Daily News: 03/2013

March 29, 2013

David Chance and Phil Stewart, "North Korea readies rockets after U.S. show of force" Reuters / March 29, 2013 North Korea put its missile units on standby on Friday to attack U.S. military bases in South Korea and the Pacific, after the United States flew two nuclear-capable stealth bombers over the Korean peninsula in a rare show of force.... View Source ›

"North Korea tensions: Russia's Lavrov fears 'spiral'" BBC / March 29, 2013 Russia has warned of tensions in North Korea slipping out of control, after Pyongyang said it was placing its missile units on stand-by.... View Source ›

Rachel Oswald, "DHS Touts Successful Maritime Nuclear Detection Drill" Global Security Newswire / March 28, 2013 The Homeland Security Department and local law enforcement agencies on Tuesday carried out an exercise aimed at assessing their readiness to detect nuclear and radiological materials that might be smuggled by boat into New York City.... View Source ›

"Iran, N.Korea, Syria Block Global Arms Treaty" RIA Novosti / March 29, 2013 Delegations from 193 UN member states failed to reach unanimity on the first international treaty establishing rules for cross-border conventional arms trade, due to objections from Iran, North Korea and Syria.... View Source ›

"Energy Department IG Pushes for Cost-Saving Moves at National Labs" Global Security Newswire / March 28, 2013 The Energy Department's top auditor this month said the Obama administration should look to shrink, close or take other steps to reduce costs at the 16 DOE national laboratories, the Center for Public Integrity reported on Wednesday.... View Source ›

"Expert: 'Israel not in position to attack Iran'" Ynetnews / March 29, 2013 'Father of Iran's nuclear program' says there is no way out of current deadlock between western powers, Islamic Republic; says neither US nor Israel in position to attack... View Source ›

"Y-12 to Install New Security Fencing" Global Security Newswire / March 29, 2013 A U.S. nuclear weapons facility in Tennessee on Thursday said it plans by next week to place additional fencing along part its perimeter to help prevent infiltration.... View Source ›

March 28, 2013

Jason Cumming and Matthew DeLuca, "Nuclear-capable stealth bombers sent to South Korea amid Kim Jong Un's threats" NBC News / March 28, 2013 Two American B-2 Spirit stealth bombers practiced an attack on the Korean Peninsula Thursday as part of a military exercise that has sparked angry threats from North Korea. The U.S. military said the planes involved in the firing drill left Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri on a "long-duration, round-trip training mission."... View Source ›

Zubeida Malik, "The man who turned Iran nuclear" BBC / March 28, 2013 In a rare interview, the man dubbed "the father of Iran's nuclear programme" tells how the project began under the Shah, who wanted to leave the option for a bomb open.... View Source ›

"S. Korea worried about N. Korea's 'growing uncertainty': official" Yonhap / March 28, 2013 A high-ranking official at Seoul's foreign ministry said Thursday he was concerned about a "growing uncertainty" in North Korea, with the North cutting a military hotline a day earlier and raising tensions yet again. ... View Source ›

"MEADS Funding Could Continue Under U.S. Spending Bill" Global Security Newswire / March 28, 2013 Newly enacted spending legislation could give the Defense Department the last word on whether to direct $380 million toward completing a controversial multinational battlefield antimissile project or toward ending the program, congressional staffers said in comments reported by The Hill on Tuesday.... View Source ›

"Indian PM assures Russian president on nuclear plant" Indo-Asian News Service / March 27, 2013 DURBAN: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has assured Russian President Vladimir Putin that the first phase of the nuclear power project at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu will be up and running by next month.... View Source ›

Rachel Oswald, "Obama Official Optimistic on CTBT, New Nuke Cuts in Second Term" Global Security Newswire / March 27, 2013 WASHINGTON – The Obama administration in its second term aims to see both U.S. ratification of a treaty to end atomic testing and new nuclear-weapon reductions with Russia, a senior State Department official said on Wednesday.... View Source ›

"South Korean nuclear policy unchanged" World Nuclear News / March 27, 2013 The new South Korean government of Park Geun-hye looks unlikely to waver from its predecessor's staunch support for the country's nuclear energy program.... View Source ›

March 27, 2013

"North Korea warns of 'simmering nuclear war'" Al Jazeera / March 27, 2013 North Korea has again threatened war against South Korea and the United States, saying conditions "for a simmering nuclear war" have been created on the peninsula. The communist state's foreign ministry said it will inform the UN Security Council of the latest situation, as tensions continue to simmer on Wednesday.... View Source ›

"Iran Discusses Details of Potential Uranium Enrichment Curb" Global Security Newswire / March 27, 2013 A meeting last week between Iran and six major governments included extensive discussions on a multilateral offer intended to cool global fears over Tehran's suspected pursuit of a nuclear arms capacity, al-Monitor quoted international relations insiders as saying on Tuesday.... View Source ›

Scott Peterson, "Report: Sanctions may be speeding Iran's nuclear advancement" The Christian Science Monitor / March 26, 2013 Interviews with Iranian officials and others reveal that tough sanctions are hurting Iran's economy – but may also be encouraging defiance by a regime more worried about any appearance of capitulation.... View Source ›

"Nuke-related materials seized in Japan not bound for Myanmar" Yonhap / March 27, 2013 Nuclear-related materials confiscated in Japan from a ship carrying cargo from North Korea were not bound for Myanmar, the chief political advisor to President Thein Sein said Wednesday, denying media allegations of nuclear cooperation between the North and Myanmar.... View Source ›

Greg Kulacki, "Chinese-Russian Joint Statement on Missile Defense" Union of Concerned Scientists / March 27, 2013 Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin included the following short paragraph on missile defense in a lengthy joint statement that covered a wide variety of other topics. It appeared in the section of the statement devoted to international affairs.... View Source ›

"Russia to Equip Submarine Forces With High-Precision Weapons" RIA Novosti / March 27, 2013 Russia plans to equip its submarine forces with long-range high-precision weapons, which will enhance their strategic deterrent capabilities, Russia’s defense minister said Wednesday.... View Source ›

Rachel Oswald, "Russia, U.S. Plan High-Level Missile Defense Talks" Global Security Newswire / March 26, 2013 WASHINGTON -- The United States and Russia agreed on Monday to hold senior-level talks on missile defense following Washington's decision to not develop a controversial ICBM interceptor planned for fielding in Europe.... View Source ›

March 26, 2013

"South Korean president tells North Korea 'abandon nuclear weapons' to survive" Agence France-Presse / March 26, 2013 DAEJEON, South Korea: South Korean president Park Geun-Hye warned North Korea on Tuesday that its only "path to survival" lay in abandoning its nuclear and missile programmes. ... View Source ›

"(LEAD) N. Korea says military to enter combat ready posture" Yonhap / March 26, 2013 North Korea's military will put its missile and artillery units into combat ready posture in order to protect its sovereignty, the country's state media said Tuesday.... View Source ›

"Russia, China Plan Antimissile Collaboration" Global Security Newswire / March 26, 2013 Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping have said their countries would coordinate steps against missile dangers and the spread of ballistic missile technology, Interfax reported on Monday.... View Source ›

"Russia asks for regular U.S. missile defence consultations" Reuters / March 25, 2013 Russia has asked Washington to hold regular consultations on missile defence in Europe, signalling that a shift in U.S. missile shield plans might help to resolve a row that has long strained ties.... View Source ›

Shaun Waterman, "U.S.-Israeli cyberattack on Iran was ‘act of force,’ NATO study found" The Washington Times / March 24, 2013 The 2009 cyberattack by the U.S. and Israel that crippled Iran’s nuclear program by sabotaging industrial equipment constituted “an act of force” and was likely illegal under international law, according to a manual commissioned by NATO’s cyber defense center in Estonia.... View Source ›

"Russian Navy to Receive New Ballistic Missile Sub in 2013" Global Security Newswire / March 25, 2013 Russia's navy is slated to take charge of its second Borei-class ballistic missile submarine before next January, RIA Novosti quoted a service insider as saying on Friday.... View Source ›

"Kazakh Radiological Materials Security Gets Funding Boost" Global Security Newswire / March 25, 2013 The Netherlands is providing $650,000 to a U.S. program to find, extract and safeguard radiological substances in Kazakhstan, the National Nuclear Security Administration announced on Friday.... View Source ›

March 25, 2013

"Obama Says Diplomacy Can Prevent a Nuclear Iran" Associated Press / March 22, 2013 President Barack Obama says he hopes military action isn't required to stop Iran from building a nuclear weapon. But Obama adds that he would never take an option off the table to respond to the threat.... View Source ›

Elaine M. Grossman, "Pakistan’s ‘Strategic Pivot’ May Include Asterisk for Nuclear Arsenal" Global Security Newswire / March 22, 2013 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The Pakistani military and the nation’s recently dissolved government have been touting a “strategic pivot” toward increased cooperation and transparency with regional neighbors, but it is far from clear whether these major shifts would affect Islamabad’s nuclear weapons.... View Source ›

Terril Yue Jones, "U.S. hopeful of strong Chinese action on North Korea" Reuters / March 22, 2013 The United States is optimistic China will take strong action against North Korea by increasing scrutiny of financial transactions with Pyongyang that could contravene fresh U.N. sanctions, a senior U.S. official said on Friday.... View Source ›

Rachel Oswald, "North Korea Won't Have Operational Mobile ICBM Without Testing: Engineer" Global Security Newswire / March 22, 2013 WASHINGTON – There is no possibility that North Korea’s new mobile ICBM is operationally ready for use given its lack of flight-testing, an aerospace engineer said on Friday amid mounting U.S. expressions of concern about the missile.... View Source ›

"China defends deal to build 1000 MW nuclear plant for Pakistan" The Economic Times / March 25, 2013 Tacitly confirming reports of signing of an agreement with Pakistan to build a huge 1000 MW nuclear power plant, China today defended the deal saying that it confirmed to safeguards of the IAEA and rejected allegations that it has violated NSG norms.... View Source ›

"South Korea, US sign military plan against North 'provocations'" BBC / March 25, 2013 South Korea has signed a new military plan with the US to counter what officials call North Korean "provocations".... View Source ›

"Russia, U.S. See Advances Toward New Nuke Talks" Global Security Newswire / March 22, 2013 Senior Russian and U.S. diplomats on Thursday hinted at movement toward new talks on additional nuclear arsenal cuts, the New York Times reported. Acting Undersecretary of State Rose Gottemoeller met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Tuesday and Wednesday in Geneva, Switzerland.... View Source ›

March 22, 2013

Chris Schneidmiller, "Iran Might Seek Latin American Friends to Deter Sanctions, U.S. General Says" Global Security Newswire / March 21, 2013 WASHINGTON – The head of U.S. Southern Command on Wednesday said Iran is opening new diplomatic outposts in Latin American countries with the possible intent of forging partnerships to deter further U.N. economic penalties.... View Source ›

"Khamenei not against nuclear talks with US" Al Jazeera / March 21, 2013 Iran's supreme leader has said he is not opposed to direct talks with the US to resolve Tehran's nuclear standoff with the West, but said he was not optimistic about any developments. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday that such talks would not yield results unless Washington stopped imposing sanctions against the Islamic Republic.... View Source ›

"Israel Backs U.S. Stance on Iran's Nuke Progress" Global Security Newswire / March 21, 2013 Israel backs a U.S. assessment that Iran would need roughly 12 months to assemble a nuclear armament, but Tel Aviv remains concerned about Tehran's production of enriched uranium, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday in comments reported by Reuters.... View Source ›

Terril Yue Jones, "U.S. hopeful of strong Chinese action on North Korea" Reuters / March 22, 2013 The United States is optimistic China will take strong action against North Korea by increasing scrutiny of financial transactions with Pyongyang that could contravene fresh U.N. sanctions, a senior U.S. official said on Friday.... View Source ›

"China, Pakistan reach controversial deal on nuclear power plant, sources say " Washington Free Beacon / March 21, 2013 China and Pakistan reached a formal agreement last month to construct a third nuclear reactor at Chashma that the Obama administration says will violate Beijing’s promises under an international anti-nuclear weapons accord.... View Source ›

"U.S. Congress Approves $380 Million For NATO Missile System" Global Research / March 22, 2013 Congress approves $380 million for Lockheed Martin’s MEADS anti-missile program The MEADS missile defense project is the single largest radar contract in the history of Lockheed Martin’s plant at Electronics Park in Salina... View Source ›

"Russia welcomes US readiness for missile defense dialogue" RT / March 22, 2013 Washington wants to continue dialogue with Moscow on its planned European missile defense shield, says Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister. However, Russia’s causes for concern over the project have not been removed, he underlined.... View Source ›

March 21, 2013

Julian Ryall, "North Korea threatens nuclear attack on US bases in Japan" The Telegraph / March 21, 2013 North Korea has threatened to launch a nuclear attack on US bases in Japan and Guam after Washington used B-52 bombers in a joint military drill with the South.... View Source ›

Ilya Arkhipov & Henry Meyer, "Russia Fears Iran Nuclear-Talks Progress Not Irreversible" Bloomberg / March 21, 2013 Russia is concerned that recent progress in talks over Iran’s disputed nuclear program isn’t “irreversible,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said. “There is real progress, but it isn’t sufficient to talk about an irreversible trend,” Ryabkov, Russia’s chief negotiator at the Iran talks, told reporters in Moscow today.... View Source ›

"Obama vows to keep Iran from nuclear weapon" Al Jazeera / March 20, 2013 Barack Obama, the US president, has promised to work closely with Israel and do whatever is necessary to keep Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. In a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, Obama said that while the US "prefers to resolve" the Iran issue diplomatically, "all options are on the table'' if diplomacy falls short.... View Source ›

Fredrik Dahl, "Nuclear states divided on India joining export control group" Reuters / March 20, 2013 The United States and three other big powers this week argued for allowing nuclear-armed India into an atomic export control group, but China and several European states appeared doubtful about the move, diplomats said on Wednesday.... View Source ›

"Moscow to Discuss Changes in US Missile Defense Plans" RIA Novosti / March 20, 2013 Moscow to Discuss Changes in US Missile Defense Plans... View Source ›

Rachel Oswald, "GOP Applauds New Interceptors For Alaska, Accuses Obama of Secret Deal With Russia" Global Security Newswire / March 20, 2013 WASHINGTON – Republicans on Tuesday simultaneously applauded the Obama administration’s decision to deploy additional long-range ballistic missile interceptors in Alaska and castigated the White House for scaling back antimissile plans in Europe.... View Source ›

Chris Schneidmiller, "Pentagon Can Slash $58B From Nuke Spending Over Decade: Analysis" Global Security Newswire / March 20, 2013 WASHINGTON – The Defense Department can save $50 billion by reducing nuclear arms spending through the coming decade even without cutting the size of the arsenal beyond levels set by a U.S.-Russian arms control treaty, according to a new expert analysis.... View Source ›

March 20, 2013

"Japan Interdicts Ship Carrying Centrifuge Components From N. Korea" Global Security Newswire / March 19, 2013 A North Korean-origin ship's cargo containing several high-quality rods that can be used for uranium enrichment has been intercepted by Japanese authorities, Agence France-Presse reported on Monday.... View Source ›

Matt Spetalnick and Crispian Balmer, "Obama arrives in Israel, vows undying support" Reuters / March 20, 2013 Making his first official visit to Israel, President Barack Obama pledged on Wednesday unwavering commitment to the security of the Jewish State where concern over a nuclear-armed Iran has clouded bilateral relations.... View Source ›

"US flies nuclear-capable B-52 bombers over South Korea amid rising tensions with North Korea " Fox News / March 19, 2013 The United States is flying nuclear-capable B-52 bombers on training missions over South Korea to highlight Washington's commitment to defend an ally amid rising tensions with North Korea, Pentagon officials said Monday.... View Source ›

"U.S. Missile Interceptors Still Set for Romania" Global Security Newswire / March 19, 2013 Romania on Tuesday said it remains on track to house U.S. ballistic missile interceptors under the Obama administration's revised plan for a European antimissile system, the Associated Press reported.... View Source ›

Scott Peterson, "Nuclear talks: Iran unmoved by world powers' latest proposal" Christian Science Monitor / March 19, 2013 Behind closed doors in Istanbul yesterday, six world powers gave Iran more details on their latest proposal to limit Iran’s most sensitive nuclear work – an offer Iran says still has "no balance" because it asks Iran to give up more than it gets in return.... View Source ›

Diane Barnes, "U.S. Brass Sees WMD Threat From Pan-American Smuggling Channels" Global Security Newswire / March 19, 2013 WASHINGTON -- The criminal smuggling channels used to transport illicit drugs into the United States might also be used to move unconventional arms across the nation's borders, several top U.S. military officials warned lawmakers on Tuesday.... View Source ›

"China, Russia to Stand Together on Missile Defense in AsPac" RIA Novosti / March 19, 2013 Russia and China will coordinate their reactions to US plans to boost its missile defense in the Asia-Pacific region, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Tuesday.... View Source ›

March 19, 2013

"Six powers flesh out nuclear proposals in Iran talks" Reuters / March 18, 2013 Six major powers gave Iran more details of their proposals to end a standoff over Tehran's nuclear program in talks in Istanbul on Monday, the European Union (EU) said.... View Source ›

"U.S. Turnabout on ICBM Interceptor May Impact Nuke Talks With Russia" Global Security Newswire / March 18, 2013 The U.S. Defense Department's announcement on Friday that it was pulling back from plans to develop a next-generation ICBM interceptor for fielding in Europe might have a positive impact on nuclear arms reduction discussions with Russia, which strongly opposed the antimissile system as a threat to its long-range strategic forces, according to the Associated Press.... View Source ›

"Experts fear North Korea advertising weapon sales with nuclear tests " Associated Press / March 19, 2013 North Korea's nuclear test last month wasn't just a show of defiance and national pride; it also serves as advertising. The target audience, analysts say, is anyone in the world looking to buy nuclear material.... View Source ›

"White House Picks New WMD Czar" Global Security Newswire / March 19, 2013 The White House has selected its new WMD czar, though the position will now include added responsibilities, Foreign Policy reported on Tuesday. Liz Sherwood-Randall, now serving as National Security Staff senior director for Europe, is scheduled on April 8 to take the position of White House coordinator for defense policy, countering weapons of mass destruction and arms control.... View Source ›

"Defense Contractor Allegedly Compromised Nuclear Secrets to Chinese National in Possible 'Honey Trap'" ABC News / March 19, 2013 A defense contractor and former U.S. Army officer has been charged with communicating national defense secrets to a 27-year-old Chinese national with whom he had a romantic relationship.... View Source ›

Owen Bowcott, "Rules of cyberwar: don't target nuclear plants or hospitals, says Nato manual" The Guardian / March 18, 2013 State-sponsored cyber-attacks must avoid sensitive civilian targets such as hospitals, dams, dykes and nuclear power stations, according to an advisory manual on cyber-warfare written for Nato, which predicts that online attacks could in future trigger full-blown military conflicts.... View Source ›

"Iraqi No-WMD Claims Went Unnoticed Before Invasion" Global Security Newswire / March 18, 2013 U.S. and British analysts of prewar Iraq's WMD capabilities overlooked high-level Iraqi government assertions that Saddam Hussein's now-deposed regime held no unconventional weapons, the London Independent reported on Monday.... View Source ›

March 18, 2013

Kwanwoo Jun, "North Korea Says Nuclear Weapons Not a Bargaining Chip" The Wall Street Journal / March 17, 2013 SEOUL—North Korea said its nuclear weapons program isn't a bargaining chip in a play for economic benefits, and dismissed the prospect of returning to nuclear-disarmament talks with the U.S. at a time of escalating tensions.... View Source ›

Joby Warrick, "Despite sanctions’ toll on Iran, U.S. sees no shift in nuclear behavior" Washington Post / March 17, 2013 Harsh economic sanctions have taken a serious toll on Iran’s economy, but U.S. and European officials acknowledge that the measures have not yet produced the kind of public unrest that could force Iranian leaders to change their nuclear policies.... View Source ›

"North Korea gets warning over nuclear threats from top Pentagon official, who also reassures Seoul" Associated Press / March 18, 2013 A senior U.S. military official visiting Seoul is sending a message to both Koreas: warning Pyongyang over recent threats and reassuring South Korea that military backing won't be hurt by a U.S. budget debate.... View Source ›

"Iran, P5+1 start nuclear talks" Xinhua / March 18, 2013 Iran and the P5+1 group (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) started fresh nuclear talks in Turkey's Istanbul city on Monday... View Source ›

"Japan seizes nuclear-related materials from North Korea cargo" Agence France-Presse / March 18, 2013 Japan has seized aluminium alloy rods which can be used to make nuclear centrifuges from a Singapore-flagged ship which was carrying cargo from North Korea, a government spokesman said Monday. ... View Source ›

"Israel Looking for U.S. Aid Against Syrian Missiles" Global Security Newswire / March 18, 2013 Israel wants the United States to be ready to take military action should it appear Syrian missiles are heading to Hezbollah, or at minimum to sign off on aerial attacks by Tel Aviv, the London Guardian reported on Monday.... View Source ›

Brian Westenhaus, "MIT Develops Meltdown-Proof, Nuclear Waste-Eating Reactor" Oilprice / March 17, 2013 Transatomic, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology spinoff is developing a nuclear reactor designed to overcome the major barriers to nuclear power. For the anti-nuclear folks the design offers to burn up the existing spent fuel from the world’s fleet of nuclear reactors in a design that doesn’t offer a chance for a meltdown. That should be nirvana for those alarmed about atomic energy and weapons proliferation.... View Source ›

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