Nuclear Policy News - May 15, 2012

May 15, 2012
Seoul dismisses US push for tactical nuclear deployment
Iran to Send Observation Satellite into Orbit in Days
Blueprints of Russia's advanced N missile may have been leaked
Missile Defense Is Self-Defense
Jon Kyl
Seoul dismisses US push for tactical nuclear deployment
Seoul is rejecting a push by U.S. lawmakers to redeploy U.S. tactical nuclear weapons to South Korea.
Cold War warning as China hits out at defence co-operation with US
Sydney Morning Herald
China has criticised Australia's close military alliance with the United States as an outdated throwback to the Cold War era in an apparent rebuke of Canberra's decision to allow a US military presence along Australia's north coast.
China reacts to US nuclear amendment
Beijing urged more effort from parties concerned with contributing to the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula as a response to Washington's recent consideration over redeploying nuclear weapons in the Republic of Korea, according to a news release from the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday.
Nuclear-powered fast-attack’ US submarine docks in Subic
A Virginia class fast attack submarine USS North Carolina (SSN 777), one of the “stealthiest, most technologically advanced” nuclear-powered submarines in the world, arrived at Subic Bay Monday (Sunday US time) for a port visit, the United States Navy said.
Iran to Send Observation Satellite into Orbit in Days
Iran is readying to launch an experimental observation satellite later this month, Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said.
Iran Sees Success in Stalling on Nuclear Issue
As Iran starts a critical round of talks over its nuclear program, its negotiating team may be less interested in reaching a comprehensive settlement than in buying time and establishing the legitimacy of its enrichment program, Iranian officials and analysts said.
Iran upbeat on U.N. nuclear talks, diplomats skeptical
Iran gave an upbeat assessment on Tuesday of talks with the U.N. nuclear watchdog about its atomic activity but diplomats voiced doubt inspectors would gain access to a military site where they believe tests of use in making atomic bombs were carried out.
Iran says nuclear talks with U.N. "good, constructive"
Iran's talks with the U.N. nuclear watchdog about Tehran's atomic activities are going well, a senior Iranian official said on Tuesday, the second day of discussions.
Myanmar gave up nuclear programs, president says
Myanmarese President Thein Sein said Monday the country had given up its plan to develop nuclear programs in cooperation with Russia in the mid-2000s.
India says it will cut Iran oil purchases by 11%
India said Tuesday it would cut purchases of Iranian oil by 11 percent following pressure from the United States to join a drive to isolate the Islamic republic over its disputed nuclear programme.
Agreement likely: India may move troops to peacetime locations
The Indian government is likely to pull back troops from wartime positions, deployed at the working boundary with Pakistan after the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks.
Blueprints of Russia's advanced N missile may have been leaked
The blueprints of Bulava, Russia's most lethal and advanced submarine launched nuclear missile, which carries up to 10 warheads may have been leaked out, the country's authorities fear.
NATO 'must engage with Russia over nuclear weapons'
Polish and Norwegian foreign ministers have said the defence summit in Chicago next Sunday, “should send a strong signal of NATO’s resolve to engage with Russia on nuclear issues”.
No Plan To Deploy Tactical Nukes In S. Korea: Pentagon
Pentagon said Monday that it will not redeploy tactical nuclear weapons to South Korea.
"Our policy remains in support  of  a  non-nuclear Korean peninsula. There is no plan to change that policy," a spokesperson for the Department of Defense told Yonhap News Agency on the customary condition of anonymity.
Missile Defense Is Self-Defense
Jon Kyl
Within hours of reassuming the Russian presidency this month, Vladimir Putin demanded that the United States provide "firm guarantees" that a U.S.-led missile-defense system in Europe won't be aimed against Russia. President Barack Obama can't offer any "legally binding" guarantee, because when he sought ratification of the New Start Treaty in 2010 he promised to accept no limits on U.S. missile defenses. But he can offer Mr. Putin a political assurance—what he might have been signaling when a "hot mic" recently caught him telling Russian leaders that he'd be "more flexible" after the November elections.
Iran Talks' Moment of Truth Has Arrived
Gerald F. Seib
In the long and winding American quest to curb Iran's nuclear program, the next month is the most critical period yet. And there are three men to keep an eye on as it unfolds: President Barack Obama, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak.
For Russia, Nato has started an arms race
The Russian public believes the Nato alliance is playing a foul game that threatens the country's security, says Yevgeny Shestakov.