Nuclear Policy News - Wednesday, July 7th

Jul 7, 2010

 

Nuclear Policy News – July 7, 2010
 
FISSILE MATERIAL
China objects to US unilateral sanctions on Iran
 
U.A.E. diplomat mulls hit on Iran's nukes
 
Report: Secret document affirms U.S.-Israel nuclear partnership
Ha'aretz by Barak Ravid (Reuters)
 
Pakistani, U.S. Spies Seen Sparring on Nuclear Matters
 
How New-START will improve our nation's security
The Washington Post by John Kerry
 
EAST ASIA
Security Council Considers Rebuke of North Korea for Ship Incident
The U.N. Security Council is considering multiple options for addressing North Korea's suspected culpability in the sinking of a South Korean warship, Agence France-Presse reported today.
 
Japan Sets Group For Nuclear Deals
WSJ by Mari Iwata
Japan moved to secure its role in the global, civil nuclear sector Tuesday by setting up a government-backed organization to promote Japanese technology and fight off competition for multibillion-dollar contracts from rivals such as South Korea.
 
Toshiba, Hitachi, Tokyo Electric to Form Japan Nuclear Venture
Bloomberg by Shigeru Sato and Tsuyoshi Inajima
Toshiba Corp., Hitachi Ltd. and Tokyo Electric Power Co. are among six Japanese companies that will form a joint venture to sell nuclear reactors and technology to Vietnam and other countries.
 
Nuclear reactors to use advance technology
Ten of China's proposed nuclear power reactors will use Westinghouse's AP1000 advanced technology considered safer, a Chinese energy official said.
 
China objects to US unilateral sanctions on Iran
China warned other nations Tuesday against taking unilateral actions against Iran's nuclear programme outside newly passed UN sanctions and denounced the United States for making such moves.
 
MIDDLE EAST
U.A.E. diplomat mulls hit on Iran's nukes
The United Arab Emirates ambassador to the United States said Tuesday that the benefits of bombing Iran's nuclear program outweigh the short-term costs such an attack would impose.
 
Obama backs Israel on nuclear conference
US President Barack Obama warned Tuesday that attempts to single out Israel over its undeclared nuclear program could scupper a Middle East regional nuclear conference planned for 2012.
 
Obama, Netanyahu Discuss Iran's Nuclear Program
In wide-ranging talks at the White House, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama discussed what both leaders say is the threat posed by Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons. 
 
Report: Secret document affirms U.S.-Israel nuclear partnership
Ha'aretz by Barak Ravid (Reuters)
Israel's Army Radio reported on Wednesday that the United States has sent Israel a secret document committing to nuclear cooperation between the two countries.
 
Interview: Touching On Israel's Nuclear Secrets
NPR by Robert Siegel (with Avner Cohen)
President Obama obliquely referred to the Israeli nuclear weapons program Tuesday, and expressed continued U.S. support for it. Nonproliferation expert Avner Cohen of the Monterey Institute of International Studies talks with Robert Siegel about the well-known "secret" program.

US says ready for talks if Iran 'serious'
The United States said Tuesday it was willing to meet Iran over its suspect nuclear program if the Islamic republic's offer to return to talks in September was "serious."
 
Reports of planes denied refueling are 'false': Iran
Iran said on Tuesday that claims made by some Iranian officials that its passenger planes were being denied refueling by airports in Britain, Germany and the United Arab Emirates are "false."

Nigeria begins programs on nuclear power
Nigeria has begun nuclear power programs to inject nuclear electricity to its national power grid in 2020, a senior government official announced.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST ASIA
Pakistani, U.S. Spies Seen Sparring on Nuclear Matters
The CIA has attempted on multiple occasions to gather information on Pakistan's nuclear program by infiltrating the nation's intelligence service, despite Washington's close counterterrorism alliance with Islamabad, the Associated Press reported today.
 
President’s visit to boost Pak-China civil nuclear cooperation
Pakistan, China peaceful civil nuclear cooperation is expected to get a strong boost as the leaders of two countries meet in Beijing Wednesday.
 
MULTILATERAL ARMS CONTROL AND NONPROLIFERATION
International Panel Calls for New Nuclear Organization
A new international organization should be established to evaluate nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament efforts by various countries, the International Commission on Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament said at its last meeting yesterday.

 

 

OPINIONS
How New-START will improve our nation's security
The Washington Post by John Kerry
Even in these polarized times, anyone seeking the presidency should know that the security of the United States is too important to be treated as fodder for political posturing. Sadly, former governor Mitt Romney failed that test in arguing that ratification of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with Russia would be a mistake [op-ed, July 6]. He disregarded the views of the best foreign policy thinkers of the past half-century, but more important, he ignored the facts.
 
The Arab World Against Ahmadinejad?
The fact that, for the first time, an Arab country [the Emirates] said no to the Iranians' attempted holdup, thus foiling the manœuvre of which Hamas and Hezbollah were the vanguard but whose ultimate goal was to set the region ablaze, constitutes not only a gesture of survival but proof of maturity and a welcome sign of clarification…If this decision is maintained, nothing will ever be the same again. And for Ahmadinejad, the countdown will have begun.
 
Nuclear power and norm entrepreneur
The Jakarta Post by Ahmad Hanafi Rais
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono recently stated that the development of a nuclear power plant is not the priority of his government amid strong public resistance to the government’s plan to build a nuclear power site in Muria, Central Java or Madura, East Java.

 

 
Nuclear pursuits
The Deccan Chronicle by Inder Malhotra
Compared with the protracted excitement and controversy over the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal, the resumption of India-Canada nuclear cooperation that was abruptly ruptured 36 years ago has received little attention.
 
Yucca Mountain back on track?
The Aiken Standard (South Carolina)
The decision of a Nuclear Regulatory Commission legal panel to put Yucca Mountain back on the table for waste disposal is a boost for those who believe that the Obama Administration did not have the authority to scuttle plans more than 25 years in the making.