Nuclear Policy News - June 1, 2012

Jun 1, 2012
Japan to make more plutonium despite big stockpile
Obama Order Sped Up Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran
US strategic battle guidelines under attack
Leased Sub Key to India's Naval Modernization
Yogeshi Joshi
Japan to make more plutonium despite big stockpile
Last year's tsunami disaster in Japan clouded the nation's nuclear future, idled its reactors and rendered its huge stockpile of plutonium useless for now. So, the industry's plan to produce even more has raised a red flag.
Seoul prods Pyongyang to change course, warns of 'firm response'
South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan cautioned North Korea Friday to give up its policy of confrontation, warning it would face a "firm response" if it conducted another nuclear test or any new provocations.
Panetta to stress commitment to Asia-Pacific
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is traveling through Asia this week, determined to show the U.S. is serious about shifting its focus to the region, amid growing worries about China's increasingly aggressive posture and North Korea's nuclear ambitions.
Seoul rebukes North Korean nuclear claim
North Korea is isolating itself further from the international community by its disregard for conventional nuclear protocols, a South Korean official said.
Obama Order Sped Up Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran
From his first months in office, President Obama secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on the computer systems that run Iran’s main nuclear enrichment facilities, significantly expanding America’s first sustained use of cyberweapons, according to participants in the program.
Buildings at Iran military site "razed" - U.S. think-tank
A U.S. think-tank has published satellite images which it says underscore suspicions that Iran is trying to destroy evidence of possible nuclear weapons-related research at a site that U.N. inspectors have not been allowed to visit.
Enrichment 'not a step towards a bomb': Ahmadinejad
Daily Star
Iran's enrichment of uranium to 20 percent "is our right" and "is not a step towards a bomb," President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday in an interview with the satellite television network France 24.
Pak tests nuclear-capable Hatf-VIII cruise missile
For the second time in a week, Pakistan today successfully test fired another nuclear- capable Hatf-VIII cruise missile with a range of more than 350 km, the latest in a series of tests of missiles that can hit targets within India.
Trident: is Coalition avoiding the debate that could blow it apart?
The Week
LAST WEEK the House of Commons was informed that "the Ministry of Defence has signed contracts, worth about £350 million (excluding VAT) for the first 18 months work on the assessment phase of the Successor submarine programme".
Nuclear-free NZ anniversary celebrated
Veteran peace activists and MPs from across the spectrum met at Parliament yesterday to mark the 25th anniversary of New Zealand becoming a nuclear-free country.
US strategic battle guidelines under attack
New US battle guidelines partly designed to counter the military challenge from China are attracting strong criticism at home and abroad as unnecessarily provocative of one of America’s strongest economic partners.
Being realistic about Iran's nuclear program
Daniel Kadishon
The bell has rung on the first round of Iran negotiations with one positive outcome: We're not going to war, yet.
Leased Sub Key to India's Naval Modernization
Yogeshi Joshi
India recently inducted a leased Russian Akula-class nuclear submarine into its naval fleet, rechristening it Indian Navy Ship (INS) Chakra. This will be the Indian navy’s second such stint with a submersible nuclear vessel: In 1987, India leased a Charlie-class nuclear submarine for three years from the Soviet Union.
Heads I Win, Tails You Lose
Jeffrey Lewis
I was reading this tendentious little op-ed by Keith Payne when I thought — “What a hypocrite!”
It took me about ten minutes to find Payne making the same argument that he’s now lambasting.
Nuclear Shields, Dull Swords
Matthew Fargo
Earlier this month, Global Zero’s U.S. Nuclear Policy Commission, chaired by former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General James Cartwright, issued a report reevaluating US nuclear strategy and force posture. In the two decades since the end of the Cold War, the United States has not significantly altered its approach to nuclear deterrence. Although the United States has retired thousands of nuclear weapons since the Cold War, it still maintains a nuclear arsenal designed to promptly destroy Russia’s ability to wage nuclear war. The report highlights a growing consensus that such a posture does not comport with the 21st century security environment and is also financially unaffordable.