Nuclear Policy News - May 3, 2012

May 3, 2012
Inside the Ring: China launcher proliferation
How Iran May Get Around Oil Sanctions Over Nuclear Program
Pakistani nuclear scientist AQ Khan wants to contest elections
All Active Russian Nuke Submarines to Get New Missiles
Inside the Ring: China launcher proliferation
China Defense Minister Liang Guanglie will visit the United States this week and is expected to face questioning on the presence of a Chinese-made mobile strategic-missile launcher that was spotted carrying a new North Korean long-range missile in Pyongyang on April 15.
Japan nears nuclear shutdown
By the end of the week, Japan will run without nuclear power for the first time in nearly 50 years – an important factor shaping global demand for crude oil and natural gas.
U.N. Committee Puts 3 North Korean Companies on a Blacklist
A United Nations Security Council sanctions committee on Wednesday added three North Korean state companies to a United Nations blacklist of firms banned from international trade in response to the country’s launching of a rocket last month.
Iran’s nuclear talk agenda aims at easing Western sanctions
Iran has made no secret of its hopes for the next round of nuclear negotiations with world powers: Pledges by the West to ease sanctions as a step toward deal making by Tehran.
How Iran May Get Around Oil Sanctions Over Nuclear Program
Crude oil for June delivery reached $106 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange this week, and that's the highest price seen since March 27. Explaining why prices have fallen 4 percent from a March 1 peak, Bloomberg said it's because tensions have eased between Iran and Western nations over the country's nuclear program.
Iranian envoy says Israel's nuclear capabilities greatest threat to peace
A senior Iranian official said Wednesday that Israel's undeclared nuclear weapons pose the greatest threat to Mideast peace and accused the United States and other nuclear powers of hypocritically ignoring their disarmament commitments.
Pakistani nuclear scientist AQ Khan wants to contest elections
Disgraced Pakistan nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan has expressed his willingness to contest elections while suggesting the formation of a government of technocrats because politicians have failed to deliver good governance.
Dr AQ Khan advises Nawaz to quit politics
The Nation (Pakistan)
Mohsin-e-Pakistan and renowned atomic scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan has said that the current situation of the country is deteriorating but people should not lose hope. He advised Nawaz Sharif to join business and leave politics to Shahbaz Sharif.
Medvedev: Russia will 'still need' nuclear weapons
Russia is not going to use nuclear weapons, but nor does it intend to forgo them, said Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.      
All Active Russian Nuke Submarines to Get New Missiles
Russia plans to eventually equip all of its active nuclear-armed submarines with the newest generation of the Sineva ballistic missile -- the Liner SLBM, Defense and Security reported on Wednesday (see GSN, Aug. 10, 2011).
Greenpeace 'bombs' French nuclear reactor in mock terror attack (but could activists do the same in the US?)
A Greenpeace paraglider dropped a smoke bomb onto a French nuclear reactor to highlight a potentially catastrophic lack of security around the power station.
Senate follows House with more questions about construction of Savannah River Site's MOX plant
U.S. Senate budget writers followed their House counterparts this week with questions about the rising costs of the mixed oxide fuel plant under construction at Savannah River Site.
Japan Awakens
Michael Auslin
The meeting of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda with U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington made few headlines this week, but quiet changes underway in Japan's decades-long tradition of pacifism will have profound implications for the balance of power in Asia.
Dangers of extended N-deterrence in Asia

With India and Pakistan testing nuclear-capable ballistic missiles this April, close on the heels of North Korea’s unsuccessful test launch of a long-range rocket, a new report by the Sydney-based Lowy Institute for International Policy says it is Asian strategic mistrust that is holding back nuclear disarmament.