Daily News: 09/2015

September 30, 2015

Osamu Tsukimori, "Iranian condensate exports at 2015 high as China resumes buying -sources" Reuters / September 30, 2015 Iran's condensate exports in September hit the highest monthly total so far this year, after its top client China resumed buying of the ultra-light crude for the first time in six months, two sources familiar with the matter said.... View Source ›

Abigail Williams, "Obama and Iran Foreign Minister Shake Hands at U.N." NBC / September 29, 2015 President Barack Obama and Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shook hands during a brief exchange at the U.N. General Assembly in New York.... View Source ›

Laura Zuckerman, "Ex-Idaho governor sues U.S. to force disclosure of nuclear waste plan" Reuters / September 30, 2015 A former Idaho governor sued the U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday seeking information he said the agency was concealing about a proposal to ship nuclear waste into the state in violation of a 20-year-old federal agreement.... View Source ›

Patrick Wintour, "Jeremy Corbyn: I would never use nuclear weapons if I were PM" The Guardian / September 30, 2015 Jeremy Corbyn would instruct the UK’s defence chiefs never to use the Trident nuclear weapons system if he became prime minister in 2020, the new Labour leader has confirmed.... View Source ›

Catherine Putz, "Citing Iran, South Korea’s President Urges UN to Focus on North Korea" The Diplomat / September 29, 2015 President Park Geun-hye of South Korea, speaking at the United Nations General Assembly debate yesterday, cited the Iran nuclear deal completed this summer in urging the international community to focus on resolving the North Korean nuclear issue. In addition, she highlighted the need for regional cooperation in northeast Asia.... View Source ›

September 29, 2015

Oren Dorrell, "Iran's President Rouhani wants global role after nuclear deal" USA Today / September 29, 2015 ... View Source ›

Laurence Norman, "Parties in Iran Nuclear Deal Aim for Implementation in Early 2016" Wall Street Journal / September 29, 2015 ... View Source ›

Rebecca Shimoni Stoil , "Iran, world powers hold ‘excellent’ meeting on nuclear deal" Times of Israel / September 29, 2015 ... View Source ›

Oliver Milman, "Nuclear industry to push for Australia to adopt 'clean, affordable power'" The Guardian / September 29, 2015 ... View Source ›

L. Todd Wood , "ISIS Planning 'Nuclear Tsunami'" Washington Times / September 29, 2015 ... View Source ›

Elizabeth Shim, "South Korean president calls on North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons" UPI / September 29, 2015 ... View Source ›

September 28, 2015

Scott Neuman, "Rouhani: There Are 'Differing Viewpoints' In Iran Over Nuclear Deal" NPR / September 27, 2015 Iran's President Hassan Rouhani tells NPR that much like in the United States, there are in his country "two differing viewpoints" on the six-party nuclear deal — one that is cautiously optimistic of success and another that is highly skeptical of Washington's desire to live up to its end of the bargain.... View Source ›

Thomas Erdbrink, "A Warm Welcome Expected at U.N. for Hassan Rouhani of Iran" New York Times / September 27, 2015 President Hassan Rouhani of Iran is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly on Monday.... View Source ›

Nidhi Verma, "India to pay $700 mln to Iran in outstanding oil dues this week" Reuters / September 28, 2015 India will make a $700 million oil payment to Iran on Wednesday, sources said, the first release of such funds after the July deal that sets the roadmap for the lifting of sanctions aimed at Tehran's nuclear activities.... View Source ›

Jason Bush, "Iran to buy $21 billion in Russian space equipment and aircraft: Sputnik" Reuters / September 26, 2015 Iran has signed contracts worth $21 billion to buy satellite equipment and aircraft from Russia, Manouchehr Manteghi, the managing director of Iran Aviation Industries Organization, said in an interview with Russian agency Sputnik on Saturday.... View Source ›

Jack Kim, "Satellite, missile test or space junk? North Korea readies launch" Reuters / September 27, 2015 The satellite that North Korea launched into space three years ago circles the earth every 95 minutes at an altitude of about 540 km (335 miles), its orbit decaying.... View Source ›

Jill Lawless, "UK’s Labour backs down on vote on scrapping nuclear weapons" Associated Press / September 27, 2015 Britain’s Labour Party has decided to leave the country’s nuclear weapons alone. The opposition party’s new leader, Jeremy Corbyn, opposes atomic weapons, and had said the issue would be debated at the party’s annual conference, which opened Sunday.... View Source ›

September 28, 2015

Scott Neuman, "Rouhani: There Are 'Differing Viewpoints' In Iran Over Nuclear Deal" NPR / September 27, 2015 Iran's President Hassan Rouhani tells NPR that much like in the United States, there are in his country "two differing viewpoints" on the six-party nuclear deal — one that is cautiously optimistic of success and another that is highly skeptical of Washington's desire to live up to its end of the bargain.... View Source ›

Thomas Erdbrink, "A Warm Welcome Expected at U.N. for Hassan Rouhani of Iran" New York Times / September 27, 2015 President Hassan Rouhani of Iran is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly on Monday.... View Source ›

Nidhi Verma, "India to pay $700 mln to Iran in outstanding oil dues this week" Reuters / September 28, 2015 India will make a $700 million oil payment to Iran on Wednesday, sources said, the first release of such funds after the July deal that sets the roadmap for the lifting of sanctions aimed at Tehran's nuclear activities.... View Source ›

Jason Bush, "Iran to buy $21 billion in Russian space equipment and aircraft: Sputnik" Reuters / September 26, 2015 Iran has signed contracts worth $21 billion to buy satellite equipment and aircraft from Russia, Manouchehr Manteghi, the managing director of Iran Aviation Industries Organization, said in an interview with Russian agency Sputnik on Saturday.... View Source ›

Jack Kim, "Satellite, missile test or space junk? North Korea readies launch" Reuters / September 27, 2015 The satellite that North Korea launched into space three years ago circles the earth every 95 minutes at an altitude of about 540 km (335 miles), its orbit decaying.... View Source ›

Jill Lawless, "UK’s Labour backs down on vote on scrapping nuclear weapons" Associated Press / Britain’s Labour Party has decided to leave the country’s nuclear weapons alone. The opposition party’s new leader, Jeremy Corbyn, opposes atomic weapons, and had said the issue would be debated at the party’s annual conference, which opened Sunday.... View Source ›

September 25, 2015

George Jahn, "Interview: UN nuke chief pushback against Iran probe critics" Associated Press / September 23, 2015 The head of the U.N. nuclear agency pushed back on Thursday against critics questioning the wisdom of letting Iranian experts take samples meant to help determine whether their own country clandestinely worked in the past on atomic arms, saying he is convinced the process was faultless.... View Source ›

Pawel Sobczak and Wiktor Szary, "Poland joins flock seeking business in Iran after nuclear deal" Reuters / September 25, 2015 Poland sent a high-level delegation including pharmaceutical, chemical and railway executives to Iran on Friday, joining a string of Western states hoping to exploit opportunities opened by Tehran's nuclear agreement with world powers.... View Source ›

Matthew Pennington, "NKorea launch unlikely at upcoming anniversary" Associated Press / September 24, 2015 A North Korean long-range rocket launch appears unlikely at the upcoming 70th anniversary of the ruling party, a U.S. research institute said Thursday.... View Source ›

Sam Kim, "North Korea Would Pay Price for 4th Nuclear Test, Park Says" Bloomberg / September 24, 2015 North Korea will pay a price if it defies the United Nations and follows through on recent threats to conduct a fourth nuclear test or launch a long-range rocket, South Korean President Park Geun Hye said.... View Source ›

Adriana Barrera, "Mexico eyes construction of two new nuclear reactors -official" Reuters / September 24, 2015 Mexico is studying the possibility of adding two new reactors to the country's only nuclear power plant and could decide next year whether to seek permits to build them, a top energy ministry official said.... View Source ›

Jean-Baptiste Bey, Michel Rose, and Geert, "France's Fessenheim nuclear plant won't close by 2016 -Hollande" Reuters / September 24, 2015 France's oldest nuclear plant at Fessenheim will not close by 2016, President Francois Hollande was quoted saying on Thursday, going back on a campaign promise, but he added the government will launch "irreversible" procedures for shutting the plant.... View Source ›

September 24, 2015

Patricia Zengerle, "Republican lawmaker raises Iran nuclear deal tax question" Reuters / September 23, 2015 A powerful U.S. Republican lawmaker asked President Barack Obama to explain whether the Iran nuclear agreement would eliminate U.S. tax penalties on companies that do business with Iran.... View Source ›

Ben Blanchard, "China Offers Iran Technical Upgrades to Boost Economy" Reuters / September 24, 2015 A senior Chinese official has offered Iran help with upgrading its manufacturing technology to boost its economy, saying that the two countries are good partners who have weathered many storms together, the government said on Thursday.... View Source ›

Roland Oliphant, Justin Huggler, and Raf Sanchez, "Russia threatens US with nuclear arms 'counter-measures" Telegraph / September 23, 2015 Russia has threatened to take “countermeasures” if the United States goes ahead with the deployment of a new type of nuclear weapon to bases in Germany, raising fears of a return to a Cold War style arms race in Europe.... View Source ›

"No Meeting Scheduled for Pakistan and India at UN General Assembly" Reuters / September 24, 2015 Nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan have no plan to meet at the upcoming U.N. General Assembly, the Pakistani foreign office said on Thursday, scotching speculation that the leaders of the two nations might seek the opportunity to improve rocky ties.... View Source ›

"Fermi 2 Plant to Remain Shut Down for Refueling, Maintenance" Associated Press / September 24, 2015 DTE Energy Co. says the reactor at the Fermi 2 nuclear power plant in southeastern Michigan will remain shut down as refueling and maintenance work is moved up.... View Source ›

September 23, 2015

Richard Cowan and Patricia Zengerle, "Republican Cruz keeps pressure on Iran deal in U.S. budget debate" Reuters / September 22, 2015 Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz said on Tuesday that Congress should use legislation funding the government to force President Barack Obama's administration to hand over more information about the nuclear agreement with Iran.... View Source ›

"Reports: US nuclear 'upgrades' in Europe" Deutsche Welle / September 23, 2015 Upgrades of six US air bases set to stock modernized B61 nuclear bombs are continuing in Turkey and Europe, according to US and German researchers. They claim Turkey's Incirlik base stocks at least 50 such US weapons.... View Source ›

"Russia says will respond if US places new nukes in Germany" Associated Press / September 23, 2015 The Kremlin says Russia will take countermeasures if the U.S. places new nuclear weapons at a base in Germany.... View Source ›

Gene Johnson and Phuong Le, "Chinese president pledges cooperation on cyber issues" Associate Press / September 23, 2015 Chinese President Xi Jinping said Tuesday that China and the United States could work together to address cyber crimes, a problem that has sparked mutual tension.... View Source ›

September 22, 2015

Laurence Norman, "U.N. Nuclear Watchdog Defends Iran Probe" Wall Street Journal / September 22, 2015 Iran revealed Monday that it took its own samples at a suspect military site without international inspectors present, sparking fresh criticism in Congress of a United Nations investigation into whether Tehran once worked on nuclear weapons.... View Source ›

Alexandra Zavis, "IAEA reports 'significant progress' in its investigation of Iran's nuclear activities" Los Angeles Times / September 21, 2015 The International Atomic Energy Agency has made “significant progress” in its investigation of Iran’s nuclear activities, the head of the organization said Monday after a weekend visit during which United Nations officials were granted access to the controversial Parchin military site for the first time in nearly a decade.... View Source ›

Doina Chiacu, "White House sees signs Iran cooperating in IAEA nuclear inspections" Reuters / September 22, 2015 The White House said on Monday it was seeing indications Iran was cooperating with inspectors from the U.N. nuclear watchdog and credited tough international sanctions over Tehran's nuclear program.... View Source ›

Paul Sandle and Karolin Schaps, "China could develop and own nuclear plant in Britain: UK finance minister" Reuters / September 21, 2015 China could build and own a nuclear power plant in Britain in future, UK finance minister George Osborne said on Monday, potentially paving the way for China's first nuclear project in the West.... View Source ›

Rick Noack, "The nuclear disaster at Fukushima didn’t have to happen" Washington Post / September 22, 2015 After a devastating tsunami left 18,000 people dead in 2011, Japan was about to face a potentially more significant disaster as several reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant started to melt down. More than 300,000 people were evacuated.... View Source ›

September 21, 2015

Bozorgmehr Sharafedin and Sam Wilkin, "Iranian nuclear experts take Parchin samples without IAEA: IRNA" Reuters / September 21, 2015 Iranian nuclear experts have taken environmental samples from the military base at Parchin without United Nations inspectors being present, the spokesman for Iran's atomic energy agency was quoted as saying on Monday.... View Source ›

George Jahn, "UN nuke agency: Iran's role in nuclear probe meets standards" Associated Press / September 21, 2015 The chief of the U.N. nuclear agency acknowledged Monday that samples used to determine whether Iran tried to develop a nuclear weapon were collected by the Iranians instead of agency experts, but insisted the probe stands up to strict agency standards.... View Source ›

Laurence Norman, "IAEA Chief Says Significant Progress Made in Probe Into Iran’s Past Nuclear Work" Wall Street Journal / September 21, 2015 The head of the United Nations atomic agency said Monday that significant progress has been made in its probe into Iran’s past nuclear work and confirmed that Iranian officials took part in sample-taking at the Parchin military site as part of the agency’s investigation.... View Source ›

"IAEA Director General's Remarks to the Press on Visit to Iran" IAEA / September 21, 2015 Prepared remarks by DG Amano following his visit to Iran.... View Source ›

Steve Kroft, "Rouhani talks Iran nuclear deal in "60 Minutes" interview" CBS / September 18, 2015 "60 Minutes" correspondent Steve Kroft spoke with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran in his first interview with a Western journalist since July's agreement.... View Source ›

Deb Riechmann, "Iran Nuclear Deal Is Done, but Not the Debate in Congress" Associated Press / September 19, 2015 The 60-day congressional review period has expired, and last week the State Department outlined its plan to put in place an accord that aims to prevent Iran from becoming nuclear-armed. Congress is poised to start cranking out legislation to reinstate sanctions or shore up what some lawmakers say is an ill-fated pact with a state supporter of terrorism.... View Source ›

September 18, 2015

Louis Charbonneau and John Irish, "Experts urge release of details of IAEA inspection at Iran site" Reuters / September 18, 2015 Several nuclear security experts are urging the United Nations nuclear watchdog and world powers to release details of how a sensitive Iranian military site will be inspected as part of a landmark nuclear deal reached in July.... View Source ›

Bradley Klapper, "US starts carrying out nuke deal as time expires on GOP" Associated Press / September 17, 2015 The Obama administration began carrying out the Iran nuclear deal Thursday as time expired on Republican efforts to derail it, appointing a senior diplomat to ensure that Tehran moves further away from bomb-making capability and outlining a months-long process before Western nations will start easing economic sanctions.... View Source ›

Patricia Zengerle, "Last bid to kill Iran nuclear deal blocked in Senate" Reuters / September 17, 2015 U.S. Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked legislation meant to kill the Iran nuclear deal for a third time, securing perhaps the greatest foreign policy win of President Barack Obama's six years in office and clearing the way to implement the accord.... View Source ›

George Jahn, "UN nuclear conference votes down anti-Israel resolution" Associated Press / September 17, 2015 n Arab-led attempt to censure Israel over its "nuclear capabilities" failed Thursday, with states backing the Jewish state at the U.N atomic agency's annual meeting voting down a resolution critical of the Jewish state. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the result as a "great victory."... View Source ›

Christopher Bodeen, "China to respond firmly to any North Korea nuke test" Associated Press / September 18, 2015 If North Korea launches a rocket into space or conducts a nuclear test in the coming weeks, as observers suspect it may, China is certain to respond angrily, and perhaps with an unprecedented level of economic punishment. The question is whether North Korea can be swayed even by its most important ally.... View Source ›

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