Nuclear Policy News - Thursday, July 29

Jul 29, 2010

 

Nuclear Policy News – July 29, 2010
 
FISSILE MATERIAL
Iran Offers to Resume Nuclear Talks, Rein In Enrichment
WSJ by Marc Champion and Jay Solomon
 
Israel to Dispatch Nuclear-Armed Subs, Report Says
 
U.K. to Permit Nuclear Exports to India
 
Brits Advised to Rethink Nuclear Deterrence Policy
 
Cheater, Cheater, Pumpkin Eater
Arms Control Wonk by Jeffrey Lewis
 
EAST ASIA
Korean Peninsula Military Exercises End Without Incident
Four days of large-scale South Korean-U.S. naval drills concluded today without North Korea following through on its threat of an armed response, Agence France-Presse reported.
 
N.Korean foreign minister in Myanmar amid nuclear worries
North Korea's foreign minister arrived in Myanmar on Thursday for talks with the military government, an official said, amid Western concerns about possible nuclear cooperation between the two autocratic nations.
 
Japan, Jordan reach basic agreement for nuclear deal
Japan has reached a basic agreement with Jordan on a nuclear cooperation accord to allow sales of nuclear power plants and related technology, the Foreign Ministry announced Tuesday.
 
MIDDLE EAST
Iran Offers to Resume Nuclear Talks, Rein In Enrichment
WSJ by Marc Champion and Jay Solomon
Iran has said it could suspend a part of its uranium-enrichment program and is ready to resume nuclear talks with the major powers without setting conditions, in what Western officials said Wednesday were signs that Tehran has been taken aback by the scale of international sanctions launched against it.


Iran, US send positive signals on nuclear talks
Khaleej Times by Reuters
Iran and the United States sent positive signals about the possibility of fresh talks on the Iranian nuclear program, which Washington suspects aims to develop atomic weapons.
 
US hopes for nuclear talks with Iran, other powers
AFP by Lachlan Carmichael
The United States said Wednesday it hoped for high-level talks in the coming weeks with Iran and five other world powers that are working with Washington to try to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
 
Turkish-Iranian Energy Cooperation in the Shadow of US Sanctions on Iran
Eurasia Daily Monitor by Saban Kardas (The Jamestown Foundation)
Iranian Petroleum Minister, Masoud Mirkazemi, visited Turkey last week to discuss Turkish-Iranian energy cooperation. The Iranian oil ministry announced that during the visit, a deal was concluded with a Turkish private energy company, worth $1.3 billion to build a pipeline from Iran to Turkey.
 
Australia imposes more sanctions on Iran
Australia will impose sanctions against companies involved in Iran's oil and gas sector, restricting business dealings between the two countries, Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith has announced.
 
Israel to Dispatch Nuclear-Armed Subs, Report Says
A recent report said Israel intends to field nuclear-armed Dolphin-class submarines along the Iranian coastline, the Xinhua News Agency reported Monday.
 
SOUTH/SOUTHEAST ASIA
U.K. to Permit Nuclear Exports to India
The United Kingdom is expected to formally announce today that it would allow the export of nuclear technology to India, ending a long-standing ban on atomic trade with the nuclear-armed South Asian nation, the London Telegraph reported.
 
RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE
Ukraine, U.S. to Discuss Disposal of ICBM Fuel
U.S. and Ukrainian officials are expected in coming months to discuss how to raise roughly $95 million for an effort to eliminate solid fuel used for Soviet-era ICBMs, Interfax reported.
 
Brits Advised to Rethink Nuclear Deterrence Policy
A new think tank report says the British government could address cost concerns over the nation's nuclear deterrent by eliminating the mandate that one of its strategic submarines be on patrol at all times, the Press Association reported today.

 

MULTILATERAL ARMS CONTROL AND NONPROLIFERATION
Report Paints Picture of Spotty Russian Arms Pact Compliance
The United States found that Russia had addressed concerns regarding compliance with the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty when it expired last December, but alleged failures by Moscow to completely adhere to the 1991 pact could ignite new controversy over whether to ratify its successor, the Washington Post reported today.
 
US official says nuclear treaty disputes lingered
AP by Robert Burns
U.S. complaints about Russian compliance with the 1991 START nuclear arms control treaty had not been resolved when the pact expired last year, but the disputes never amounted to allegations of cheating, a senior administration official said Wednesday.
 
Uncertainty in Senate Over Hearing on Russia Treaty
NY Times by Peter Baker
Senator John Kerry, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, put the New Start arms control treaty with Russia on his panel’s schedule for next week but then left open the possibility on Wednesday that he might not call a vote after all.
 
Nuke-smuggling network in demand
Washington Times by Eli Lake
Scientists, engineers and financiers involved in the A.Q. Khan nuclear-smuggling network are being contacted by several governments in an effort to lure these specialists out of retirement.


OPINIONS
Cheater, Cheater, Pumpkin Eater
Arms Control Wonk by Jeffrey Lewis
That’s about the level of the rhetoric these days surrounding the new State Department “compliance” report…This not to say that the New START won’t have plenty of compliance disputes. It will. But the experience of START should provide encouragement that significant issues can be resolved in a manner that benefits both countries.
 
At Last, Serious EU Sanctions Against Iran
If the European Union's execution is as good as the rhetoric, then its latest round of economic sanctions will finally put more than token pressure on Iran over its nuclear-weapons program.
 
France must tap the strength in depth of nuclear team
Financial Times by Paul Betts and Justine Lau
In October, Mr Sarkozy was…not amused when his French energy champions lost out to South Korean competition in a $40bn contract to supply nuclear reactors to Abu Dhabi. Mr Sarkozy, like his presidential predecessors, has always considered the nuclear industry as not only strategic but a sector in which France could lead the world.