Nuclear Policy News - June 12, 2012

Jun 12, 2012

TOP NEWS

Chinese firms breaking UN embargo on North Korea
The Daily Telegraph

Iran Developing Own Nuclear Powered Submarine
Ria Novosti

20,000 tonnes of uranium found in Jordan
Associated Foreign Press

US clears India, 6 others from Iran oil sanctions
Huffington Post

Dangers of stalled nuclear talks in Moscow
Hooshang Amirahmadi and Shahir Shahidsaless
Asia Times

EAST ASIA

 
Chinese firms breaking UN embargo on North Korea
The Daily Telegraph

Classified documents seen by The Daily Telegraph show that Beijing has failed to act when confronted with evidence that Chinese companies are breaking UN Resolution 1874 and helping North Korea to build long range missiles.


US calls on N. Korea to end 'provocative' tone
Associated Foreign Press

The United States called Monday on North Korea to end all "provocative" statements after the communist state lashed out at neighboring South Korea as it denied planning a nuclear test.

Seoul to Sign Cooperation Treaty with IAEA
The Chosum Ibo

Korea and the International Atomic Energy Agency hold their 20th safeguards review conference in Jeju from Tuesday to Thursday and conclude a fresh cooperation agreement. The safeguards agreement is a system ensuring nuclear transparency so that all nuclear materials are used for peaceful purposes.

 
MIDDLE EAST

Iran Developing Own Nuclear Powered Submarine
Ria Novosti
Iran has begun development of its own nuclear-powered submarines, FARS news agency reported on Tuesday quoting the Iranian fleet's deputy commander Vice-Admiral Abbas Zamini.

Iran Says Cyber Attacks Boost Atomic Resolve, Asia Times Reports
Bloomberg

Cyber attacks will only increase Iran’s resolve to pursue its nuclear work, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, the country’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency, said according to the Asia Times.

'We won't rest until Iran drops uranium enrichment'
Jerusalem Post

Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya'alon said that Israel will not rest until Iran gives up its uranium enrichment program, Israel Radio quoted him as saying at a conference in northern Israel on Tuesday.
20,000 tonnes of uranium found in Jordan
Associated Foreign Press

A joint venture between Jordan Energy Resources Incorporated and French nuclear giant Areva said on Tuesday it has discovered more than 20,000 tonnes of uranium in the Middle East kingdom.
 
SOUTH ASIA
 
Singapore to host meeting on nuclear safety
 
Singapore will host the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) seminar on nuclear safety from 13-15 June.
 
RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE
 
Russia to discuss Syria and nuclear issue in Iran
 
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia called on Monday for Iranian involvement in efforts to end the conflict in Syria, putting it at odds with the United States, and said Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov would travel to Tehran on Wednesday.
 
MULTILATERAL ARMS CONTROL AND NONPROLIFERATION
Istanbul to host int’l nuclear non-proliferation meeting
Today’s Zaman
 
Istanbul is preparing to host an upcoming foreign ministerial meeting of the international Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI), a global platform working towards achieving nuclear disarmament and fostering an international non-proliferation regime on Saturday.
 
Tensions over Iran nuclear plan ease
Financial Times
Iran has indicated for the first time in several weeks that it is prepared to discuss a proposal by world powers to scale back its nuclear programme.
 
U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

Nuclear Weapon Simulations Show Performance in Molecular Detail

U.S. researchers are perfecting simulations that show a nuclear weapon's performance in precise molecular detail, tools that are becoming critical for national defense because international treaties forbid the detonation of nuclear test weapons.

US clears India, 6 others from Iran oil sanctions
Huffington Post

The Obama administration on Monday exempted India and six other nations from U.S. economic sanctions after they significantly reduced their imports of Iranian oil.

 
OPINIONS
 
Dangers of stalled nuclear talks in Moscow
Hooshang Amirahmadi and Shahir Shahidsaless
Asia Times

Pessimism is setting in about the planned talks in Moscow on June 18-19 between Iran and the P5+1, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (the US, UK, France, Russia, China) and Germany. Yet, it is imperative that the negotiations do not collapse. Both sides have a huge stake in its success even if that means agreeing at the minimum to continue negotiations for another round. However, Iran will only return to the negotiating table if planned EU and the US sanctions are not enforced by then. The talks will fail if the P5+1 were to insist in a disproportionate Iranian compromise to abide by the UN

Making Lemonade from the Bitter Lemons of Israel’s Nuclear SLCMs
Greg Thielmann
Arms Control Now

The German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel carried an eye-catching cover story last week on Israel’s secret program to deploy nuclear-tipped cruise missiles on German-built submarines. For more than a decade, outside observers have speculated about whether Israel’s nuclear arsenal has included a sea-based component. Spiegel’s dramatic account provides a compelling and detailed confirmation of the German Government’s intimate involvement in facilitating the development of this capability.

Origins of the Musudan IRBM
Jeffrey Lewis
Arms Control Wonk

Over the years, I’ve been very interested in North Korea’s development of a new IRBM — called variously the SS-N-6 (US designation of a Soviet precursor system), the Musudan (US designation of the DPRK version) and the BM-25 (used in reference to kits allegedly exported from the DPRK to Iran), as well as a few other names.

Iran nuclear talks: 'What's Farsi for cover your ass?'
Julian Borger
The Guardian

With a week to go before the next round of negotiations with Iran in Moscow, the mood music is discordant to say the least. Iran has taken accusing its six-nation group of negotiating partners of a lack of preparation and commitment to finding a solution. The EU, representing the six powers at the talks, responded by pointing out it had handed the Iranians a written proposal in Baghdad late last month and was waiting for a response.