Nuclear Policy News - Wednesday, July 28

Jul 28, 2010

 

Nuclear Policy News – July 28, 2010
 
FISSILE MATERIAL
Report finds Russians may not be in compliance, could sink new START pact
Washington Post by Walter Pincus and Mary Beth Sheridan
 
Iran: U.S. will likely attack 2 Mideast countries within 3 months
 
Panel Recommends Japan Allow Entry of U.S. Nuclear Weapons, Asahi Reports
Bloomberg by Sachiko Sakamaki
 
EU Commits $7M for Monitoring Under CTBT
 
EAST ASIA
Japanese Panel to Advise Loosening Non-Nuclear Principles
An panel of experts in Japan is set to recommend the government allow for transportation of nuclear weapons through the country's territory, Agence France-Presse reported today.
 
Antisub Maneuvers Continue on Korean Peninsula
South Korean and U.S. naval vessels held live-fire drills and deposited antisubmarine bombs today as part of allied efforts to warn North Korea off any future hostile acts, the Associated Press reported.
 
U.S. confident of U.S. bases in Japan to counter N. Korean threats: Pentagon
Yonhap News by Hwang Doo-hyong
The United States is confident that it will be able to use American bases in Japan to respond to threats from North Korea despite growing Japanese affinity with China, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday.
 
Panel Recommends Japan Allow Entry of U.S. Nuclear Weapons, Asahi Reports
Bloomberg by Sachiko Sakamaki
A Japanese government panel will propose shifting defense policy to allow the transportation of U.S. nuclear weapons within the country and lift a ban on arms exports, the Asahi newspaper reported today.

 
MIDDLE EAST
Conditions still apply for nuclear talks - Ahmadinejad
Yahoo! News by Robin Pomeroy (Reuters)
Iran will resume nuclear negotiations only on certain conditions, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a TV interview aired on Tuesday after the European Union imposed tough new sanctions.
 
Iran: U.S. will likely attack 2 Mideast countries within 3 months
In an interview aired on Iranian state television Tuesday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Iran expects the United States to launch a military strike on "at least two countries" in the Middle East in the next three months.
 
British PM urges Turkey to use links to influence Iran
Irish Times by Nicholas Watt (Reuters)
Turkey should use its links with Iran to persuade Tehran to change course on its nuclear programme, according to David Cameron.
 
State Dept. to list sanctionable firms
Jerusalem Post by Hilary Leila Krieger
The US State Department is on track to produce a list of foreign companies violating Iran-sanctions laws as soon as early August, according to a congressman involved in the issue.
 
Iran plans shuttle launch in 9 years
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Friday that Iran would send its first manned shuttle into space by 2019, Iran's English-language Press TV reported.
 
Iran launches bid for fusion reactor
Iran says it has launched a program to develop a nuclear fusion reactor, an ambition deemed unrealistic by Western analysts.
 
Iran condemns new EU sanctions on energy sector
Iran "deeply regrets and condemns" a new set of tough European Union sanctions aimed at pressuring Tehran to resume talks on its controversial nuclear programme, a foreign ministry spokesman said Tuesday.
 
Iraq arms inspector Blix warned of weak war evidence
Reuters by Mohammed Abbas
Former U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix warned Washington and London in the weeks before the 2003 invasion of Iraq that he was growing less confident in evidence Iraq had banned weapons, he said on Tuesday.
 
RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE
Russia Blasts EU Over Iran Penalties
Russia today denounced new Iran penalties adopted independently by the European Union this week as part of a campaign to curb atomic activities in the Middle Eastern state that could support nuclear bomb development, Agence France-Presse reported.
 
France open to Kuwait, Qatar Areva stake -minister
Reuters by Laure Bretton
France is open to Kuwait and Qatar investors or Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (7011.T) taking a stake in French state-owned energy group Areva (CEPFi.PA), Economy Minister Christine Lagarde said on Wednesday.
 
U.K. Needs Alternative to Trident Submarine Nuclear Deterrent, RUSI Says
Bloomberg by Gonzalo Vina
The U.K. should consider replacing its submarine-based Trident nuclear deterrent with a cheaper system, a defense research body said, as Prime Minister David Cameron seeks the biggest spending cuts since World War II.
 
MULTILATERAL ARMS CONTROL AND NONPROLIFERATION
Report finds Russians may not be in compliance, could sink new START pact
Washington Post by Walter Pincus and Mary Beth Sheridan
The United States believes Russia is not fully complying with international pacts involving chemical and biological weapons, although Moscow has settled most questions about violations of a nuclear arms treaty with the United States, according to a State Department report to be made public Wednesday.
Senate Resolution Will Impact “New START,” Experts Say
GSN by Martin Matishak
Members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee next week will take steps that could alter the successor agreement to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty and potentially impact its chances for ratification, experts following the issue say.
 
EU Commits $7M for Monitoring Under CTBT
The European Union Council yesterday set aside nearly $7 million yesterday for bolstering capabilities to monitor compliance with the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
 
U.S. NUCLEAR WEAPONS STRATEGY AND POLICY
Judge opens way for nuclear waste site
A federal judge has ruled a nuclear waste storage project in Utah can go forward, throwing out U.S. Interior Department decisions that had killed the plan.
 
Senator Says Uranium Plant Could Cost Billions More Than Planned
U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) yesterday suggested the expense of building a highly enriched uranium processing center at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee might ultimately amount to between $4 billion and $5 billion, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.
Missile-Defense Satellites Sail Through Vetting Process
The U.S. Space Tracking and Surveillance System's two demonstration satellites successfully monitored three mock enemy missile flights last month in increasingly realistic trial runs, Space.com reported yesterday.
 
OPINIONS
ANALYSIS: Iran-Russia spat?
Geopolitical Monitor by Zachary Fillingham
A war of words is simmering between the governments of Iran and Russia, potentially placing the latter more squarely in the Western camp on any future attempts to turn the screw on Iran’s nuclear program.
 
Sanction multipliers
The Washington Times by Joel Mowbray
In the wake of enactment of major sanctions against Iran, some in Congress are looking for new ways to tighten the noose further. While Iranian government officials have mused publicly that new sanctions - not just from Washington but also from Europe and the United Nations - will slow their pursuit of nuclear weapons, much more pressure can be applied.
 
Analysis: Do economic sanctions work?
Do economic sanctions work? Past experience provides little hard evidence to go on.
Nonetheless in a limited diplomatic armoury, between words and warfare, there may indeed be little else.
Reusing nuclear fuel
South Korea is the world’s fifth-largest nuclear power generator, and the sixth exporter of atomic power plants. But the nation has never been a full-fledged user of nuclear power for peaceful purposes, nor will it be in the future unless the United States agrees to Seoul’s right to reprocess spent nuclear fuel. And possible discord during the upcoming negotiations over this issue could cause a split in the watertight alliance between the two longtime partners.