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April 16, 2014

"Iran Cuts Nuke Weapons Ability" Associated Press / April 15, 2014 The United Nations will release a report this week certifying that Iran's ability to make a nuclear bomb has been greatly reduced because it has diluted half of its material that can be turned most quickly into weapons-grade uranium, diplomats said Tuesday.... View Source ›

Fredrik Dahl and Mehrdad Balali, "Iran expects next payment under nuclear deal, signaling compliance" Reuters / April 16, 2014 Iran expects to get a fifth installment this week of previously blocked overseas funds, a senior official was quoted as saying, a payment that would confirm Tehran's compliance with an interim deal with world powers to curb its nuclear program.... View Source ›

"Iran Downplays Prospects for Russian Energy Pact" Global Security Newswire / April 15, 2014 An Iranian official said Russian energy-trade talks faced an uphill battle, amid global fears about possible implications for nuclear sanctions, Reuters reports.... View Source ›

David Brunnstrom, "U.S., China in 'productive' talks after North Korea test threat" Reuters / April 15, 2014 The United States and China have held "productive" talks on North Korea, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday, part of stepped up international diplomacy after Pyongyang warned of plans to conduct a new type of nuclear test.... View Source ›

Diane Barnes, "New Algorithm May Help Detect Nuclear Smuggling at Airports" Global Security Newswire / April 15, 2014 Scientists may have discovered how they can reprogram X-ray scanners to more effectively spot bomb-usable nuclear materials in airline bags.... View Source ›

April 15, 2014

"Key Iran Official Eyes Expanding Disputed Uranium Operation" Global Security Newswire / April 14, 2014 A top Iranian official said his country may need a larger uranium-enrichment program for its single nuclear-power facility, the Associated Press reports.... View Source ›

"Atomic Exports Body Asked to Weigh Deeper Ties with Nonmember States" Global Security Newswire / April 14, 2014 A multinational nuclear export body is being asked to consider offering deeper ties to some nations that are not members of the exclusive group, Reuters reports.... View Source ›

"U.S. Reportedly Easing Demands on Nuclear Talks with North Korea" Global Security Newswire / April 14, 2014 The United States is reportedly easing its conditions for returning to nuclear talks with Pyongyang amid concerns that a fourth atomic test is in the works.... View Source ›

Rick Gladstone, "Sanctions Are Eased; Iran Sees Little Relief" The New York Times / April 13, 2014 Halfway through a six-month nuclear deal between Iran and major world powers that was meant to allow time to reach a comprehensive agreement, the Iranians have seen little in the way of a boost from the sanctions relief they had been expecting, trade lawyers and diplomatic analysts say.... View Source ›

Nia Williams, "Canadian company charged with breaching Iran sanctions law" Reuters / April 14, 2014 A Canadian company will appear in court on Monday charged with violating international sanctions by trying to export components to Iran that could have nuclear applications.... View Source ›

April 14, 2014

"Israel says Kerry remarks on Iran nuclear threshold 'not acceptable'" Reuters / April 14, 2014 Israel described as "unacceptable" on Monday remarks by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry suggesting cautious openness to negotiating a nuclear deal that would keep Iran six to 12 months away from bomb-making capability.... View Source ›

"U.S. expects Iran will meet oil export target in nuclear deal" Reuters / April 11, 2014 The Obama administration believes that oil exports from Iran from January to July will meet an average 1 million barrel per day goal outlined in an interim agreement with Tehran over curbing its disputed nuclear program, a State Department spokeswoman said on Friday.... View Source ›

Dana Davidsen, "Rand Paul: Don't dismiss containment option for nuclear Iran" CNN / April 13, 2014 Sen. Rand Paul said the United States shouldn't rule out the containment of Iran’s nuclear program.... View Source ›

"Putin OKs Advanced Antimissile Sale to China: Report" Global Security Newswire / April 11, 2014 Russia has approved the sale to China of an advanced antimissile system that could have ramifications on nuclear stability with India, according to news reports.... View Source ›

"Japan to Press Forward on Reprocessing Plant" Global Security Newswire / April 11, 2014 Japan on Friday finalized plans to continue preparations for its Rokkasho facility to eventually produce plutonium for use in power reactors, Reuters reports.... View Source ›

April 11, 2014

Fredrik Dahl, "Iran proposes Arak reactor change to cut plutonium output: media" Reuters / April 10, 2014 Iran has made a proposal that would significantly lower plutonium production at a planned reactor, a senior Iranian official was quoted as saying, signalling flexibility on a key issue in talks to end the nuclear dispute with world powers.... View Source ›

Cristina Marcos, "Congress approves bill banning Iran diplomat" The Hill / April 10, 2014 The House on Thursday passed legislation by unanimous consent that would ban Iran's new United Nations ambassador, who has ties to a terrorist group, from entering the United States.... View Source ›

"Envoy: US has Given China a 'Mission Impossible' on North Korea" AFP / April 10, 2014 The United States is giving China a “mission impossible” by insisting it exert pressure on neighboring North Korea to halt its nuclear program or face US consequences, Beijing’s ambassador said Thursday.... View Source ›

Diane Barnes, "Pentagon Poised to Revamp Counter-WMD Strategy" Global Security Newswire / April 10, 2014 The U.S. Defense Department may be "weeks" from updating an 8-year-old strategy for countering weapons of mass destruction, a senior official says.... View Source ›

"Moscow: U.S., NATO Are Breaking Word on European Missile Defense" Global Security Newswire / April 10, 2014 Russia is accusing the United States and NATO of reneging on a promise that antimissile assets deployed in Europe are aimed only at Iran.... View Source ›

April 10, 2014

George Jahn, "Iran foreign minister: '50 to 60 percent agreement' on nuke deal, next round May 13" Associated Press / April 9, 2014 Iran's foreign minister said Wednesday his country and six world powers are in "50 to 60 percent agreement" on the shape of a nuclear deal meant to crimp any potential Iranian attempt to build nuclear arms in exchange for an end to crippling economic sanctions.... View Source ›

"Russia Rejects US Warnings Over Oil Deal With Iran" Associated Press / April 9, 2014 A senior Russian diplomat on Wednesday angrily rejected U.S. warnings against striking an oil-for-goods contract with Iran, saying that Moscow wouldn't be intimidated by threats.... View Source ›

Mark Hosenball, "U.S. may test influence at U.N. by denying visa to Iran envoy" Reuters / April 9, 2014 The United States may soon deny a visa to Iran's proposed U.N. ambassador, two U.S. officials said on Wednesday, a rare and potentially precedent-setting step that would test U.S. influence over the world body.... View Source ›

"Iran nuclear deal being implemented as planned: IAEA chief" Reuters / April 9, 2014 Iran is implementing last year's interim nuclear deal with six world powers as planned, U.N. atomic energy chief Yukiya Amano said on Wednesday, almost three months after the accord took effect.... View Source ›

Hiroko Tabuchi, "Japan Pushes Plan to Stockpile Plutonium, Despite Proliferation Risks" The New York Times / April 9, 2014 Just weeks after Japan agreed to give up a cache of weapons-grade plutonium, the country is set to push ahead with a program that would produce new stockpiles of the material, creating a proliferation risk for decades to come.... View Source ›

April 9, 2014

Louis Charbonneau and Fredrik Dahl, "Iran, six powers face 'significant gaps' in nuclear talks" Reuters / April 9, 2014 Iran will never slow down its nuclear research program, the Islamic Republic's supreme leader said on Wednesday as negotiators from Tehran and six world powers struggled to narrow "significant gaps" in talks on a long-term accord.... View Source ›

Karen Freifeld, "New York regulator subpoenas four insurers in Iran sanctions probe-source" Reuters / April 8, 2014 New York state's top insurance regulator has sent subpoenas to four U.S. insurance companies as part of a probe of potential sanctions violations involving Iran, a person familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.... View Source ›

Justyna Pawlak and Parisa Hafezi, "U.S. warns on Iran 'breakout' capability as nuclear talks start" Reuters / April 8, 2014 The United States said on Tuesday Iran has the ability to produce fissile material for a nuclear bomb in two months, if it so decided, as Tehran and six world powers swung into a new round of talks in Vienna on resolving their atomic dispute.... View Source ›

Christi Parsons and Paul Richter, "U.S. tells Iran its choice for U.N. ambassador is 'not viable'" Los Angeles Times / April 8, 2014 The White House stepped up its opposition Tuesday to Iran's choice for ambassador to the United Nations, but sought to keep the controversy from derailing negotiations over the Islamic Republic's disputed nuclear program.... View Source ›

David Alexander, "U.S. to cut nuclear launchers under treaty with Russia -officials" Reuters / April 8, 2014 The United States will scale back its nuclear bombers, submarine launchers and ballistic missiles in the first cuts to its leftover cold war nuclear arsenal since ratifying a landmark treaty with Russia in 2011, officials said on Tuesday.... View Source ›

April 8, 2014

"Spain busts group accused of plans to send arms machinery to Iran" Reuters / April 7, 2014 Spain said on Monday it had dismantled a group it accused of plotting to send industrial equipment to Iran that could be used for weapon manufacture in violation of international sanctions.... View Source ›

George Jahn, "Iran, 6 Powers Seek to Narrow Nuclear Differences" Associated Press / April 8, 2014 Negotiators for Iran and six world powers on Tuesday focused for the first time on the concrete shape of a deal meant to result in long-term curbs on Tehran's nuclear program.... View Source ›

Jonathan Tirone and Kambiz Foroohar, "Iran Nuclear Haggling Hits Midpoint With Talks Over Reactor" Bloomberg / April 8, 2014 Diplomats searching for a long-term accord over Iran’s nuclear program, including the future of a reactor that could produce weapons material, began two days of scheduled talks in Vienna.... View Source ›

Ramin Mostaghim and Paul Richter, "In Iran, nuclear deal brings little economic relief" Los Angeles Times / April 7, 2014 When Iran's leaders signed a preliminary nuclear deal with world powers in November, they promised the six-month agreement would quickly start "melting the iceberg" of Western sanctions, lead to new trade ties and lift the lives of ordinary Iranians.... View Source ›

Diane Barnes, "Pentagon: B-61 Bomb Update Faces Possible Delays" Global Security Newswire / April 7, 2014 U.S. Defense Department experts see a danger of delays in work on a key nuclear-bomb component under development at multiple federal agencies.... View Source ›

April 7, 2014

"Iran upbeat on nuclear talks, says all sticky issues addressed" Reuters / April 5, 2014 Iran said on Saturday it had useful expert-level nuclear talks with world powers in Vienna, addressing all major technical issues in the way of a final settlement.... View Source ›

Louis Charbonneau, "Iran oil exports will be in line with sanctions target: U.S." Reuters / April 4, 2014 The United States on Friday dismissed suggestions that Iran was exporting much more oil than it is allowed to sell under a preliminary nuclear deal with world powers and predicted that aggregate Iranian oil sales would meet targets set for Tehran.... View Source ›

"Chinese national indicted in US over exports to Iran" Reuters / April 4, 2014 A Chinese citizen faces U.S. criminal charges that he conspired to export to Iran products that could be used in that country's nuclear program, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday.... View Source ›

Derrek Asberry, "AREVA official: MOX lifecycle cost not $30 billion" Aiken Standard / April 5, 2014 An AREVA spokesperson said the life-cycle cost of the Savannah River Site's MOX facility is closer to $17 billion – not the $30 billion the Department of Energy reported back in February.... View Source ›

Lolita C. Baldor, "An AREVA spokesperson said the life-cycle cost of the Savannah River Site's MOX facility is closer to $17 billion – not the $30 " Associated Press / April 6, 2014 The U.S. will deploy two additional ballistic missile defense destroyers to Japan by 2017 as part of an effort to bolster protection from North Korean missile threats, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday... View Source ›

April 4, 2014

"Iran, six powers start expert-level nuclear talks in Vienna" Reuters / April 3, 2014 Iran and six world powers began an expert-level meeting about Tehran's nuclear program on Thursday, part of efforts to reach an agreement by late July on how to resolve a decade-old dispute that has stirred fears of a Middle East war.... View Source ›

Jonathan Saul and Parisa Hafezi, "Iran, Russia working to seal $20 billion oil-for-goods deal: sources" Reuters / April 2, 2014 Iran and Russia have made progress towards an oil-for-goods deal sources said would be worth up to $20 billion, which would enable Tehran to boost vital energy exports in defiance of Western sanctions, people familiar with the negotiations told Reuters.... View Source ›

Choe Sang-hun, "South Korea Tests Missile That Can Strike Most of North" The New York Times / April 4, 2014 Amid rising military threats from North Korea, South Korea conducted its own missile test last week, successfully launching a newly developed ballistic missile capable of striking most of North Korea, its Ministry of National Defense said on Friday.... View Source ›

"U.S., Japan, South Korea to discuss North Korea nuclear weapons program" Reuters / April 3, 2014 The United States, Japan and South Korea will meet next week to seek ways to persuade North Korea to give up its atomic weapons program, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday, just days after Pyongyang warned of a "new form" of nuclear test.... View Source ›

Rachel Oswald, "U.S. Lawmakers Explore Faster Missile-Interceptor Fielding in Europe" Global Security Newswire / April 3, 2014 Some U.S. lawmakers are exploring the potential for speeding up missile-interceptor deployments in Europe amid concerns over recent Russian aggression... View Source ›

April 3, 2014

Lara Jakes, "US Troubled by Iran's Choice of Its UN Ambassador" Associated Press / April 2, 2014 The U.S. objected Wednesday to Iran's anticipated selection of a former hostage-taker at the American Embassy in Tehran as its newest ambassador to the United Nations. But the Obama administration stopped short of saying it would refuse him a visa to enter the United States.... View Source ›

Patricia Zengerle, "Treasury official: Firms not in new deals with Iran after pact" Reuters / April 2, 2014 The top U.S. Treasury Department official responsible for sanctions said on Wednesday there is no evidence that any companies are taking advantage of a preliminary nuclear agreement with Iran by reaching new deals in Iran.... View Source ›

"Russia Said to Deploy Updated Ballistic Missile on Submarines" Global Security Newswire / April 2, 2014 Russia has reportedly begun fielding an updated ballistic missile on some of its submarines that is thought capable of carrying up to 10 warheads.... View Source ›

Diane Barnes, "Russia Fields More Nuclear Weapons, But Expert Says Not to Panic" Global Security Newswire / April 2, 2014 Russia has fielded more strategic nuclear weapons over the past six months, but a longtime U.S. analyst suggests the development is unremarkable.... View Source ›

"U.S.-British Talks Spotlight Uncertainty in Both Nuclear Arsenals" Global Security Newswire / April 2, 2014 The United Kingdom's nuclear weapons arsenal is crucially dependent on U.S. actions, as a key bilateral agreement is up for renewal, reports the London Guardian.... View Source ›

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