Nuclear Policy News - October 13, 2011

Oct 13, 2011

TOP NEWS
U.S. Takes Iran Case to UN After Assassination Plot Against Saudi Diplomat
Bloomberg, by Flavia Krause-Jackson and Bill Varner
 
Pakistan rejects new nuclear treaty
 
Nuclear lesson from Libya: Don't be like Qaddafi. Be like Kim
 
Iran and US edge toward confrontation
Asia Times, by Mahan Abedin
 
EAST ASIA
No U.S. officials to meet N. Koreans in next week's forum: State Dept.
Yonhap, by Lee Chi-dong
The U.S. government has no plans for meeting North Korean officials while they visit the southern state of Georgia next week, a State Department official said Tuesday.
 
North Korea moves military equipment closer to South: report
Arab News, by Jack Kim
North Korea has moved some of its fighter planes and missiles closer to its armed border with South Korea, prompting Seoul to step up surveillance, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday.
 
FTA goes beyond trade for allies
Korea Times, by Kim Young-jin
With Presidents Lee Myung-bak and Barack Obama toasting the ratification of the Korea-U.S. free trade agreement (KORUS FTA) by Congress Wednesday, attention understandably focused on the economic benefits each side stands to gain.
 
MIDDLE EAST
Sultanate supports nuclear non-proliferation
The Sultanate has expressed its support for nuclear non-proliferation and hoped the success achieved at the May 2010 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference would translate into “practical reality”. 
 
Henry Kissinger praises Turkey's cooperation
Interviewed by the Turkish Hurriyet, Henry Kissinger, the doyen of US foreign policy, praised Turkey for its role in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan and for its increasingly confrontational approach to Syria. Kissinger handed out a special praise for Ankara's agreement with Washington to deploy an anti-missile radar system on its territory, meant to thwart off a possible “nuclear threat from Iran”.
 
U.S. Takes Iran Case to UN After Assassination Plot Against Saudi Diplomat
Bloomberg, by Flavia Krause-Jackson and Bill Varner
The Obama administration today gave United Nations diplomats detailed intelligence to support charges that Iran plotted to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States.
 
Analysis: Alleged plot deals new blow to Iran nuclear diplomacy
Reuters, by Fredrik Dahl
A diplomatic storm over U.S. accusations that Iran plotted to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington may throttle any slim chance of diplomacy resolving the long-running dispute over Tehran's nuclear program.
 
Iran's diplomat slams US policies
Addressing students with a speech, Ramin Mehmanparast slashed the US policy. He accused it of what he called misusing the word 'democracy' to justify intervention in other countries' affairs.
 
Ahmadinejad unveils doc on Iran’s nuclear project
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiled a documentary film on Iran’s nuclear program during a ceremony at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on Tuesday.
 
Michael Oren on Iran: all options still on the table
Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren on Wednesday night said that all options are still on the table regarding Iran.
 
Iran’s UN Ambassador: Tehran Ready to Enter Serious Nuclear Talks
The Iranian ambassador to the United Nations has said that Tehran is ready to engage in negotiations over its nuclear program based on mutual respect and without preconditions.
 
SOUTH/SOUTHEAST ASIA
Pakistan rejects new nuclear treaty
Pakistan has rejected the new nuclear treaty for ban on production of fissile material.
 
US cannot abandon Pakistan relationship: Clinton
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday the United States cannot abandon Pakistan but that the South Asian nation must help solve Afghanistan’s difficulties or it will “continue to be part of the problem.”
 
RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE

U.S., Kazakhstan Finish HEU Disposal Operation

Kazakhstan, with assistance from the United States and the U.N. nuclear watchdog, has finished converting some 72 pounds of highly enriched uranium into a more proliferation-resistant material, the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration announced on Wednesday (see GSN, Jan. 11).
 
Kazakh president calls for creation of global anti-nuclear movement
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev urged the international community to establish a global anti-nuclear movement.
 
Belarus and Russia sign off on Ostrovets nuclear plant in dubious contract
Bellona, bv Charles Digges
Belarus’s state-owned Directorate for Construction of Nuclear Power Plants signed the contract with Atomstoriexport, the foreign construction wing of the Russia’s state nuclear corporation, Rosatom, for the construction of a 2400 megawatt plant of the untested AES 2006 (NPP -2006) design.
 
U.S. NUCLEAR WEAPONS STRATEGY AND POLICY
Frank Munger: Ex-NNSA chief says, 'I screwed up personally'
Knox News, by Frank Munger
On my blog, "Atomic City Underground," I've posted a few things from a recent interview with Ambassador Linton Brooks, former head of the National Nuclear Security Administration.
 
OPINIONS
The Charges Against Iran
Charges that Iranian officials ordered the assassination of Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States are chilling and bizarre. If true — and American officials insist they have strong evidence — this is only the latest reminder of why the United States and its allies must use all possible diplomatic and economic pressures to isolate Tehran and block its nuclear ambitions.
 
Why worry about our nukes?
Pakistan Observer, by Khalid Saleem
We have every right to wonder as to why must our strategic ally feel the urge to raise an alarm every now and then about the security of our nukes? After all, we are not unique. There are several other states that are overt and/or covert nuclear states. There may be some others that may fit the twilight zone. The breakup of the Soviet Union left several loose ends. Although the powers that be did their damnedest to tie up several of these loose ends; yet one can never be certain about these matters. Why does one not, then, hear about doubts about the security of the nukes of these twilight zone countries? Why us and us alone?
 
Nuclear lesson from Libya: Don't be like Qaddafi. Be like Kim
So the Libyan rebel forces, aided by the massive military power of the United States and its NATO allies, have cast the loathsome Muammar Qaddafi onto the rubble heap of history.
 
US playing the Saudi envoy game
Press TV, by Ismail Salami
In a 'united against Iran campaign,' the US government has accused Tehran of orchestrating an assassination plot against the Saudi envoy in Washington, a move which is to be seen as part of a US stratagem to carry on with its plan of demonizing and isolating the Islamic Republic of Iran.
 
Iran and US edge toward confrontation
Asia Times, by Mahan Abedin
Allegations by the United States government that the Qods force, the expeditionary branch of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, was planning to assassinate Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, by means of explosives marks a dramatic escalation of tensions between the Islamic Republic and the United States.
 
An Iranian bomb plot in America?
IRAN is a rum country, especially in the minds of Americans who remember with bitterness how its revolutionaries seized their embassy in 1979 and held its staff hostage for 444 days. But even Americans were startled by this week’s exposure of a plot, allegedly hatched by elements in the Iranian government, to assassinate Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador, by planting a bomb in his favourite restaurant in Washington, DC.
 
India’s nuclear path
Reuters, by Shashi Tharoor
When the Commonwealth heads of government meet in Australia later this month, one prominent leader is almost certain to be conspicuously absent: India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. India is a strong backer of the association of former British colonies (and some new entrants without that shared heritage, notably Mozambique and Rwanda), so no displeasure with the Commonwealth is implied.