Nuclear Policy News - Thursday, July 15

Jul 15, 2010

 

Nuclear Policy News – July 15, 2010
 
FISSILE MATERIAL
U.N., North Korea hold talks over sinking
 
U.S. paid Iranian nuclear scientist $5 million for aid to CIA, officials say
Washington Post by Greg Miller and Thomas Erdbrink
 
Israel attack wouldn't stop Iran nuclear program, says U.K. study
Ha'aretz by Reuters
 
U.K. Could Reduce Nuclear Deterrent, Defense Secretary Says
 
Obama plan outlines reductions in U.S. nuclear arsenal
Washington Post by Walter Pincus
 
EAST ASIA
South Korea Could Seek Uranium Enrichment Right, Reports Suggest
South Korean news reports have indicated Seoul wants a future nuclear trade agreement with the United States to authorize domestic uranium enrichment, a process that can produce nuclear-weapon material as well as fuel for civilian applications, the New York Times reported yesterday.
 
U.N. Command, North Korea to Hold Talks Tomorrow
North Korea's military and the U.N. Command on the Korean Peninsula are set to meet tomorrow for rescheduled discussions on the sinking of a South Korean naval vessel, the Associated Press reported.
 
N.Korea to hold talks with UN Command on sinking
AFP by Park Chan-Kyong
North Korea's military is scheduled to hold talks Thursday with the US-led United Nations Command, the first since the sinking of a South Korean warship sent regional tensions soaring.
 
U.N., North Korea hold talks over sinking
The U.S.-led United Nations Command and North Korea held rare military talks Thursday -- the first since the sinking of a South Korean warship, the Yonhap news agency reported.
 
MIDDLE EAST
Russia promises Iran fuel despite sanctions
Russian companies are ready to supply fuel to energy-hungry Iran, despite unilateral US and EU sanctions targeting Tehran's oil and gas sectors, the Russian energy minister said on Wednesday.
 
Russia Plan to Help Iran Challenges Sanctions
NYT by Andrew E. Kramer
Russia’s energy minister announced a broad program of cooperation with Iran in the oil, natural gas and petrochemical industries on Wednesday that appeared to invite Russian companies to contravene sanctions the Obama administration adopted just two weeks ago.
 
Nuclear Scientist Leaves for Iran
An Iranian atomic scientist who purportedly defected to the United States last year and offered intelligence on Tehran's nuclear activities has departed for his home country, the New York Times reported today.
 
U.S. paid Iranian nuclear scientist $5 million for aid to CIA, officials say
Washington Post by Greg Miller and Thomas Erdbrink
The Iranian nuclear scientist who claimed to have been abducted by the CIA before departing for his homeland Wednesday was paid more than $5 million by the agency to provide intelligence on Iran's nuclear program, U.S. officials said.
 
'Abducted' Iranian denies being nuclear scientist
Sydney Morning Herald by Hiedeh Farmani and Jay Deshmukh (AFP)
An Iranian who claimed he was "abducted" by US spies last year denied upon his arrival in Tehran Thursday that he was a nuclear scientist, but said he was questioned by Israelis during his captivity.
 
Nuke talks can resume in September: Iran
Iran's foreign minister said on Wednesday that nuclear talks could resume in September, after the EU's top diplomat said she had told Tehran she was ready for a date and venue to revive the dialogue.
 
EU tells Iran ready to resume nuclear talks
AP by Yacine Le Forestier
Stalled nuclear talks on Iran could resume this autumn after both the European Union and Iran said they were ready to go back to the negotiation table, officials said Wednesday.
 
EU says Iran talks must focus on nuclear program
Reuters by Timothy Heritage
The European Union has told Iran in a letter that it welcomes a proposal to resume dialogue as early as September but says talks must focus on Tehran's nuclear programme.
 
US urges ‘constructive’ Iran dealings on nuclear issue
Iran should be dealing “constructively” with the UN nuclear watchdog and leading world powers regarding its controversial nuclear program, a State Department spokesman said on Wednesday.
 
Israel attack wouldn't stop Iran nuclear program, says U.K. study
Ha'aretz by Reuters
An Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities would start a long war and probably not prevent Iran from eventually acquiring nuclear weapons, a think-tank said on Thursday.
The Oxford Research Group, which promotes non-violent solutions to conflict, said military action should be ruled out as a response to Iran's possible nuclear weapons ambitions.
 
Saudi nuclear drive gains momentum
Saudi Arabia's decision last week to sign a nuclear cooperation pact with France marks a major step forward for a pan-Arab drive toward nuclear power, even as the United States strives to rein in Iran's nuclear ambitions.
 
RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE
U.K. Could Reduce Nuclear Deterrent, Defense Secretary Says
The United Kingdom would weigh reducing the size of its nuclear-armed submarine fleet in accordance with a government effort to reign in spending, British Defense Secretary Liam Fox said yesterday.
 
Russian Sent Home
A 23-year-old Russian man was deported to his home nation yesterday after coming to the attention of U.S. authorities investigating a Kremlin spy ring that operated for years in the United States, the Los Angeles Times reported.
 
Italy close to naming nuclear agency head-minister
Reuters Africa by Svetlana Kovalyova
Italy is set to name the head of a new nuclear safety agency within days, moving closer to a relaunch of the nuclear power industry abandoned over 20 years ago, the Environment Minister said on Wednesday.
 
U.S. NUCLEAR WEAPONS STRATEGY AND POLICY
Tritium detected at Pilgrim N-plant
Boston Globe by Carolyn Y. Johnson
A monitoring well located on the ocean side of the Pilgrim Nuclear Station in Plymouth has registered elevated levels of the radioactive isotope tritium.
 
Firm abandons Utah nuke waste proposal
EnergySolutions Inc. said Wednesday it has abandoned the idea of disposing of internationally generated radioactive waste in Utah.
 
Obama plan outlines reductions in U.S. nuclear arsenal
Washington Post by Walter Pincus
The Obama administration's 20-year plan for the U.S. nuclear arsenal would reduce the number of deployed and stored warheads from 5,000 to a range of 3,000 to 3,500 and significantly increase spending on the complex that maintains them, according to newly disclosed documents.
 
U.S. Company Faces Penalties for Alleged Nuclear Export Attempts to India, Israel
ISIS Reports by David Albright
In the spring of 2010, the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) charged the U.S.-based Telogy LLC and its Belgian affiliate with violating U.S. Export Administration Regulations (EAR) for attempting to export controlled goods to Israel, India, China, and South Africa. These charges followed a voluntary self-disclosure by the companies.
 
Tribes: Nuclear waste can't be stored at Hanford
Washington Post by Shannon Dininny
The Hanford nuclear reservation is already the most contaminated U.S. nuclear site, and federal efforts to find a permanent place for all of the nation's radioactive waste shouldn't impede plans to clean it up, people from various backgrounds told a federal commission Wednesday.
 
OPINIONS
MONROE: No new START with Russia
The Washington Times by Robert R. Monroe
The Senate owes it to America to expand the New START ratification debate so that it fully addresses the true issue at stake - should America rely on strength or weakness as it faces the dangerous and unknown future? Hopefully, these hearings will stimulate the national debate the issue deserves.
 
EDITORIAL: NPT framework in peril
China is interested in cooperating on nuclear power plant construction with Pakistan, a country that not only armed itself with nuclear weapons without joining the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NTP) but also has suspected ties to the world's "black nuclear market."