipyard will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the fourth generation nuclear submarine Novosibirsk on Friday, July 26.
 
MULTILATERAL ARMS CONTROL AND NONPROLIFERATION
 
White House-Congress divide on Iran nuclear sanctions widens
 
The election of a more moderate president in Iran has sharpened the conflict between the White House and Congress over Tehran's disputed nuclear development program.
 
U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY
 
STRATCOM chief to check morale at missile bases
 
About six months after the inspection that pushed the base’s missileers into the national spotlight, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command will return to Minot Air Force Base, N.D., to follow up on how the base responded to the inspection and morale among the nuclear crews.
 
Area exhibits will focus on nuclear issues
 
Iowa residents can learn more about America’s current nuclear proliferation and the hazards of nuclear weapons at several multimedia exhibits throughout Johnson County from August through September. Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility representatives sponsored “Nuclear Neighborhood, 11,000 Generations” — an exhibit combining art, history, and science — to start a conversation about our nuclear history and future.
 
OPINIONS
 
President-elect stirs optimism in Iran and West
New York Times, by Thomas Erdbrink
 
Bogged down in faltering nuclear talks with the European powers nearly 10 years ago, Hassan Rouhani did something that no Iranian diplomat before or since has managed to do.
 
Rouhani and the Iranian bomb
New York Times, by Francois Nicoullaud
 
As Hassan Rouhani prepares to become the next president of the Iranian Islamic Republic, it is worth recalling the leading role he played as Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator in late 2003, when the clandestine program run by the Revolutionary Guards to produce a nuclear weapon was halted.
 
India can be a credible partner of the NSG
 
Some of the members are expressing unnecessary apprehensions regarding India’s membership. Unlike China, India has a track record of complying with obligations of any treaty or agreement it signs.
 
The dangers of nuclear hubris
Kashmir Times, by Praful Bidwai
 
Nuclear weapons and aggression always go together. So do nuclear weapons, hubris and machismo. Aggressiveness - and readiness to wreak mass destruction or inflict great cruelties upon an adversary's civilians - lies at the heart of the nuclear weapons rationale, the acceptance and normalization of their mind-numbing violence, and the development and deployment of such armaments, whether they are used or not.