Daily News

October 24, 2014

Associated Press, "US negotiator: Some want talks with Iran to fail" Washington Post / October 23, 2014 The chief U.S. nuclear negotiator suggested Thursday that some U.S. allies and members of Congress hope diplomacy with Iran fails, offering a glimpse of the difficult task awaiting the Obama administration if it manages to secure a nuclear agreement with Tehran by a late November deadline.... View Source ›

Arshad Mohammed, " Iran will be seen as responsible if nuclear talks fail: U.S." Reuters / October 23, 2014 Iran will be widely seen to be responsible if a comprehensive deal to curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief is not reached, the top U.S. negotiator said on Thursday.... View Source ›

Jay Solomon and Carol E. Lee, "White House Seeks Support from Allies, Congress for Potential Iran Deal" The Wall Street Journal / October 23, 2014 The Obama administration is promoting a possible nuclear agreement with Iran to allies, Congress and U.S. policy makers in an effort to win support ahead of a late November deadline.... View Source ›

Paul Richter, "Collapse of Iran talks poses danger, U.S. official warns" LA Times / October 23, 2014 A failure of the gridlocked nuclear negotiations with Iran will lead to a dangerous escalation by both Tehran and the West, America's lead negotiator warned Thursday.... View Source ›

Fredrik Dahl, "US, Europeans row over post-Fukushima nuclear safety step" Reuters / October 23, 2014 The United States is lobbying against an amendment to an international nuclear safety pact proposed by Switzerland, which Berne argues could help prevent Fukushima-style disasters but which may also increase industry costs, diplomats said.... View Source ›

October 23, 2014

Ben Blanchard, "China says wants closer military ties with Iran" Reuters / October 23, 2014 China wants to have closer military ties with Iran, the Chinese defense minister told the visiting head of the Iranian navy on Thursday, state media reported, reaffirming diplomatic links despite controversy over Iran's nuclear plans.... View Source ›

Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, "Iran Deal Unlikely by November, French Envoy Predicts" Bloomberg / October 23, 2014 A deal over Iran’s nuclear program appears unlikely by a Nov. 24 deadline, meaning an extension of the interim agreement may be needed to press Iran for more concessions, the French ambassador to Washington said.... View Source ›

Jonathan Tirone, "U.S. Said to Join Russia in Blocking Nuclear Safety Moves" Bloomberg / October 23, 2014 The U.S. and Russia are joining forces to block a European plan to raise the protection of nuclear reactors against natural disasters after the meltdowns at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi power plant, diplomats say.... View Source ›

October 22, 2014

"Kerry expects "deep" engagement with Congress on Iran talks" Reuters / October 22, 2014 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on a visit to Berlin on Wednesday that the Obama administration planned to fully consult Congress about ongoing negotiations with Iran over its nuclear programme.... View Source ›

Parisa Hafezi, " Iran arrests several spies near Bushehr nuclear plant: Fars news agency" Reuters / October 21, 2014 Iranian security services have arrested several suspected spies in the southern province of Bushehr where the country's first nuclear power plant is located, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Tuesday.... View Source ›

Jonathon Tirone, "Nuclear Secrecy Feeds Concerns of Rogues Getting Weapons" Bloomberg / October 21, 2014 As the world’s nuclear monitor tries to prevent weapons-grade material getting into the wrong hands, its determination to keep its methods secret is raising concerns among analysts that it may be risking a fatal mistake.... View Source ›

PTI, "'No Question of India Joining NPT as Non-nuclear Weapon State'" The New Indian Express / October 22, 2014 India has made it clear that there is no question of it joining the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as a non-nuclear weapon state while reaffirming its commitment to check further proliferation of atomic weapons.... View Source ›

"South Africa plans next steps with vendors" World Nuclear News / South Africa is moving towards signing framework agreements with China and Japan and is inviting would-be reactor vendor countries to participate in workshops to showcase their offerings as it moves through the pre-procurement phase of its nuclear new-build plans.... View Source ›

October 22, 2014

"Kerry expects "deep" engagement with Congress on Iran talks" Reuters / October 22, 2014 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on a visit to Berlin on Wednesday that the Obama administration planned to fully consult Congress about ongoing negotiations with Iran over its nuclear programme.... View Source ›

Parisa Hafezi, " Iran arrests several spies near Bushehr nuclear plant: Fars news agency" Reuters / Iranian security services have arrested several suspected spies in the southern province of Bushehr where the country's first nuclear power plant is located, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Tuesday.... View Source ›

Jonathon Tirone, "Nuclear Secrecy Feeds Concerns of Rogues Getting Weapons" Bloomberg / October 21, 2014 As the world’s nuclear monitor tries to prevent weapons-grade material getting into the wrong hands, its determination to keep its methods secret is raising concerns among analysts that it may be risking a fatal mistake.... View Source ›

PTI, "'No Question of India Joining NPT as Non-nuclear Weapon State'" The New Indian Express / October 22, 2014 India has made it clear that there is no question of it joining the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as a non-nuclear weapon state while reaffirming its commitment to check further proliferation of atomic weapons.... View Source ›

"South Africa plans next steps with vendors" World Nuclear News / South Africa is moving towards signing framework agreements with China and Japan and is inviting would-be reactor vendor countries to participate in workshops to showcase their offerings as it moves through the pre-procurement phase of its nuclear new-build plans.... View Source ›

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October 21, 2014

Parisa Hafezi and Louis Charbonneau, "Iran offers 'compromises' in nuclear talks, West unmoved" Reuters / October 21, 2014 Iran is pushing what it portrays as a new compromise proposal in nuclear talks, but Western negotiators say it offers no viable concessions, underscoring how far apart the two sides are as they enter crunch time before a Nov. 24 deadline.... View Source ›

Fredrik Dahl, "Iran acts to comply with interim nuclear deal with powers: IAEA" Reuters / October 20, 2014 Iran is taking further action to comply with an interim nuclear agreement with six world powers, a monthly U.N. atomic agency report showed, a finding the West may see as positive ahead of a November deadline for clinching a long-term deal.... View Source ›

Paul Richter and Ramin Mostaghim, "Report says U.S. may OK more centrifuges in Iran nuclear talks" LA Times / October 20, 2014 The Obama administration has sweetened its offer to Iran in ongoing nuclear negotiations, saying it might accept Tehran operating 4,000 centrifuges, up from the previous 1,300, according to a semiofficial Iranian news agency.... View Source ›

Justin Sink, "White House: Cutting Congress out of Iran deal ‘preposterous’" The Hill / October 20, 2014 The White House is calling claims the administration is trying to bypass Congress on a nuclear deal with Iran “preposterous.”... View Source ›

October 20, 2014

David E. Sanger, "Obama Sees an Iran Deal That Could Avoid Congress" New York Times / October 19, 2014 No one knows if the Obama administration will manage in the next five weeks to strike what many in the White House consider the most important foreign policy deal of his presidency: an accord with Iran that would forestall its ability to make a nuclear weapon. But the White House has made one significant decision: If agreement is reached, President Obama will do everything in his power to avoid letting Congress vote on it.... View Source ›

Robin Emmott, " EU's Ashton to stay on until end of Iran nuclear talks" Reuters / October 20, 2014 European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will continue leading nuclear negotiations with Iran until a deal is reached, even if a November deadline is missed, she said on Monday.... View Source ›

"Iran, powers resume expert-level nuclear talks Wednesday" AFP / October 19, 2014 Expert-level talks between Iran and world powers aimed at clearing the path toward a nuclear deal will be held Wednesday and Thursday in Vienna, a top Iranian official said... View Source ›

Choe Sang-Hun, "Gunfire Exchanged Across Korean Boundary" New York Times / October 19, 2014 South and North Korean troops exchanged gunfire across their tense border on Sunday, even as the South reaffirmed its desire to hold high-level talks with the North.... View Source ›

"Russia ready to talk all disarmament issues, including missile defense — Lavrov" TASS Russian News Agency / October 20, 2014 Russia is ready to discuss all disarmament issues, including missile defense, strategic non-nuclear weapons, placing weapons in the outer space, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in a public lecture on Russian foreign policy affairs in the Russian capital on Monday.... View Source ›

"India Successfully Test-fires N-capable Cruise Missile Nirbhay" Business Insider India / October 17, 2014 India today successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable cruise missile Nirbhay, which means fearless, from the Integrated Missile Test Range located in Chandipur, Odisha. ... View Source ›

October 17, 2014

Jay Solomon, "Oil’s Fall, Militants’ Rise Color Iran Nuclear Talks" The Wall Street Journal / October 17, 2014 The plunge in global energy prices and the rise of Islamic State militants have emerged as wild cards in the international diplomatic effort aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program, said U.S. and European officials.... View Source ›

Paul Richter, "Iran nuclear talks again stuck on Arak reactor's future, official says" Los Angeles Times / October 17, 2014 The future of Iran’s planned research reactor at Arak is again proving a major sticking point in international talks over Tehran’s disputed nuclear program, according to a key negotiator.... View Source ›

George Jahn, "Iran Looks at Compromise Nuke Offer" Associated Press / October 17, 2014 Iran is considering a U.S. proposal at nuclear talks that would allow it to keep more of its nuclear infrastructure intact while still reducing its ability to make an atomic bomb, two diplomats told The Associated Press on Thursday.... View Source ›

Erik Slavin, "2 ballistic missile defense-equipped ships moving to Yokosuka" Stars and Stripes / October 17, 2014 Two additional ships with ballistic missile defense capabilities will relocate to Yokosuka during the next three years, a move aimed at placing the Navy’s best ships in the Asia-Pacific region.... View Source ›

October 16, 2014

Parisa Hafezi and Fredrik Dahl, "Iran says progress made in "very difficult" nuclear talks in Vienna" Reuters / October 16, 2014 Iran's foreign minister said on Thursday that progress was made in "very difficult" nuclear talks with top U.S. and EU diplomats this week when possible solutions were discussed, sources who attended his briefing for Iranian media said.... View Source ›

Ali Akbar Dareini, "Iran Tips Hand About Structure of Secret Services" Associated Press / October 16, 2014 Iran drew back the veil — if slightly — over its intelligence services on Wednesday, with its top nuclear security official crediting them for helping protect the Islamic Republic's atomic program from attempts at sabotage.... View Source ›

Andrea Shalal, "Lockheed says makes breakthrough on fusion energy project" Reuters / October 16, 2014 Lockheed Martin Corp said on Wednesday it had made a technological breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion, and the first reactors, small enough to fit on the back of a truck, could be ready for use in a decade.... View Source ›

"Funding woes delay new Chernobyl cover" DE / October 16, 2014 The casing around the ruined nuclear reactor at Chernobyl is crumbling, causing a renewed radioactive contamination risk. A new cover for the site is under construction - but the project is running out of funding.... View Source ›

"India, Finland to cooperate on civil nuclear energy, spent fuel management" Power Engineering / October 16, 2014 India and Finland signed several agreements, including two for the civil and peaceful use of nuclear energy and the management of nuclear power plant spent fuel.... View Source ›

October 15, 2014

Matt Spetalnick and Parisa Hafezi, "U.S. says no talk now about extending Iran nuclear negotiations" Reuters / October 15, 2014 A senior U.S. official said on Wednesday a deal on Iran's nuclear program was still possible by late next month and there were no talks now about extending the deadline, after Tehran and Moscow indicated more time may be needed.... View Source ›

Sangwon Yoon and Jonathan Tirone, "Iran Nuclear Talks Gain Traction as U.S. Dismisses Extension" Bloomberg / October 15, 2014 Technical solutions are gaining traction among diplomats negotiating over Iran’s nuclear work, making discussions on a possible extension of the talks premature, a U.S. official said today in Vienna.... View Source ›

Laurence Norman, "Iran Nuclear Talks to Resume Thursday" The Wall Street Journal / October 15, 2014 High-level nuclear talks between Iran and six powers will resume in Vienna on Thursday, the European Union said Tuesday, as the two sides work to reach a final agreement by Nov. 24.... View Source ›

Kevin Crowley, "South Africa Eyes China Nuclear Accord After France Agreement" South Africa Eyes China Nuclear Accord After France Agreement / October 15, 2014 South Africa will probably sign a nuclear cooperation accord with China next month after agreeing to a similar deal with France yesterday, according to the country’s nuclear energy company.... View Source ›

Indrani Bagchi, "India, Canada clinch nuclear deal in record time" TNN / October 15, 2014 Canada and India are negotiating commercial contracts for supply of uranium for Indian nuclear reactors. "The nuclear agreement starts a new chapter in relations with India," said John Baird, Canada's foreign minister in an exclusive conversation with TOI. ... View Source ›

October 14, 2014

"Iran expects progress, if no breakthrough, in nuclear talks with EU, US" Reuters / October 14, 2014 Iran does not expect a breakthrough in nuclear talks with the United States and the European Union this week but hopes they will help pave the way for a final deal, its foreign minister said on Tuesday.... View Source ›

"Iran's president says nuclear deal with West 'certain'" Reuters / October 14, 2014 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday a nuclear deal with the West was bound to happen and he believed it could be achieved by a November 24 deadline.... View Source ›

Benoit Faucon, "Rosneft Hires London Firm Zaiwalla on Sanctions Strategy" The Wall Street Journal / October 14, 2014 Russian oil giant OAO Rosneft ROSN.MZ +2.85% is devising a legal strategy to fight Western sanctions in European courts, according to people familiar with the strategy—a tactic modeled on the so-far successful legal campaign waged by Iran’s Bank Mellat.... View Source ›

Anna Fifield, "North Korea’s Kim Jong Un back at work, but with a cane" The Washington Post / October 14, 2014 Kim Jong Un, the mysteriously missing leader of North Korea, has suddenly resurfaced, with state media Tuesday showing him walking with a cane as he gave “field guidance” at a new apartment complex.... View Source ›

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