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November 21, 2014

"Iran rejects West's pressure on nuclear probe, offers site access" Reuters / November 21, 2014 Iran dismissed Western suspicions of atomic bomb research as "wrong and fabricated" on Thursday and said it would be ready to prove this by giving the U.N. nuclear agency access to a site where explosives experiments allegedly had taken place.... View Source ›

George Jahn and Matthew Lee, "Kerry, Zarif Leave Nuclear Talks, Returns Unclear" Associated Press / November 21, 2014 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran's foreign minister decided Friday to pull back from nuclear talks in Vienna, leaving the future of the negotiations unclear less than four days before the deadline for a deal.... View Source ›

"Britain says 'long way to go' for Iran nuclear deal" Reuters / November 21, 2014 Six world powers and Iran have a "long way to go" if they are to succeed in reaching a nuclear agreement by a deadline of next Monday, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said.... View Source ›

Laurence Norman, "Iran Nuclear Talks Extension Would Be Tougher Sell Second Time" The Wall Street Journal / November 21, 2014 Try though they might to deny it, there are growing expectations that international negotiators in nuclear talks with Iran will need a second extension, beyond their Monday deadline.... View Source ›

"Russia says North Korea ready for renewal of nuclear talks" Reuters / November 21, 2014 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday North Korea was ready to resume stalled international talks on its nuclear program.... View Source ›

November 20, 2014

Fredrik Dahl, "Iran still stalling as nuclear deal deadline looms: watchdog" Reuters / November 20, 2014 Iran has yet to explain suspected atomic bomb research to the U.N. nuclear agency, its head said on Thursday, just four days before a deadline for a comprehensive deal between Iran and six world powers to end the 12-year-old controversy.... View Source ›

"Iran refuses to give ground on key Arak reactor" AFP / November 20, 2014 Iran's nuclear chief on Thursday ruled out further negotiations on the design of a reactor that the West fears could be used to produce plutonium for an atomic bomb. The future of the Arak reactor is one of the main issues in talks between Iran and six world powers under way in Vienna aimed at striking a deal on Tehran's nuclear programme by November 24.... View Source ›

"Salehi refutes report on nuclear fuel transfer to Russia" IRNA / November 20, 2014 Vice-President and head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi has rejected reports on transfer of nuclear fuel by Iran to other countries such as Russia as fabrication.... View Source ›

"No signs of N. Korea's immediate nuke test: Seoul defense chief" Yonhap / November 20, 2014 South Korea's defense chief said Thursday he does not expect North Korea to carry out a nuclear test "at an early date," with his ministry vowing to maintain a strong military posture against possible provocations by the North.... View Source ›

Anna Fifield, "Angry over human rights pressures, North Korea threatens another nuclear test" The Washington Post / November 20, 2014 With its trademark belligerence, North Korea threatened Thursday to conduct another nuclear test in response to the “grave political provocation” of international efforts to charge the country’s leader with crimes against humanity.... View Source ›

November 19, 2014

Fredrik Dahl and Parisa Hafezi, "Iran to resist 'excessive' demands in push for nuclear deal" Reuters / November 19, 2014 Iran said it would resist Western pressure to make what it considered to be excessive concessions in nuclear talks that started on Tuesday, highlighting obstacles that could prevent a historic deal being reached by a Nov. 24 deadline.... View Source ›

"Kerry Holds Off On Joining Iran Nuclear Talks" Radio Free Europe / November 19, 2014 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has pushed back a visit to Vienna, where international negotiators are trying to seal a deal on Iran's nuclear program ahead of a commonly agreed November 24 deadline.... View Source ›

Andrea Shalal, "Boeing aims to make missile defence more like space programs" Reuters / November 19, 2014 Boeing is working with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency to address quality and reliability issues with the sharply criticized $41 billion homeland missile defence system by adopting controls from space programs, a company official said.... View Source ›

"Australia, India to expedite trade agreement" World Nuclear News / November 19, 2014 The prime ministers of India and Australia have underlined their commitment to implementing agreements that will enable Australian uranium to be exported to India.... View Source ›

"Russia lauds US participation in NPT International Conference in Moscow November 21" ITAR-TASS / November 19, 2014 Russia lauds the fact that US officials will arrive in Moscow on November 21 to take part in the International Conference on the Non-Proliferation, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Wednesday.... View Source ›

November 18, 2014

David E. Sanger, Steven Erlanger and Jodi Rudoren, "Iran Nuclear Pact Faces an Array of Opposing Forces" The New York Times / November 18, 2014 When President Obama wrote last month to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, urging him to overcome a decade of mistrust and negotiate a deal limiting Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, it was perhaps the president’s last effort to reach a reconciliation with Iran that could remake the Middle East.... View Source ›

"U.S. 'disappointed' with Iran's IAEA cooperation ahead of nuclear talks" Reuters / November 18, 2014 The United States is disappointed with Iran's failure to engage with a U.N. nuclear agency investigation into suspected atomic bomb research, a U.S. envoy said on Monday.... View Source ›

"S. Korea urged to build facility for nuclear waste by 2055" Xinhua / November 18, 2014 A South Korean public-debate commission on Tuesday asked the government to build a facility by 2055 to permanently dispose of spent nuclear fuel after a year- long review.... View Source ›

"Ten more years to complete US MOX plant" Nuclear Engineering International / November 18, 2014 The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has signed an order extending the completion deadline for a mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility in South Carolina until 2025.... View Source ›

Brian Everstine, "AF creates teams to address nuclear infrastructure problems" Air Force Times / November 18, 2014 Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, has a new maintenance team with the specific mission of quickly fixing problems in the base's aging missile control centers, a long-standing concern.... View Source ›

November 17, 2014

"India successfully test-fires Dhanush ballistic missile" Strategic Defense Intelligence / November 17, 2014 India has successfully tested its surface-to-surface, nuclear-capable Dhanush ballistic missile, aboard a naval vessel off the Odisha coast in the Bay of Bengal.... View Source ›

"Pakistan tests intermediate range ballistic missile" IANS / November 17, 2014 Pakistan Monday conducted a test launch of an intermediate range ballistic missile which is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 900 km, the military said.... View Source ›

Thomas Wyke, "US Begin $1 Trillion Upgrade of Nuclear Weapons Arsenal" International Business Times / November 17, 2014 The US has announced that an emergency spending programme will be carried out in order to update its ageing nuclear arsenal. Up to $1 trillion (£640bn) will be spent as part of a 30-year plan to upgrade an array of missiles, submarines and bombers.... View Source ›

"Final nuclear pact must include lifting of all sanctions, Iran insists" Tehran Times / November 17, 2014 The secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council has said that removing all sanctions and entitling Iran to enjoy its legal rights to use nuclear technology within the framework of the Non-Proliferation Treaty should be included in any final nuclear agreement.... View Source ›

Brian Everstine, "Hagel directs leadership changes, new funding for nuclear community" Air Force Times / November 17, 2014 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed the Air Force to elevate its top nuclear missile leadership, and authorized the Defense Department to request a 10 percent increase in funding for its nuclear enterprise every year for the next five years to address systematic issues across the nuclear triad.... View Source ›

November 14, 2014

Patricia Zengerle, "Lawmakers try, but fail, to force vote on Iran sanctions bill" Reuters / November 14, 2014 Republican lawmakers tried to force a vote in the U.S. Senate on Thursday on a bill to impose tough new sanctions on Iran if negotiators do not reach what they see as an acceptable nuclear deal, but the measure failed to move ahead.... View Source ›

"France's Fabius says key questions remain on Iran nuclear deal" Reuters / November 14, 2014 France said on Thursday that important questions still needed to be resolved regarding Iran's nuclear program but that it hoped to reach an agreement by Nov. 24.... View Source ›

"Nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile successfully test fired" Press Trust of India / November 14, 2014 India on Friday successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi-II surface-to-surface missile, which has a strike range of 350 km, from a test range at Chandipur near here as part of a user trial by Army. ... View Source ›

Robert Burns, "Hagel: Top-to-bottom changes needed in nuke force" Associated Press / November 14, 2014 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is ordering top-to-bottom changes in how the nation's nuclear arsenal is managed, vowing to invest billions of dollars more to fix what ails a force beset by leadership lapses, security flaws and sagging morale.... View Source ›

Michael R. Gordon, "Russia to Curtail Nuclear Security Efforts With U.S." The New York Times / November 14, 2014 Russia has informed the United States that it is planning to reduce its participation next year in a joint effort to secure nuclear materials on Russian territory, a move that could seriously undermine more than two decades of cooperation aimed at ensuring that nuclear bomb components do not fall into the hands of terrorists or a rogue state.... View Source ›

November 13, 2014

"U.N. nuclear agency corrects data on Iran's uranium stockpile" Reuters / November 13, 2014 The U.N. atomic agency has corrected data to lower its estimate of the size of Iran's uranium stockpile, a figure watched ahead of this month's deadline for Tehran and six world powers to settle a dispute over Iran's nuclear program.... View Source ›

Louis Charbonneau and Parisa Hafezi, "Final deal in Iran nuclear talks unlikely by deadline: sources" Reuters / November 13, 2014 Despite nearly a year of negotiations, Iran and six major powers are unlikely to meet a Nov. 24 deadline to reach a final deal to lift international sanctions on Tehran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program, officials say.... View Source ›

Fredrik Dahl, "Iran cites nationality for refusing to let in U.N. nuclear expert" Reuters / November 13, 2014 Iran said on Wednesday it did not let a U.N. atomic agency official into the country as part of a team investigating its disputed nuclear activities because of the person's nationality.... View Source ›

"Iran denies nuclear scientist killed in Syria: IRNA" Reuters / November 13, 2014 Iran denied on Wednesday a monitoring group's report that an Iranian nuclear scientist had been killed in Syria last week, according to the official IRNA news agency.... View Source ›

Oren Dorrell, "Russia flexes muscle with bomber flights near U.S." USA Today / November 13, 2014 On the same day that NATO warned of Russia moving combat troops into eastern Ukraine, Russia announced Wednesday that it will restart long-range bomber flights near the U.S. from the Caribbean to the Gulf of Mexico.... View Source ›

November 12, 2014

Thomas Grove, "Russia sees chance of deal at nuclear talks with Iran" Reuters / November 12, 2014 A senior Russian diplomat expressed optimism on Wednesday that a deal could be reached this month between world powers and Tehran on curbing Iran's nuclear program despite "deep gaps" on some issues.... View Source ›

Jay Solomon and Carol E. Lee, "Deadline for Iran Nuclear Accord in Doubt" The Wall Street Journal / November 12, 2014 Global powers and Iran signaled they will extend their diplomacy beyond a Nov. 24 deadline if necessary, as three days of talks aimed at curbing Tehran’s nuclear program failed to win any major breakthroughs.... View Source ›

Vladimir Isachenkov, "Russia to build more nuclear reactors in Iran" Associated Press / November 12, 2014 Russia signed a contract Tuesday to build two more nuclear reactors in Iran to be possibly followed by another six, a move intended to cement closer ties between the two nations.... View Source ›

"India Test Launches Nuclear Capable Agni-II Ballistic Missile" Al Defayia / November 12, 2014 The Indian military successfully conducted a test launch of a medium-range nuclear capable Agni-II ballistic missile from a rocket pad in Orissa.... View Source ›

"Largest-ever CTBT on-site inspection exercise begins in Jordan" CTBTO / November 12, 2014 Under the royal patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II, a full-scale exercise of an on-site inspection under the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), the Integrated Field Exercise 2014 (IFE14), has started in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. ... View Source ›

November 10, 2014

Warren Strobel, "Iran, West hold unscheduled second day of nuclear talks" Reuters / November 10, 2014 Iran, the United States and the European Union began an unscheduled second day of talks on Monday over disagreements blocking the resolution of a confrontation over Tehran's nuclear program, U.S. and Iranian officials said.... View Source ›

"Five nuclear engineers, one of them Iranian, killed in Syria: monitor" Reuters / November 10, 2014 Gunmen killed five nuclear engineers, four of them Syrian and one Iranian, on the outskirts of Damascus on Sunday, a monitoring group said on Monday.... View Source ›

Kevin Crowley, "China Becomes Latest Country to Sign South Africa Nuclear Accord" Bloomberg / November 10, 2014 South Africa, the continent’s second-largest economy and biggest power producer, signed a nuclear cooperation accord with China following similar agreements with Russia and France.... View Source ›

"North Korea nuclear issue not raised in prisoner release visit: Obama" Reuters / November 10, 2014 The United States did not raise North Korea's banned nuclear program during the visit by a senior U.S. official to secure the release of two American prisoners, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday.... View Source ›

Steven Beardsley, "Navy to commission missile defense base in Romania" Stars and Stripes / November 10, 2014 The Navy will commission its new missile defense base in southern Romania on Friday, one of two European land-based interceptor sites for a NATO missile shield vehemently opposed by Russia.... View Source ›

November 6, 2014

Warren Strobel and John Irish, "Iran nuclear deal harder after Nov. 24 - Kerry" Reuters / November 6, 2014 Reaching a nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers will be more difficult if negotiations drag beyond a November 24 deadline, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday.... View Source ›

Parisa Hafezi and Mehrdad Balali, "Iran hardliners want nuclear deal but no ties with Washington" Reuters / November 6, 2014 Iran may be ready to reach a nuclear deal with world powers to revive its economy, but is in no rush to go further by restoring relations with the United States, calculating this would imperil its domestic support.... View Source ›

Lara Jakes, "US, France cite concerns about Iran nuclear talks" Associated Press / November 6, 2014 With time running out on the latest round of negotiations, France and the United States on Wednesday stepped up demands for Iran to prove that its nuclear program is peaceful - or risk scuttling the closest chance for a deal in years and losing a chance to ease crippling sanctions on Tehran's economy.... View Source ›

Vladimir Isachenkov, "Russia explains why it would snub nuclear summit" Associated Press / November 6, 2014 Russia said Wednesday it has decided not to engage in preparations for a nuclear summit in Washington, arguing that it serves little purpose and gives too much weight to the U.S.... View Source ›

Bruce Jones and Peter Felstead, "Russia exercises its strategic nuclear 'triad'" IHS Jane's Defence Weekly / November 6, 2014 Since 28 October Moscow has tested and exercised all three components of its nuclear arsenal, including the firing of submarine-launched and land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (SLBMs and ICBMs) as well as extensive long-range strategic bomber sorties.... View Source ›

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