Nuclear Policy News - Tuesday, July 6

Jul 6, 2010

 

Nuclear Policy News – July 6, 2010
 
FISSILE MATERIAL
Korea emerging to be leading nuclear power plant exporter
The Korea Times by Kim Tae-gyu
 
Iran to halt 20% enrichment if uranium swap implemented
 
Exiled Iranian opposition group: Sanctions directly impacting nuke program
Ha'aretz by Reuters
 
US, Poland sign modified missile shield deal         
 AFP by Christophe Schmidt
 
Obama's worst foreign-policy mistake
Washington Post by Mitt Romney
 
EAST ASIA
Korea emerging to be leading nuclear power plant exporter
The Korea Times by Kim Tae-gyu
Korea settled for a top 16 spot in the South Africa World Cup, the first such feat on foreign soil, but in terms of nuclear deals, Korea appears to be breezing past top dogs such as France.
 
Seoul wants 'clear and firm' UN message to N.Korea
South Korea Monday urged the UN Security Council to send a firm message to North Korea over the sinking of a warship, but declined comment on media reports that China was blocking such a move.
 
Vietnam, U.S. agree on nuclear monitoring
Vietnam and the United States agreed Friday to set up radiation monitoring equipment in the Asian nation's major container port, federal officials said.
 
'Oil firms fuel nuclear proliferation in Myanmar'
The Korea Times by Kang Hyun-kyung
Three oil companies, Total, Chevron and PTTEP, have provided Burma's military junta with half of their revenue, worth nearly $5 billion earned from the Yadana Natural Gas Project, an environment watchdog claimed Monday.

 

Asean Regional Forum On Non-Proliferation And Disarmament
Singapore, China and the United States on Monday co-hosted the three-day second Asean Regional Forum (ARF) Inter-Sessional Meeting (ISM) on Non-Proliferation and Disarmament at a hotel here.
 
MIDDLE EAST
Iran to halt 20% enrichment if uranium swap implemented
The head of Iran 's parliamentary foreign policy commission said Sunday that Iran would halt its 20-per-cent uranium enrichment program if deal to export the country's uranium abroad is implemented.
 
Iran may agree to formal nuclear talks, report says
Ha’aretz by Reuters
There are signs Iran could reply in the next two months to a formal request for negotiations over its nuclear program, a senior EU official said on Friday after talks among major world powers.
 
Iran 'has proof US kidnapped missing scientist'
Iran has handed over new documents proving one of its nuclear scientists was abducted by the US, Tehran says.

 

 

In responding to West, Iran stresses its naval abilities in Persian Gulf
The Washington Post by Thomas Erdbrink
Inspections of Iranian vessels by the United States and its allies in accordance with a new U.N. sanctions regime could worsen tensions in the Persian Gulf, Iranian leaders and commanders have warned in recent days.
 
Sextet ready to hold dialogue with Iran – FM
The Sextet of international mediators on Iran’s nuclear programme is ready to hold a dialogue with Tehran, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported on Monday.
 
Exiled Iranian opposition group: Sanctions directly impacting nuke program
Ha'aretz by Reuters
Sanctions imposed on Iran over the past four years are having a direct impact on its nuclear program and causing widespread bank liquidity problems, according to an exiled Iranian opposition group.
 
Iran says its passenger jets were refused fuel abroad
Iran has accused the UK, Germany and the UAE of refusing to provide fuel to Iranian passenger planes.

 

 

Jordanian minister upbeat on US nuclear talks
Jordan’s foreign minister voiced optimism on Monday about nuclear cooperation talks with the United States after Jordanian sources had said Washington was refusing to allow the country to produce its own nuclear fuel.
 
Turkish nuclear plant deal with Russia submitted to parliament
A Russian-Turkish intergovernmental agreement on the construction of Turkey's first nuclear power plant has been submitted to the Turkish parliament.
 
Saudi agrees on nuclear energy pact with France
The Saudi cabinet agreed on Monday to sign a nuclear cooperation accord with France, which could open the way for French help in developing nuclear power in the oil-rich kingdom.
 
Nuclear Morocco?
Morocco signed last week a cooperation agreement on civilian nuclear power development. The two countries [Morocco and France] signed a cooperation agreement for the "development of peaceful uses of nuclear power by Morocco”, which, unlike Algeria, has no gas reserves of oil but produces phosphates that contain the uranium.

 

 

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST ASIA
Pakistan and China move closer in nuclear embrace
Reuters by Chris Buckley
China will display its determination to bolster ties with Pakistan this week, when visiting President Asif Ali Zardari is sure to receive effusive vows of loyalty, and perhaps firmer signs about a nuclear power project that symbolises the two neighbours' strategic embrace.
 
Unilateral sanctions on Iran will hurt India: Nirupama Rao
The Hindu by Sandeep Dikshit
India on Monday expressed its disapproval of “unilateral sanctions” by individual countries that restrict investments by third countries in Iran's energy sector.
 
RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE
Nuclear Power Vessel Launched
The St. Petersburg Times by Galina Stolyarova
Amid protests from Russia’s environmental community, St. Petersburg’s Baltiisky shipyard hosted the launch ceremony of a floating nuclear power plant called the Akademik Lomonosov on Wednesday.
 
US, Poland sign modified missile shield deal         
 AFP by Christophe Schmidt
 
Poland and the United States on Saturday signed a deal on a future US anti-missile shield in Europe which Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said would help ward off threats from Iran.

 

U.S. NUCLEAR WEAPONS STRATEGY AND POLICY
Debate Persists Over Nuking Oil Well
Following numerous failed attempts to seal off the BP drill site gushing massive amounts of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, debate has persisted over the possibility of closing the leak with a nuclear explosion, Reuters reported today.
 
Md. nuclear reactor close to approval, Hoyer says
The Washington Examiner by Hayley Peterson
A Maryland company is next in line for a federal loan that would finance a multibillion-dollar nuclear reactor in Calvert County, Rep. Steny Hoyer said.
 
OPINIONS
India's nuclear ambition runs up against China's
Reuters by Sanjeev Miglani
A 2008 civilian nuclear energy pact between the United States and India was meant to lift a 34-year-old embargo on nuclear trade despite New Delhi's longstanding weapons programme, a move seen as bolstering it as a counterweight to China.
 
The nuclear renaissance-will it always be delayed?
Many of the age-old arguments being used to renounce the nuclear renaissance fail to address the structural changes that have occurred in the industry in the last 20 years. 
 
Nudge on Arms Further Divides the U.S. and Israel
The New York Times by Mark Landler
At a meeting to review the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty in May, the United States yielded to demands by Arab nations that the final document urge Israel to sign the treaty — a way of spotlighting its historically undeclared nuclear weapons.
 
Should BP nuke its leaking well?
Reuters by Nastassia Astrasheuskaya, Ben Judah, Alina Selyukh
His face wracked by age and his voice rasping after decades of chain-smoking coarse tobacco, the former long-time Russian Minister of nuclear energy and veteran Soviet physicist Viktor Mikhailov knows just how to fix BP's oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.
 
Obama's worst foreign-policy mistake
Washington Post by Mitt Romney
The president's New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New-START) with Russia could be his worst foreign policy mistake yet. The treaty as submitted to the Senate should not be ratified.
 
Fine Print: State Department reports play role in START ratification
Washington Post by Walter Pincus
In 2005, the State Department told Congress that Russia had not reported that a road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile launcher had left its production plant and therefore should have become an entry under the accountability section of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.