Nuclear Policy News - May 14, 2012

May 14, 2012


Trio warned North Korea off nuclear test
UN nuclear watchdog demands Iran cooperation
NATO chief determined to move ahead with missile shield
U.S. lawmakers push for tactical nukes in S. Korea
Are We Winning or Losing? (Continued)
Michael Krepon



S. Korea, China to cooperate on N.K. GPS jamming
President Lee Myung-bak and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao agreed to cooperate on devising measures to address North Korea’s jamming of satellite traffic navigation signals during their talks here on Monday.
S. Korea cautions against deployment of US tactical nukes
Seoul officials and experts cautioned against the redeployment of tactical nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula proposed by some in the United States, which they fear could refuel an atomic arms race in Northeast Asia.
Trio warned North Korea off nuclear test
China, Japan and South Korea warned North Korea on Sunday they will not tolerate further nuclear tests, the South Korean president said, amid fears that Pyongyang is preparing a third atomic blast.
N.Korea absent from China summit declaration
The leaders of China, Japan and South Korea have issued a post-summit joint declaration that makes no reference to North Korea's nuclear ambitions -- one of the most pressing issues in the region.
UAE warns of regional arms race over Israel
Israel's continued refusal to join the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty could lead to a regional arms race, Arab states have suggested in Vienna.
UN nuclear watchdog demands Iran cooperation
The UN nuclear agency pressed Iran for greater cooperation Monday in their first meeting since a "failed" visit in February, with world powers watching closely ahead of their Baghdad talks next week.
Iran Nuclear Talks: UN Inspectors Push Iran On Military Site Access
A senior U.N. nuclear official said Iran must give his inspectors access to information, people and sites as he began a two-day meeting with Iranian officials on the Islamic state's disputed atomic activities on Monday.
UN's nuclear agency, Iran begin critical meeting ahead of Baghdad talks
Today's meeting between the International Atomic Energy Agency and Iranian officials is meant to lay the groundwork for next week's critical meeting in Baghdad between Iran and the P5 + 1.
‘India's nuclear doctrine closest in spirit to China's'
The nuclear deterrence between India and China was essentially stable in nature and was likely to remain so in the near future despite India and China pursuing their nuclear programmes with increasing technological sophistication.
Beyond India's second-strike ability
There was a sense of deja vu when, days after India successfully testfired its nuclear- capable, 5,000-km-range Agni-V ballistic missile, Pakistan responded by testfiring an "improved version" of its nuclear-capable Hatf-4 intermediate range ballistic missile.
NATO chief determined to move ahead with missile shield
NATO's chief on Monday expressed the Western alliance's determination to move ahead with building an operational missile defense system, following what he called its first successful comprehensive test.
Russia Against New Iran Sanctions
Russia remains opposed to new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program and is not considering them at present, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said on Monday.
U.S. lawmakers push for tactical nukes in S. Korea
A U.S. congressional committee is pressuring the Obama administration to redeploy tactical nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula.
NATO, Russia and Tactical Nuclear Arms
Radoslaw Sikorski and Jonas Gahr Store
At the 2010 Lisbon summit, NATO committed itself to the goal of creating conditions for a world without nuclear weapons. NATO should honor this commitment and seize the opportunity of the upcoming Chicago summit to look at its nuclear policy — and engage with Russia.
Are We Winning or Losing? (Continued)
Michael Krepon
We’ve now passed the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and widely expected acts of nuclear terrorism have yet to occur. One example: Graham Allison predicted in Nuclear Terrorism (2004) that, “In my considered judgment, on the current path, a nuclear terrorist attack on America in the decade ahead is more likely than not.”
Missile Defense in Europe: Cooperation or Contention?
Steven Pifer
Missile defense has been an issue on the agenda between Washington and Moscow since the 1960s. Although the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty appeared to resolve the question, it kept coming back—in the form of U.S. suspicions about the large, phased array Soviet radar at Krasnoyarsk, Soviet concern about the Strategic Defense Initiative, National Missile Defense programs, U.S. withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and plans for deploying missile defenses in Europe.
Extending Deterrence from the Triad
Jeffrey Lewis
Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ) successfully sponsored an amendment to the FY2013 NDAA that would require Defense and State to submit a report on redeploying tactical nuclear weapons in South Korea, although the language is slightly more delicate in referring to the “Western Pacific.”
Timing of Nuclear Claim Puts Tehran on the Spot
Harvey Morris
To the untrained eye it could be an industrial boiler or a storage tank. But an unidentified official says the picture above shows an explosives chamber used by Iran to conduct nuclear weapons-related tests.
Tactical nuclear weapons
A U.S. congressional committee’s passage last week of an amendment on redeploying tactical nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula is creating subtle ripples both at home and abroad as North Korea is poised to conduct a third nuclear test.
Don’t Bring Back CMRR
Nickolas Roth
House Strategic Forces Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Michael Turner wants to force the United States to invest in a multi-billion dollar nuclear weapons research facility that it does not need, the $6+ billion Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Nuclear Facility (CMRR-NF) at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The primary purpose of the CMRR-NF is to increase the capacity of the United States to produce the plutonium cores for nuclear weapons. During House Armed Services Committee’s May 9 markup of the defense bill, Turner successfully introduced two amendments that would take construction of the CMRR-NF out of the hands of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), which says it can’t afford the facility and does not need it now, and require the Defense Department to build and pay for it. The amendments would also prevent NNSA or the Pentagon from considering less expensive plutonium sustainment strategies that do not include construction of the CMRR...