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May 22, 2015

Louis Charbonneau, "U.S. official in Israel to discuss Mideast nuclear arms ban" Reuters / May 21, 2015 A senior U.S. official is in Israel to discuss the possibility of a compromise that would keep alive the idea of someday banning nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, U.S. officials and U.N. diplomats said on Thursday.... View Source ›

Jay Solomon, "U.S. Sanctions Triggered by Plane Sale to Iran’s Mahan Air" The Wall Street Journal / May 21, 2015 The U.S. took punitive measures against an Iraqi airline and a Syrian businessman on Thursday over the sale of aircraft to a blacklisted Iranian airline, in a case that has sparked concerns that U.S. sanctions are beginning to fray as foreigners anticipate a nuclear deal with Tehran next month.... View Source ›

Jeffrey Goldberg, "'Look ... It's My Name on This': Obama Defends the Iran Nuclear Deal" The Atlantic / May 21, 2015 In an interview, the U.S. president ties his legacy to a pact with Tehran, argues ISIS is not winning, warns Saudi Arabia not to pursue a nuclear-weapons program, and anguishes about Israel.... View Source ›

Javier Blas and Joe Carroll, "Exxon Deploys More Sanction Watchers as Iran Nuke Deal Looms" Bloomberg / May 21, 2015 Exxon Mobil Corp. is ramping up efforts to track U.S. government work on Iranian sanctions that have locked out American oil companies from the Middle Eastern nation for more than three decades.... View Source ›

"Seoul, Japan, US to discuss North Korea next week" Business Standard / May 22, 2015 Chief nuclear envoys of South Korea, US and Japan will convene here next week on ways to dissuade North Korea from developing nuclear weapons, Seoul's foreign ministry said on Friday.... View Source ›

May 21, 2015

Thomas Erdbrink and David E. Sanger, "Iran’s Supreme Leader Rules Out Broad Nuclear Inspections" NY Times / May 20, 2015 Iran’s supreme leader on Wednesday ruled out allowing international inspectors to interview Iranian nuclear scientists as part of any potential deal on its nuclear program, and reiterated that the country would not allow the inspection of military sites.... View Source ›

"French minister: Iran seeks 24-day period in nuclear talks" Associated Press / May 20, 2015 France’s foreign minister says Iran wants 24 days before international inspectors could visit its nuclear sites in the event of a suspected violation of a deal with world powers over its atomic program.... View Source ›

Anna Fifield, "North Korea says it has technology to make mini-nuclear weapons" Washington Post / May 20, 2015 North Korea claimed Wednesday that it has been able to make nuclear warheads small enough to fit on a missile — a development that, if verified, would mark a major advance in the country’s military capabilities and the threat it can pose to the world.... View Source ›

Ashley Rowland, "State Department doubts North Korea's mini-nuke claim" Stars and Stripes / May 21, 2015 The U.S. government does not believe North Korea’s claim that it has developed nuclear warheads small enough to fit in a missile warhead, adding to the conflicting assessments of Pyongyang’s weapon and delivery capabilities.... View Source ›

Kentaro Hamada and Yuka Obayashi, "Japan approves third nuclear plant for restart" Reuters / May 20, 2015 Japan's nuclear regulator signed off on the basic safety of a reactor at a third nuclear plant on Wednesday, as the country inches toward rebooting its atomic industry more than four years after the 2011 Fukushima disaster.... View Source ›

May 20, 2015

Parisa Hafezi, "Iran's Khamenei rules out interviews with nuclear scientists" Reuters / May 20, 2015 Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday Tehran would not accept "unreasonable demands" by world powers during negotiations over its disputed nuclear program, and ruled out letting inspectors interview its atomic scientists.... View Source ›

George Jahn, "Iran, 6 World Powers Launch New Round of Nuclear Talks" Associated Press / May 20, 2015 Experts from Iran and six world powers are launching a new round of negotiations focused on reaching a deal that curbs Iran's nuclear program.... View Source ›

Nidhi Verma, "With nuclear deal in sight, Iran drives harder bargain in Indian trade talks" Reuters / May 19, 2015 Iranian trade negotiators have become more assertive with Indian counterparts as hopes rise of international sanctions on Tehran easing later this year, sources said, and Indian companies fear they may lose business as more countries bid for projects.... View Source ›

Matthew Pennington, "US: NKorea ‘many years’ from developing submarine missile" Associated Press / May 19, 2015 North Korea is “many years” away from being able to launch ballistic missiles from a submarine but that capability could eventually pose a threat to U.S. allies Japan and South Korea, a top U.S. military officer said Tuesday.... View Source ›

James Pearson, "North Korea ‘Modified' Submarine Missile Launch Photos, U.S. Official Says" Reuters / May 20, 2015 Photos showing a North Korean missile launched from a submarine were manipulated by state propagandists, and the isolated country may still be years away from developing the technology, a top U.S. military official said on Tuesday.... View Source ›

Masumi Suga and Emi Urabe, "Regulator Vouches for Safety of Third Nuclear Plant in Japan" Bloomberg / May 19, 2015 Japan’s nuclear regulator vouched in a draft report for the safety of a reactor on the southern island of Shikoku, boosting the government’s drive to revive atomic power after the meltdown at Fukushima four years ago.... View Source ›

May 19, 2015

Parisa Hafezi, "Iran uses maritime confrontations to project power in Gulf" Reuters / May 18, 2015 Iran is using its sea power in the Gulf to show it will not be cowed by Washington's newly assertive Arab allies, prompting critics to accuse Tehran of destabilizing the region.... View Source ›

Arthur MacMillan, "US reporter to face Iran spy charges next week" AFP / May 18, 2015 The Washington Post's Tehran correspondent Jason Rezaian, in custody for 10 months, will appear in court next week accused of spying and other crimes against Iran, his lawyer said Tuesday.... View Source ›

Paul Vecchiatto, "South Africa to Start Nuclear Buy From July, Minister Says" Bloomberg / May 19, 2015 South Africa, faced with almost-daily power cuts, will start plans to procure nuclear energy from July, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said.... View Source ›

Reuters, "Kerry Says North Korea "Not Even Close" to Taking Steps to Rein In Nuclear Weapons Program" Reuters / May 18, 2015 The United States and China are discussing imposing further sanctions on North Korea, which is "not even close" to taking steps to rein in its nuclear weapons program, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday.... View Source ›

Associated Press, "UK Submariner Who Questioned Nuclear Sub Safety Apprehended" Associated Press / May 19, 2015 Britain's Royal Navy says a submariner who publicly challenged the safety of the country's nuclear fleet has been apprehended.... View Source ›

May 18, 2015

Yasmin Kaye, "US officials: 'Saudis set to buy nuclear weapons from Pakistan'" International Business Times / May 17, 2015 Saudi Arabia is said to have taken the "strategic decision" to acquire "off-the-shelf" nuclear weapons from ally Pakistan, senior US officials told the Sunday Times.... View Source ›

Shadia Nasralla, "Iran prepared for all scenarios in nuclear talks: negotiator" Reuters / May 15, 2015 Iran is prepared for "all scenarios" in talks with world powers about curbing its nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief, its top nuclear negotiator said on Friday when asked what would happen if no final deal was reached by July.... View Source ›

Florence Tan, "Iran deputy oil min says OPEC unlikely to cut output" Reuters / May 18, 2015 The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is unlikely to implement a production cut at its next meeting in June, a senior Iranian official said on Monday.... View Source ›

AFP, "Netanyahu says not too late to stop Iran nuclear deal" AFP / May 17, 2015 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday there was still time to stop an Iranian agreement with world powers that he says would give Tehran nuclear arms.... View Source ›

Carol Morello, "Kerry arrives in Seoul amid rising fears over North Korea" Washington Post / May 17, 2015 Secretary of State John F. Kerry arrived in South Korea on Sunday armed with messages directed north of the 38th parallel at North Korea, which has sowed concerns with its recent actions at sea and in cyberspace.... View Source ›

May 15, 2015

Deb Riechmann, "House passes bill for Congress to review Iran nuclear deal" Associated Press / May 14, 2015 Congress on Thursday sent President Barack Obama a bill to give lawmakers the power to review and potentially reject a nuclear deal with Iran.... View Source ›

Phil Stewart and Jonathan Saul, "Iran navy fires shots at tanker as tensions rise in Gulf" Reuters / May 14, 2015 Iranian naval vessels fired shots at a Singapore-flagged tanker in the Gulf on Thursday, in what appeared to be Iran's latest attempt to settle a legal dispute by force with passing commercial vessels, U.S. officials said.... View Source ›

Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton, "Obama updates Gulf leaders on Iran talks, seeks support for deal" Reuters / May 14, 2015 President Barack Obama on Thursday updated leaders from Gulf states on international efforts to forge a nuclear deal with Iran, U.S. deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said.... View Source ›

Corey Flintoff, "Ice Cold U.S., Russia Relations Put Strain On Nuclear Agreements" NPR / May 14, 2015 As relations between the world's two biggest nuclear powers deteriorate, the treaties and dialogue that kept Russia and the U.S. from nuclear war are fraying.... View Source ›

Shadia Nasralla, "UPDATE 1-Handling radioactive waste at Fukushima plant could be improved -IAEA" Reuters / May 14, 2015 The U.N. nuclear watchdog said the management of radioactive waste and contaminated water at Japan's tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant could be improved despite good progress in cleaning up the site.... View Source ›

May 14, 2015

Sangwon Yoon, "Russia Rejects Automatic Sanctions Return If Iran Cheats on Deal" Bloomberg / May 13, 2015 The Obama administration is trying to sell a nuclear deal with Iran to skeptical Arabs, Israelis and U.S. lawmakers by saying that United Nations sanctions will be restored automatically if the Iranians are caught cheating.... View Source ›

Louis Charbonneau and Robert Muller, "Exclusive: Czechs stopped potential nuclear tech purchase by Iran: sources" Reuters / May 14, 2015 The Czech Republic blocked an attempted purchase by Iran this year of a large shipment of sensitive technology useable for nuclear enrichment after false documentation raised suspicions, U.N. experts and Western sources said.... View Source ›

David E. Sanger, "Saudi Arabia Promises to Match Iran in Nuclear Capability" NY Times / May 13, 2015 When President Obama began making the case for a deal with Iran that would delay its ability to assemble an atomic weapon, his first argument was that a nuclear-armed Iran would set off a “free-for-all” of proliferation in the Arab world. “It is almost certain that other players in the region would feel it necessary to get their own nuclear weapons,” he said in 2012.... View Source ›

Alissa J. Rubin, "Persian Gulf Breach With U.S. Creates Opportunities for France" NY Times / May 13, 2015 The French have been ideally positioned to take advantage of the growing rift in recent weeks between the Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf and the United States. Representatives of those monarchies met with President Obama on Wednesday to discuss their differences and especially their worries over a proposed nuclear deal with Iran.... View Source ›

Shadia Nasralla, "Handling radioactive waste at Fukushima plant could be improved: IAEA" Reuters / May 14, 2015 The U.N. nuclear watchdog said the management of radioactive waste and contaminated water at Japan's tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant could be improved despite "good progress" in cleaning up the site.... View Source ›

May 13, 2015

George Jahn, "AP Interview: UN Nuke Agency Head, Iranian Officials Differ" Associated Press / May 12, 2015 Setting up a potential showdown with Iran, the head of the U.N. atomic agency said Tuesday that a nuclear agreement being worked on by Tehran and six world powers would give his experts the right to push for access to Iranian military sites.... View Source ›

Jake Sherman and Lauren French, "GOP expected to buck conservatives on Iran" Politico / May 12, 2015 House Republican leaders are unlikely to allow amendments to the Senate-passed Iran bill, bucking a clutch of conservatives who wanted to change the language, according to multiple sources familiar with internal planning.... View Source ›

Michael D. Shear, "U.S. Will Remain Tough on Iran, Obama Tells Arab Newspaper" NY Times / May 12, 2015 Ahead of a two-day meeting with senior officials from a half-dozen Persian Gulf countries, President Obama on Tuesday defended his efforts to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, but promised that the United States would not stop trying to prevent Iranian aggression against other nations in the region.... View Source ›

Greer Fay Cashman, "Merkel to Rivlin: Nuclear agreement unlikely to be reached with Iran" JPost / May 12, 2015 German Chancellor Angela Merkel told President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday that reaching an agreement with Iran might prevent further development of Iran’s nuclear capability. However, she added, the current reality shows no promise of an agreement.... View Source ›

PTI, "China building Nuclear plants in Pakistan inconsistent with NGS rules: US" Economic Times / May 13, 2015 China's move to build nuclear power plants in Pakistan is not consistent with the rules of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and the United States has raised this issue in its bilateral meetings with the communist nation, a top Obama Administration official has said. ... View Source ›

May 12, 2015

Lolita C. Baldor and Emily Swanson, "AP-GfK Poll: Many approve Iran deal; Most don’t trust Tehran" Associated Press / May 12, 2015 Many Americans like the idea of the preliminary deal that would limit Iran’s nuclear program but very few people really believe Tehran will follow through with the agreement.... View Source ›

"Experts work on Iran nuke deal ahead of June deadline" Associated Press / May 12, 2015 Experts from Iran and six world powers are gathering in Vienna for the next round of negotiations meant to result in a nuclear deal curbing Tehran’s atomic activities in exchange for sanctions relief.... View Source ›

Karen DeYoung and Juliet Eilperin, "Persian Gulf leaders to press Obama to strengthen U.S. security relationship" Washington Post / May 11, 2015 Persian Gulf leaders, set to convene at a Camp David summit this week, are pressing President Obama to strengthen the U.S. security relationship with the region and expand military assurances to address their growing concerns about Iran, U.S. and regional officials said.... View Source ›

Josh Gerstein, "Feds shift on impact of North Korea leak" Politico / May 11, 2015 Federal prosecutors have retreated after telling a federal judge last week that a high-profile leak case involving a Fox News reporter and North Korea's nuclear weapons program did not reveal any ongoing intelligence effort. ... View Source ›

Louis Charbonneau, "Middle East nuclear weapons ban proposal stumbles at U.N." Reuters / May 12, 2015 A U.N. attempt to work out a ban on nuclear weapons in the Middle East was in jeopardy after Egypt complained on Monday about the lack of progress and demanded the resignation of the Finnish coordinator of the initiative.... View Source ›

May 11, 2015

Steven Mufson, "Obama’s quiet nuclear deal with China raises proliferation concerns" Washington Post / May 1, 2015 It seemed like a typical day for President Obama. He taped a TV interview on trade, hosted the champion NASCAR team on the South Lawn and met with the defense secretary in the Oval Office. ... View Source ›

Andrew Beatty, "Saudi King Salman skips Obama summit" AFP / May 11, 2015 Newly crowned Saudi King Salman has refused an invitation to attend a landmark summit hosted by President Barack Obama, amid angst over US-Iran nuclear negotiations.... View Source ›

Matthew Pennington, "North Korea’s show of force greets US diplomatic overture" Associated Press / May 9, 2015 North Korea greeted a U.S. diplomatic overture with a fresh show of force, seemingly testing the Obama administration’s resolve for new nuclear talks.... View Source ›

Anna Fifield, "North Korea says it has test-fired a missile from a submarine, a first" Washington Post / May 9, 2015 North Korea said Saturday that it had successfully test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile from under the sea, which would mark a major advance in its military capabilities.... View Source ›

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