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March 6, 2015

Louis Charbonneau, "Iran hints might be open to 10-year partial freeze of nuclear work" Reuters / March 6, 2015 Iran's foreign minister on Thursday suggested that a 10-year moratorium on some aspects of the country's nuclear program might be acceptable to Tehran, though he declined to discuss the issue in detail.... View Source ›

"IAEA Team Due in Tehran for Technical talks" Farsnews / March 6, 2015 A team of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is planning to visit Tehran later this month to hold technical talks with senior officials of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI).... View Source ›

Julie Hirschfeld Davis, "Senate Will Postpone Debate on Iran" The New York Times / March 6, 2015 Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, will postpone consideration of a bill giving Congress the authority to review any deal President Obama reaches with Iran on its nuclear program, bowing to opposition from Democrats who charged that he was rushing the measure. ... View Source ›

"Fifth Russian Yasen-Class Attack Nuclear Sub Begins Construction in March" Sputnik / March 6, 2015 Russia’s Sevmash shipyard will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its fifth Yasen-class nuclear submarine, the Arkhangelsk, on March 1.... View Source ›

"Fukushima plant ditch water found radioactive" NHK World / March 6, 2015 The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has found relatively high levels of radioactivity in water collected from a ditch in the upper part of a drainage channel at the complex.... View Source ›

March 5, 2015

"Official: U.S. aiming for March 'understanding' with Iran on nukes" Chicago Tribune / March 5, 2015 A senior U.S. official sought Wednesday to tamp down expectations that negotiations with Iran will result in a formal, preliminary deal this month outlining constraints on Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief for the Islamic Republic.... View Source ›

Laurence Norman, "Iran Talks Closer on One-Year Nuclear ‘Breakout’ Demand" The Wall Street Journal / March 5, 2015 Iran and six major powers are nearing an understanding that a final nuclear deal must be structured around the U.S. demand that Tehran stay at least a year away from amassing enough fuel for a nuclear weapon, according to people familiar with the negotiations.... View Source ›

Jo Biddle, "US says 'tough challenges' remain in Iran nuclear talks" AFP / March 5, 2015 The United States said tough challenges remained to seal a nuclear deal with Iran, vowing not to be distracted by external politics in its quest to stop Tehran acquiring the atomic bomb.... View Source ›

Barbara Lewis and Tom Koerkemeier, "Germany says using tax money for nuclear power 'out of the question'" Reuters / March 5, 2015 Using taxpayers' money to fund nuclear power is "absolutely out of the question", German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Thursday, in an apparent swipe at British plans to finance new atomic generation.... View Source ›

Arthur Neslen, "UK joins Romanian push for new EU nuclear aid package" The Independent / March 5, 2015 UK and seven other EU countries call on commission for increased nuclear aid funding and support to help meet climate targets and energy security objectives... View Source ›

March 4, 2015

"U.S. says 'seriously concerned' about North Korea's nuclear work" Reuters / March 4, 2015 The United States remain seriously concerned about North Korea's nuclear work which it said breached international agreements, it said on Wednesday, a day after the isolated Asian country said it had the power to deter a U.S. "nuclear threat."... View Source ›

Francois De Beaupuy, "Areva to Reduce Spending as More Nuclear-Project Losses Loom" Bloomberg / March 4, 2015 Areva SA will cut operating spending and investments and sell assets as the French nuclear-engineering company braces for additional costs at three large projects in 2015 following a record loss last year.... View Source ›

Aibing Guo, "China Kickstarts Nuclear Power by Approving Two New Reactors" Bloomberg / March 4, 2015 China approved construction of its first nuclear power project since the Fukushima disaster in Japan almost four years ago brought the program to a standstill.... View Source ›

"Iran looking into developing small reactors" Tehran Times / March 4, 2015 The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran plans to build small nuclear reactors, AEOI chief Ali Akbar Salehi has announced.... View Source ›

March 3, 2015

"UN nuclear watchdog says Iran still withholding key information" Al Jazeera / March 3, 2015 The head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog said Monday that Iran had still not handed over key information to his staff, and that his body's investigation into Tehran's atomic program could not continue indefinitely.... View Source ›

Arshad Mohammed, "Iran calls Obama's 10-year nuclear demand 'unacceptable'" Reuters / March 3, 2015 Iran on Tuesday rejected as "unacceptable" U.S. President Barack Obama's demand that it freeze sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years, but said it would continue talks aimed at securing a deal, Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported.... View Source ›

Stephanie Nebehay, "North Korea has power to deter U.S. 'nuclear threat:' foreign minister" Reuters / March 3, 2015 North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong said on Tuesday that his country had the power to deter an "ever-increasing nuclear threat" by the United States with a pre-emptive strike if necessary.... View Source ›

"UN watchdog 'seriously' worried by NKorea nuclear programme" AFP / March 3, 2015 The head of the UN nuclear watchdog said Monday he is "seriously" worried about the North Korean nuclear programme, which has not been subject to international inspections since 2009.... View Source ›

March 2, 2015

Julia Edwards, "Obama to veto bill letting Congress weigh in on Iran deal" Reuters / March 2, 2015 President Barack Obama would veto a bill recently introduced in the U.S. Senate allowing Congress to weigh in on any deal the United States and other negotiating countries reach with Iran on its nuclear capabilities, the White House said on Saturday.... View Source ›

David E. Sanger and Michael R. Gordon, "White House Offers Rebuttal Before Netanyahu’s Speech" The New York Times / March 2, 2015 Just four days before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a joint meeting of Congress, the Obama administration sought on Friday to refute the Israeli leader’s expected critique, arguing that he has failed to present a feasible alternative to American proposals for constraining Iran’s nuclear program.... View Source ›

Michael R. Gordon, "Kerry Is Pushing for Agreement in Iran Nuclear Talks" The New York Times / March 2, 2015 They have spent long hours alone together. They exchange private emails. Their walk along the Rhone River in Geneva in January so unnerved hard-line lawmakers in Tehran that they signed a petition fretting about the duo’s unseemly “intimacy.”... View Source ›

"Seoul: N. Korea test fires 2 short-range missiles" Associated Press / March 2, 2015 North Korea on Monday fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea and warned of "merciless strikes" against its enemies as allies Seoul and Washington launched annual military drills Pyongyang claims are preparation for a northward invasion.... View Source ›

Jeff Schogol, "New phones, computers for nuclear silos are years away" Air Force Times / March 2, 2015 Airman who stand ready to unleash the most destructive power known to humanity will have to make due with 1980s technology for a while longer.... View Source ›

February 27, 2015

Oren Dorell, "U.S. casts doubt on secret Iran nuke facility" USA Today / February 27, 2015 The State Department on Thursday cast doubt on claims by an Iranian dissident group that it has discovered a secret underground Iranian nuclear facility.... View Source ›

Jihad Fakhreddine and Travis Owen, "Iranians More Hopeful for Nuclear Deal" Gallup / February 27, 2015 As negotiations continue between Iran and six major global powers about the future of the country's nuclear program, Iranians have more hope than they did in 2013 that both sides will eventually reach an agreement.... View Source ›

"4-star general to lead nuclear Air Force for 1st time" Associated Press / February 27, 2015 The Air Force has for the first time nominated a four-star general to lead the organization responsible for its nuclear missile corps and strategic bomber fleet.... View Source ›

"Turkey Drives Hard Bargain Over Crucial Missile Deal" AFP / February 27, 2015 Turkey has alarmed fellow NATO members by raising the prospect of handing China a multi-billion dollar missile contract, yet the long-running saga is far from over and Ankara may just be trading for a better deal.... View Source ›

"US Navy conducts 155th test flight of Trident II D5 missile 25 February 2015" Naval Technology / February 27, 2015 The US Navy has successfully conducted the 155th test flight of two unarmed Lockheed Martin-built Trident II D5 Fleet ballistic missiles, which were launched in the Pacific Ocean from a submerged Ohio-class submarine.... View Source ›

February 26, 2015

Alastair Gale, "South Korea Touts ‘Exploratory Talks’ With North Korea on Nukes" The Wall Street Journal / February 26, 2015 Is there finally some progress on getting North Korea back to dialogue about ending its nuclear weapons program?... View Source ›

Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols, "Sanctioned North Korea shipping firm still active, renamed ships - U.N. panel" Reuters / February 26, 2015 A U.N.-blacklisted North Korean shipping company has renamed most of its vessels in a bid to disguise their origin and continues its illicit shipments in violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a U.N. experts report seen by Reuters on Wednesday.... View Source ›

Philip Ewing, "Ash Carter warns Russia on nukes" Politico / February 26, 2015 Ash Carter has quietly thrown down the gauntlet in a lingering dispute with Russia: If President Vladimir Putin continues to violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the U.S. could respond in kind.... View Source ›

"Rouhani seeks clergy support in holy city " Gulf Today / February 26, 2015 President Hassan Rouhani, as decision time looms for a nuclear deal with world powers, sought Wednesday to win the support of the religious community at the "backbone" of the Islamic republic.... View Source ›

February 25, 2015

Jonathan Saul, Parisa Hafezi and Louis Charbonneau, "Exclusive: Iran smuggles in $1 billion of bank notes to skirt sanctions - sources" Reuters / February 25, 2015 At least $1 billion in cash has been smuggled into Iran as it seeks to avoid Western sanctions, a bigger figure than previously reported, Iranian officials and Western intelligence and diplomatic sources say.... View Source ›

Brian Everstine, "Congress to review nuke budget Thursday" Air Force Times / February 25, 2015 Adm. Cecil Haney, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, and Brian McKeon, the principal undersecretary of defense for policy, will testify before the House Armed Services Committee. The committee is expected to discuss the military's response to the cheating scandal and morale issues in the Air Force nuclear community.... View Source ›

"MOX imports have cost at least ¥99.4 billion, much higher than uranium fuel" Jiji Press / February 25, 2015 Five nuclear plant operators have spent at least ¥99.4 billion on imports of plutonium-containing mixed oxide (MOX) fuel since it was first shipped to Japan in 1999, Jiji Press learned on Saturday.... View Source ›

Jo Biddle, "N.Korea may have 100 atomic arms by 2020: US experts" AFP / February 25, 2015 North Korea appears poised to expand its nuclear program over the next five years and in a worst case scenario could possess 100 atomic arms by 2020, US researchers warned Tuesday.... View Source ›

February 24, 2015

Shadia Nasralla, "Iran says to speed up work with IAEA as deadline looms" Reuters / February 24, 2015 The U.S. and Iran are exploring a nuclear deal that would keep Tehran from amassing enough material to make a bomb for at least a decade, but could then allow it to gradually build up its capabilities again.... View Source ›

Jodi Rudoren, "Israeli Views on Iran Diverged, Reports Say" The New York Times / February 24, 2015 Shortly after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel’s dire warning at the United Nations in 2012 that Iran was a mere months away from being able to develop a nuclear bomb, Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency presented a more sober assessment that did not support Mr. Netanyahu’s timetable.... View Source ›

Laurence Norman, "U.S., Iran Explore Option of 10-Year Nuclear Freeze" The Wall Street Journal / February 24, 2015 The U.S. and Iran are exploring a nuclear deal that would keep Tehran from amassing enough material to make a bomb for at least a decade, but could then allow it to gradually build up its capabilities again.... View Source ›

February 23, 2015

Bradley Klapper and George Jahn, "Phased Iran-US nuclear deal taking shape" Associated Press / February 23, 2015 The United States and Iran are shaping the contours of a deal that would initially freeze Tehran's nuclear program but would allow it to slowly ramp up activities that could be used to make nuclear arms over the last years of the agreement's duration.... View Source ›

"Fukushima to OK Radioactive Soil Transfer" Jiji Press / February 23, 2015 The Fukushima prefectural government has decided to accept the transfer of radioactive soil to designated yards where it will be kept provisionally until the establishment of an interim storage facility nearby, officials said Monday. ... View Source ›

"Cracks appear in the nuclear industry" DW.DE / February 23, 2015 Cracks discovered in the walls of Belgian nuclear reactors are causing unease among experts. The reason: a previously unknown phenomenon – material fatigue. There are fears that many more reactors could be affected.... View Source ›

David Jolly, "Areva, French Nuclear Giant, Warns of $5.6 Billion Loss" The New York Times / February 23, 2015 Areva, the French nuclear technology giant, warned on Monday that it was facing a loss of a magnitude that raises doubts about its ability to continue operations without an injection of state funds to restore its capital.... View Source ›

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