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December 19, 2014

"India plans to lease second Akula-class submarine from Russia" Strategic Defense Intelligence / December 19, 2014 The Indian Navy is reportedly planning to lease a second Akula-class nuclear-powered submarine from Russia.... View Source ›

"Six tons of tainted water leak at Fukushima No. 1 during Korean safety tour" Jiji / December 19, 2014 Up to 6 tons of radioactive water has leaked into the ground at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, according to Tokyo Electric Power Co.... View Source ›

Louis Charbonneau, "At UN, Iran urged to show more flexibility in nuclear talks" Reuters / December 19, 2014 Iran has not demonstrated sufficient flexibility in nuclear talks with six world powers aimed at ending a 12-year standoff with the Islamic Republic over its atomic ambitions, France and Britain said on Thursday.... View Source ›

"Senior Iranian Negotiator Dismisses Early Assessment of Results of Talks with Powers" Farsnews / December 19, 2014 "The atmosphere of talks is of course good and respectful but it is still soon to judge the results," Araqchi said in an interview with Iran's state-run TV on Tuesday night after the end of the third round of talks with the US delegation in Geneva.... View Source ›

December 18, 2014

"Iran calls nuclear talks 'very useful'; next meeting in Jan" Reuters / December 18, 2014 Iran's deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi said on Wednesday he had "very useful and helpful" nuclear negotiations with major powers in Geneva.... View Source ›

"Putin says deal on Iran's nuclear program 'very close'" Reuters / December 18, 2014 Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the six world powers and Iran were "very close" to reaching an agreement on Tehran's nuclear program.... View Source ›

Ladane Nasseri, "Iran Rial Weakens Over Oil Price Drop, Nuclear Uncertainty" Bloomberg / December 18, 2014 Iran’s rial is weakening after months of stability over declining oil prices and uncertainty whether the country will clinch a nuclear deal lifting international sanctions.... View Source ›

Biman Mikherji, "Uranium Rallies as Asia Warms to Nuclear Energy" The Wall Street Journal / December 18, 2014 Uranium prices are defying the broad commodities selloff that has battered oil and gas as Asia’s biggest economies increase their reliance on nuclear energy.... View Source ›

Joana Mantey, "Ghana Prepares for Nuclear Energy Program" VOA / December 18, 2014 Ghana is set to become the second country in Africa to introduce nuclear energy after South Africa. This follows the International Atomic Energy Agency approval of Ghana’s application after decades of negotiation.... View Source ›

December 17, 2014

"Iran says sees more steps ahead in nuclear talks" Reuters / December 17, 2014 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday nuclear talks with major powers were being conducted in a good atmosphere, "good steps" had been taken and more would follow.... View Source ›

Sam Kim, "Kim Jong Un Looks to Complete Nuclear Legacy Left by Father" Bloomberg / December 17, 2014 Kim Jong Un has spent the three years since his father’s death tightening his grip on power, leaving the Supreme Leader better positioned to achieve Kim Jong Il’s dream of deploying nuclear weapons.... View Source ›

"Sanctions removal on Geneva table: Ryabkov" Zawya / December 17, 2014 Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has said that lifting of anti-Iran sanctions is an issue on the table of the ongoing nuclear talks in Geneva.... View Source ›

"S.Africa says to launch nuclear power tender process" Reuters / December 17, 2014 South Africa, which is scrambling to keep the lights on as demand for electricity threatens to outstrip supply, will launch a tender process to build new nuclear power plants, the presidency said on Wednesday.... View Source ›

"Report on Hanford nuclear waste storage tanks raises concerns on leaks" Herald Globe / December 17, 2014 Nuclear waste is leaking from two of its underground storage tanks (T-111 and AY-102) at Hanford Nuclear Reservation and the water was intruding into AY-102 and other tanks raising questions among regulators, the public, and Congress about the risks posed by continuing to store waste in the aging tanks, according to a report released Tuesday by the Government Accountability Office.... View Source ›

December 16, 2014

"Iran says nuclear talks with U.S. proceed in good atmosphere" Reuters / December 16, 2014 Iran said on Tuesday bilateral nuclear talks with the United states were proceeding in a good atmosphere despite lingering gaps over key issues such as Tehran's uranium enrichment capacity and how fast economic sanctions should be lifted.... View Source ›

"Iran Missile Capability Non-Negotiable" Alalam / December 16, 2014 A senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has ruled out any negotiations whatsoever over the Islamic Republic's defensive missile capabilities.... View Source ›

"Funding continues for Savannah River MOX plant" Nuclear Engineering International / December 16, 2014 The US Congress has approved funding for the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MFFF) project located at the Savannah River Site near Aiken, South Carolina, CB&I reports.... View Source ›

Tony Capaccio, "Nuclear-Armed Subs May Cost U.S. 17% More, Budget Office Finds" Bloomberg / December 16, 2014 The U.S. Navy’s plan to build as many as 12 new submarines armed with nuclear missiles may cost $92 billion, 17 percent more than the $79 billion the service has estimated, according to the Congressional Budget Office.... View Source ›

Sergei L. Loiko, "Russia says it has a right to put nuclear weapons in Crimea" Los Angeles Times / December 16, 2014 Russia has the right to deploy nuclear weapons in the Crimean peninsula, which it seized from Ukraine in March, a top Russian official said Monday.... View Source ›

December 15, 2014

"Acting Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman Travel to Geneva" Businessweek / December 15, 2014 Acting Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman and the American negotiating team will meet on December 15--16 with Iranian officials in Geneva.... View Source ›

Aruna Viswanatha, "U.S. opts not to force N.Y. Times reporter to reveal source" Reuters / December 15, 2014 U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has decided not to force a New York Times reporter to divulge the identity of a confidential source for a book that detailed a failed CIA effort to undermine Iran's nuclear weapons program, a person familiar with the decision said on Friday.... View Source ›

"Russia says will not follow U.S. 'diktat' over missile treaty" Reuters / December 15, 2014 Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Friday it would not follow "American diktat" over the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Treaty between the two countries.... View Source ›

"Indigenous nuclear submarine INS Arihant ready for sea-trials" Deccan Chronicle / December 15, 2014 India’s first indigenously built nuclear submarine INS Arihant, will be ready for sea trials by next week off the eastern coast in Vishakhapatnam according to sources in the Indian Navy.... View Source ›

"Brazil's Rousseff inaugurates nuclear sub shipyard" AFP / December 15, 2014 Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff inaugurated Friday a naval shipyard that will oversee construction of a nuclear-powered submarine and four others to patrol Brazil's long coastline and deepwater oil reserves.... View Source ›

December 12, 2014

"U.N. nuclear watchdog dismisses Iranian offer of site access" Reuters / December 12, 2014 The U.N. atomic watchdog dismissed on Thursday an Iranian offer of access to a region where explosives experiments of possible use in nuclear weapons development may have taken place, saying this did not address its concerns.... View Source ›

Fredrik Dahl, "IAEA to get more money for Iran nuclear deal monitoring" Reuters / December 12, 2014 Several states pledged on Thursday to back a U.N. nuclear agency request for 4.6 million euros ($5.7 million) as soon as possible to pay for its monitoring of an extended, interim nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.... View Source ›

"Iran says nuclear talks to resume in Geneva Dec. 17" AFP / December 12, 2014 Iran will resume negotiations with world powers in Geneva next week aimed at reaching a deal over Tehran's controversial nuclear program, its deputy foreign minister said Thursday.... View Source ›

Dan Williams, "Israel not pushing for tougher Iran sanctions as talks go on" Reuters / December 12, 2014 Israel will not press Washington to tighten sanctions on Iran while nuclear negotiations continue for the next six months, but will push for tough action if the talks' June deadline is not met, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday.... View Source ›

Julie Makinen, "U.S. envoy: North Korea not 'serious' about restarting nuclear talks" Los Angeles Times / December 12, 2014 The new U.S. special representative for North Korea policy poured cold water Friday on recent reports that Kim Jong Un’s regime was ready to resume long-stalled international talks on ending the country's nuclear program.... View Source ›

December 11, 2014

"UN nuke chief: more funds needed to monitor Iran" Associated Press / December 11, 2014 The head of the U.N. nuclear agency is asking key members of the organization to provide millions of dollars in extra funding that he says are needed to continue monitoring a deal temporarily restraining Iran's nuclear programs.... View Source ›

Michael R. Gordon, "Pentagon to Press Russia on Arms Pact Violation" The New York Times / December 11, 2014 The Pentagon has developed a range of military options to pressure Russia to correct its violation of a landmark arms control agreement, a senior Defense Department official told Congress on Wednesday.... View Source ›

"U.S. House of Representatives passes Asia missile defense bill" Korea JoongAng Daily / December 11, 2014 The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill calling on the Pentagon to bolster trilateral missile defense cooperation with South Korea and Japan against threats from Pyongyang, amid ongoing suspense over whether Seoul will join a Washington-led anti-missile defense shield. ... View Source ›

"S. Korea's first nuclear waste facility gets go-ahea" Yonhap / December 11, 2014 South Korea's nuclear watchdog said Thursday it has approved the full operation of the nation's first nuclear waste disposal facility after test runs and inspections confirmed its safety. ... View Source ›

December 10, 2014

Fredrik Dahl, "U.S. says reduced defense role for atom bombs, Britain against ban now" Reuters / December 10, 2014 The United States said on Tuesday it is relying less on nuclear weapons as part of its defense planning, but Britain argued against banning such arms now... View Source ›

"Updated Russian military doctrine has no preemptive nuclear strike provision - source" Interfax / December 10, 2014 A new edition of the Russian military doctrine does not contain a preemptive nuclear strike provision but it clearly defines circumstances under which strategic nuclear forces can be used, a source involved in the drafting of the document told Interfax-AVN on Wednesday.... View Source ›

"Largest-ever CTBT on-site inspection exercise concludes successfully" CTBTO / December 10, 2014 The most sophisticated on-site inspection exercise conducted to date by the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) formally concludes this week. The Integrated Field Exercise IFE14in Jordan started on 3 November and involved four years of preparation, 150 tonnes of specialized equipment and over 200 international experts. ... View Source ›

"NATO Intercepts Russian Nuclear-capable Bombers Over Baltic Sea" AFP / December 10, 2014 NATO warplanes intercepted a “significant” force of six Russian nuclear-capable bombers over the Baltic Sea, the alliance said in the latest such encounter amid tensions with Moscow over Ukraine.... View Source ›

Aibing Guo and Fox Hu, "China Nuclear Generator CGN Power Surges on Hong Kong Debut" Bloomberg / December 10, 2014 CGN Power Co. surged on its debut in Hong Kong today as investors flocked to the shares of China’s biggest atomic energy producer at a time when the nation is pushing to boost nuclear generation and cut pollution.... View Source ›

December 9, 2014

Carole E. Lee, "White House Tries to Hold Off New Iran Sanctions" The Wall Street Journal / December 9, 2014 The White House is stepping up its campaign to ward off new congressional sanctions on Iran after diplomatic talks over Tehran’s nuclear program were once again extended in November, this time for seven months.... View Source ›

"No bail for man charged with conspiring to export to Iran devices used in nuclear production" Associated Press / December 9, 2014 A Chinese man accused of conspiring to export to Iran devices that can be used in nuclear production was held without bail after making an initial court appearance on Monday.... View Source ›

Fredrik Dahl, "U.S., UK face nuclear disarmament pressure at Vienna meeting" Reuters / December 9, 2014 The United States and Britain took part for the first time on Monday in an international conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons and were expected to face pressure to do more to eliminate their atomic arsenals.... View Source ›

"France wants to help expand Czech nuclear program" Associated Press / December 9, 2014 French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says his country's major energy companies are interested in developing the Czech Republic's nuclear program.... View Source ›

Corneliu Rusnac, "Moldova: 7 arrested suspected of uranium smuggling" Associated Press / December 9, 2014 even people have been detained in Moldova on suspicion they smuggled uranium and mercury in a metal container from Russia to be used in a dirty bomb, police said Tuesday.... View Source ›

December 8, 2014

"Inspections of nuclear sites to continue as per agenda" Zawya / December 8, 2014 Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Behrouz Kamalvandi, said on Saturday that inspections of nuclear sites will continue based on schedule.... View Source ›

Simon Sturdee, "US, UK join major nuclear weapons conference" AFP / December 8, 2014 The United States and Britain on Monday for the first time attended a global conference discussing the risks posed by nuclear weapons, reversing their snubbing of previous rounds.... View Source ›

"Former EU top diplomat to continue nuclear talks with Iran" AFP / December 8, 2014 The EU's former top diplomat Catherine Ashton will continue negotiations with Iran on its contested nuclear programme after being named a special adviser by her successor, a statement said Friday.... View Source ›

Dan Frosch, "New Mexico Fines U.S. $54 Million for Nuclear Accidents" The Wall Street Journal / December 8, 2014 New Mexico has fined the U.S. Energy Department more than $54 million over accidents at the country’s only underground repository for nuclear waste.... View Source ›

"China’s Generation III ACP-1000 Nuclear Reactor Passes IAEA Review" NucNet / December 8, 2014 China’s Generation III ACP-1000 nuclear reactor design, also known as ‘Hualong One’, has passed an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) generic reactor safety review (GRSR), China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) said.... View Source ›

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