Nuclear Policy News - April 26, 2012

Apr 26, 2012
TOP NEWS
 
Panetta Warns North Korea Against 'Further Provocations'
 
Iran Nuclear-Program Raid Fears Ease, Conciliation Seen
 
Phasing Out Use of Highly-Enriched Uranium
 
Republicans eye missile-defense site on East Coast
 
EAST ASIA
 
Panetta Warns North Korea Against 'Further Provocations'
 
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has cautioned North Korea against taking what he called "further provocations."
 
China Said Unable to Protect Pyongyang After Nuclear Test
 
China's state-controlled media say Beijing will not be able to shield North Korea from the diplomatic consequences if it conducts a third nuclear test.
 
N.K. reneging on U.S. deal suggests disarray at top: Hill
 
North Korea’s rocket launch in violation of a breakthrough deal in February with the U.S. is an indication of “deeper problems” within the leadership of the communist state, a former chief U.S. nuclear negotiator said Wednesday.
 
U.S., China Warns N. Korea of Further Provocations Amid Nuclear Test Speculations
 
Global powers are weighing in on the possibility of a North Korean nuclear test with predictions that it's likely to happen sooner rather than later.
 
MIDDLE EAST
 
Despite sanctions, Iran shows no change in nuclear ambitions
 
Iran is finding ways around international sanctions meant to pressure its leaders to abandon its nuclear aspirations, even as evidence mounts that sanctions are hurting the Iranian people, Iran analysts say.
 
Iran Nuclear-Program Raid Fears Ease, Conciliation Seen
 
Iranian and Israeli officials offered what may be conciliatory signs this week, easing concerns of a possible strike on the Persian Gulf country’s nuclear installations.
 
Israel Army Chief: Other Nations Could Strike Iran
 
Israel's military chief said Thursday that other countries have readied their armed forces for a potential strike against Iran's nuclear sites to keep Tehran from acquiring atomic weapons.
 
IDF chief to Haaretz: I do not believe Iran will decide to develop nuclear weapons
 
"If Iran goes nuclear it will have negative dimensions for the world, for the region, for the freedom of action Iran will permit itself," Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz told Haaretz in an Independence Day interview.
 
SOUTH ASIA
 
India-Pak nuclear clash may trigger global starvation: Study
 
More than a billion people around the world could face starvation if a nuclear war breaks out between India and Pakistan, according to a new report, which said the ‘nuclear famine’ will be an ‘unprecedented’ disaster that would bring an end to modern civilisation.
 
Indian Shipping Firms To Carry Iran Crude Despite Reduced Insurance
 
Indian shipping firms will continue to transport Iranian crude even if limited insurance coverage due to tightening Western sanctions leaves them financially exposed to a spill or accident, a top executive and industry sources said.
 
RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE
 
Iran, P5+1 interested in Russia’s nuclear offer: Ryabkov
 
Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov says Iran and the six major powers (P5+1) have expressed interest in Russia's “step-by-step” approach towards Iran's nuclear energy program, though it was not the focus of their latest talks.
 
Russia expects North Korea nuclear test
 
The decision to raise the military's level of alert is based on specific intelligence, a security official in the Russian Far East command told Kyodo News. A spokesman for the Russian Embassy in Tokyo declined to comment on the reports.
 
MULTILATERAL ARMS CONTROL AND NONPROLIFERATION
 
Phasing Out Use of Highly-Enriched Uranium
 
Last month, Canada’s use of highly-enriched uranium (HEU) to create medical isotopes for medical diagnoses caused controversy at the nuclear security summit in Korea. The United States, Belgium, France, South Africa, and the Netherlands have all agreed to phase out the use of HEU.
 
U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY
 
Defense Panel Leader Aims to Boost Tanks, Missile Defense
 
U.S. Representative Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said he will seek to boost funding for battle tanks, Navy destroyers and missile defense in the Pentagon’s 2013 budget.
 
Republicans eye missile-defense site on East Coast
 
Republicans who control the House of Representatives' Armed Services Committee called on Wednesday for studies on what could become a third missile-interceptor site in the United States, this one on the East Coast.
 
OPINIONS
 
India NEEDS Agni 5, but not to attack China
Editorial
 
Agni 5 is not China-specific, as some have claimed. It is essential to India's overall security and should be followed by a submarine-launched version, says Premvir Das
 
HASC Subcommittees Begin Releasing Marks
Nukes of Hazard
 
On April 25 the seven Subcommittees of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) began releasing their marks in preparation for the full HASC mark up of the defense bill on May 9. Among the marks released today was the Strategic Forces Subcommittee mark. The Subcommittee is scheduled to take up the mark on April 26.
 
N. Korea's Neighbors Oppose New Nuclear Test
Steve Herman
 
South Korea and China are warning North Korea of consequences if it goes ahead with a third nuclear test.
 
Why new North Korea missiles are fakes
Eric Talmadge
 
The new North Korea missiles - carried on the biggest mobile launchers ever seen - are fakes, say arms control experts. The KN-08 missiles, displayed during a parade, raised false concerns that North Korea may be getting closer to building intercontinental ballistic missiles.