Nuclear Policy News - Monday, July 12

Jul 12, 2010

 

Nuclear Policy News – July 12, 2010
 
FISSILE MATERIAL
N. Korea sees a resumption of nuclear talks
 
20 kilos of 20 pct enriched uranium ready: Iran
 
Four bust in 'dirty bomb' sale sting
IOL (South Africa)
 
Security Council Blinks
 
This Week at War: Playing Sanctions Chicken
Foreign Policy by Robert Haddick
 
EAST ASIA
N. Korea sees a resumption of nuclear talks
North Korea has expressed willingness to return to international nuclear disarmament talks, a sign that it is satisfied with the UN Security Council’s decision to avoid directly blaming it for the sinking of a South Korean warship.
 
North Korea and U.N. officers to meet over ship sinking
Reuters by Jack Kim
North Korea first rejected the call by the U.N. Command to meet and discuss any violation of the armistice ending the 1950-53 Korean War. It later changed its position and said it would accept such a meeting, after Seoul rejected its proposal to send a military team to inspect the sunken ship.
 
N.K. apology, denuclearization pledge key to nuclear talks: official
North Korea should first apologize or acknowledge its responsibility for the sinking of a South Korean warship and show its willingness to give up its atomic programs if it wants to resume six-party nuclear talks, a senior official said Sunday.
 
China, France vow to promote strategic cooperation
Wu Bangguo, China's top legislator, met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy here Friday and the leaders agreed to deepen the strategic cooperative relationship between their countries.
 
MIDDLE EAST
20 kilos of 20 pct enriched uranium ready: Iran
Iran said on Sunday it has produced around 20 kilogrammes of 20 percent enriched uranium, in defiance of the world powers who want Tehran to suspend the controversial nuclear work.
 
'US attack on Iran a matter of time'
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says the US compelled the UN Security Council to impose sanctions against Iran in order to weaken the country and lay the ground for a military attack.
 
MP rues tension in P5+1, Iran talks
A Senior Iranian lawmaker says talk of fresh sanctions against Tehran will only intensify the "cold war" climate spreading over nuclear negotiation bids.
 
"Irrational" Iran can't get nuclear arms - Netanyahu
Reuters by John O'Callaghan
"Irrational regimes" like Iran cannot be allowed to have nuclear arms and it is a mistake to think Tehran's ambitions can be contained, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on U.S. television.
 
Netanyahu Says International Sanctions Unlikely to Stop Iran Nuclear Drive
Bloomberg by Jeff Bliss
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran’s nuclear program probably can’t be stopped by new United Nations and U.S. economic sanctions imposed during the past month.
 
Iran plans to begin production of own nuke fuel by autumn 2011
Iran plans to begin production of its own fuel in late August-early September of 2011, vice-president and the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi, told Iran’s news agencies on Monday.
 
Russia warns of Iran's potential to build nuclear bomb
Iran is close to having the potential to build a nuclear weapon, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday in the clearest indication of Moscow alarm over Tehran's atomic drive.
 
Iran Guards profiting from sanctions: Karroubi
Opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi has said Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards back sanctions against Tehran as they make "astronomical profits" from the punitive measures, a website said on Sunday.
 
Smugglers for the State
Newsweek by Babak Dehghanpisheh
“We can take almost anything to Iran,” [an Iranian skipper] says with a grin. Cell phones and other electronics are his most profitable contraband these days, he adds. What happens if the Revolutionary Guards catch him? “They charge a ‘fee,’ ” he says—about $3,000 or $4,000—but they won’t confiscate his goods. They just want their cut.
 
Ahmet Davutoglu: ‘We Are a Part of the West’
Newsweek by Semin Gümüsel Güner and Selcuk Tepeli
What is Turkey up to? A stalwart member of NATO, many believe it is now tilting east. In May, it sealed a nuclear-exchange deal with Iran, and in June Ankara voted no on U.N. sanctions against Iran. Then, the killing of nine Turks aboard a Gaza-bound aid flotilla by Israeli forces led to a crisis between the longtime allies, and further questions about the direction of Turkey’s foreign policy. Semin Gümüsel Güner and Selcuk Tepeli of Newsweek Turkey recently met with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to discuss these issues.
 
AAEA, JNRC co-sponsor five-day program
A radiation protection program kicked off here Sunday, with representatives from 12 Arab countries, including Kuwait, participating. The five-day program is co-organized by the Arab Atomic Energy Agency (AAEA) and Jordan Nuclear Regulatory Commission (JNRC).
 
Approvals for work at Braka, site for N-plants
The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) said on Sunday that it welcomed the receipt of two licenses from the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) for work related to Braka, its preferred site for the UAE’s first nuclear power plants.
 
Four bust in 'dirty bomb' sale sting
IOL (South Africa)
An international police sting at a Pretoria petrol station has netted four men involved in the sale of a highly radioactive metal suspected to be destined for use in a dirty bomb.
 
RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE
Energy companies urge move on nuclear build plans
Chief executives from the main energy companies will meet Mr Huhne in London on Thursday at a gathering of the Department for Energy and Climate Change's Nuclear Development Forum.
 
U.S. NUCLEAR WEAPONS STRATEGY AND POLICY
Y-12 Plant Slows Warhead Disassembly
The Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee has dismantled fewer retired nuclear warheads in fiscal 2010 than in the previous fiscal year, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported Friday.
 
New nuclear weapons chief faces obstacles
The Santa Fe New Mexican by Roger Snodgrass
Modernizing nuclear weapons without making them too new is one of the paradoxes facing Donald L. Cook, the newly installed head of the national nuclear weapons program.
 
OPINIONS
(Letter) Mitt Romney's errant attack on a nuclear treaty
Washington Post by William D. Hartung
Mitt Romney's assessment of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) between the United States and Russia ["Obama's Worst Foreign Mistake," op-ed, July 6] is both inaccurate and misleading.
 
Security Council Blinks
“Lowest common denominator” is too often the standard at the United Nations. Even then, the Security Council’s new statement on the sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan is absurdly, dangerously lame.
 
This Week at War: Playing Sanctions Chicken
Foreign Policy by Robert Haddick
Do we have the guts to enforce the new Iran sanctions?
 
(Letter) Jordan’s Nuclear Power: A View From Capitol Hill
New York Times by Howard Berman
Uranium enrichment facilities can be used to make fuel for nuclear bombs as well as power reactors. International inspectors can monitor such facilities, but they can also be expelled. The fewer uranium enrichment facilities there are in the world, the fewer the nations with prospective bomb-making capability.
 
Worldview: Keeping all the options open on a nuclear Iran
Which is more threatening to U.S. security interests: the prospect of an Iran with nuclear weapons or the fallout from a U.S. (or Israeli) strike against Iran's nuclear sites?
 
China, India, and Pakistan
President Asif Ali Zardari's visit to China has caused predictable anxiety among those in India who tend to view relations with Beijing as a zero-sum game with Islamabad. Mr. Zardari has been a frequent flyer to China — three times last year — but this second official visit after October 2008 seems to have caused much apprehension in official India.
 
The New START treaty deserves to be ratified
LA Times by Jacob Heilbrunn
President Obama signed a nuclear arms control agreement — the New START treaty — with Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in Prague in April to much fanfare. Senate hearings on the treaty are taking place. But in a reprise of Cold War debates, hard-liners are seeking to block Senate ratification of the treaty, where it needs a two-thirds majority, by depicting the deal as a dangerous sellout to Moscow. The treaty deserves careful scrutiny, but it is in danger of becoming the victim of a hazing campaign.