Daily News: 08/2014

August 29, 2014

"Iran's foreign minister hopes for nuclear accord 'in short time left' till deadline" Reuters / August 29, 2014 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tehran hoped to reach a "positive result" in talks with world powers on its nuclear programme ahead of a November deadline, thanks in part to support from Russia.... View Source ›

"Fukushima gov. indicates accepting radioactive waste storage" Kyodo / August 29, 2014 The Fukushima Prefecture government effectively accepted Friday a central government plan to store radioactive waste from decontamination operations following the March 2011 nuclear disaster within the prefecture for three decades.... View Source ›

"Iran warns UN on aftermaths of Israels violation of its air space" IRNA / August 29, 2014 Following violation of Iranian air space by an Israeli drone, Iranian envoy in UN in a letter addressed to UN officials condemned Zionist regime criminal act and warned about aftermaths of such aggressive, intriguing moves.... View Source ›

"UN Secretary-General's message for International Day against Nuclear Tests" / August 29, 2014 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has issued the following message for the International Day against Nuclear Tests.... View Source ›

"Australian PM Tony Abbott to visit India next week; uranium deal tops agenda" DNA India / Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will undertake his first visit to India next week to further strengthen the strategic partnership and promote trade and investment between the two countries, which are also likely to ink the much-awaited uranium deal.... View Source ›

August 28, 2014

"More ALPS equipment approved for use at Fukushima plant" The Asahi Shimbun / August 28, 2014 Additional decontamination machines will be installed at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant to treat the hundreds of tons of radioactive groundwater collected at the facility daily, the Nuclear Regulation Authority said Aug. 27.... View Source ›

Michelle Moghtader and Fredrik Dahl, "Iran says tested new nuclear enrichment machine, may irk West" Reuters / August 28, 2014 Iran has conducted "mechanical" tests on a new, advanced machine to refine uranium, a senior official was quoted as saying on Wednesday, a disclosure that may annoy Western states pushing Tehran to scale back its nuclear programme.... View Source ›

"S. Korea will help North attract investment if it gives up nukes: finance minister" Yonhap / August 28, 2014 South Korea will help North Korea get international investment if Pyongyang gives up its nuclear ambitions, the country's top economic policymaker said Thursday.... View Source ›

"N. Korea developing ballistic missile submarine: report" The Korea Herald / August 27, 2014 North Korea is developing a submarine capable of launching ballistic missiles, a U.S.-based web magazine claimed Tuesday, escalating concerns here over missile and nuclear threats from the communist state.... View Source ›

"Russia sees chance to lift Iran sanctions through international talks" Reuters / August 28, 2014 Russia said on Thursday the possibility of lifting sanctions on Iran had emerged thanks to international talks on Tehran's nuclear program and urged all countries involved to show political will to reach a deal.... View Source ›

August 27, 2014

Fredrik Dahl, "Deadline passed, no sign of breakthrough in Iran nuclear probe" Reuters / August 27, 2014 Iran may have failed to meet a deadline for addressing U.N. concerns about suspected nuclear bomb research, but it could still act to influence a key report due next week, diplomatic sources said on Wednesday.... View Source ›

"Iran modifies Arak reactor over nuclear concerns" AFP / August 27, 2014 Iran said Wednesday it has started to modify its Arak heavy water reactor and limit plutonium output, a cause of Western concerns over the country's nuclear programme.... View Source ›

Yoshitaka Ito, "Fukushima towns OK plan to construct storage facilities for nuke waste" The Asahi Shimbun / August 27, 2014 Two Fukushima Prefecture municipalities have decided to accept the central government's rich package of subsidies to allow the construction of intermediate facilities to store radioactive debris from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant disaster.... View Source ›

"ATOM Project calls for global minute of silence on August 29" MIL NZ Publisher / August 27, 2014 In a press release by the Kazakhstan Embassy, it said: “The ATOM Project is calling for an international moment of silence during the August 29 UN International Day Against Nuclear Tests in memory of all victims of nuclear weapons testing.”... View Source ›

Trude Pettersen, "Surveys of K-159 have started" Barents Observer / August 27, 2014 A joint Norwegian-Russian expedition has arrived in the Barents Sea to study the condition of the sunken nuclear submarine K-159.... View Source ›

August 25, 2014

"Iran's Zarif, EU's Ashton to meet September 1 on nuclear dispute" Reuters / August 25, 2014 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will hold talks in Brussels next Monday on Iran's nuclear program, the EU said on Monday.... View Source ›

Fredrik Dahl, "Iran nuclear probe reaches deadline, no word yet on outcome" Reuters / August 25, 2014 A deadline for Iran to answer U.N. nuclear watchdog questions about suspected atomic bomb research was reached on Monday without any immediate word on whether Tehran had provided the information.... View Source ›

Nasser Karimi, "Iran Says No Need for UN to Revisit Military Site" Associated Press / August 25, 2014 Iran's defense minister on Saturday said there was no need for U.N. nuclear inspectors to pay another visit to the Parchin military site, where the country is suspected of having tested components used in nuclear weapons.... View Source ›

"Report: Iran opens uranium-conversion plant" Associated Press / August 23, 2014 Iran inaugurated a new plant Saturday to convert a type of uranium into a material that cannot be used to make nuclear weapons as part of its interim atomic deal with world powers, its official news agency reported.... View Source ›

Patrick Malone, "Plan to make more nuke pits at LANL raises questions" The New Mexican / August 25, 2014 Los Alamos National Laboratory, birthplace of the atomic bomb, could ramp up production of triggers for nuclear weapons to levels not seen since the Cold War, if federal defense and energy officials get their way.... View Source ›

August 22, 2014

Fredrik Dahl, "Arab states, Israel set to clash at U.N. nuclear meeting" Reuters / August 22, 2014 As war rages in Gaza, Arab states will likely try to heighten diplomatic pressure on Israel over its assumed nuclear arsenal at next month's annual meeting of the U.N. nuclear agency's 160 member states, diplomats said on Friday.... View Source ›

"Iran denies report linking Iraq cooperation to nuclear talks" Reuters / August 22, 2014 Iran denied a report that it is ready to help counter Islamic State insurgents in return for progress in negotiations with world powers over its nuclear program.... View Source ›

"Russia’s new Alexander Nevsky submarine to arrive in Kamchatka by yearend" Russian Radio / August 22, 2014 Russia’s new nuclear submarine Alexander Nevsky will arrive at its base in Kamchatka before the end of the year to begin combat training, Eastern Military District Commander, Colonel-General Sergei Surovikin said on Thursday.... View Source ›

James Arkin, "White House faces Democratic Senate revolt over nuclear security cuts" The Center for Public Integrity / August 21, 2014 Twenty-six members of the Senate are calling on the Obama administration to increase planned spending on programs to secure or reduce global stocks of nuclear weapons materials in the upcoming 2016 White House budget, even as they are challenging an administration decision to significantly shrink these programs in 2015.... View Source ›

Bob Brewin, "The Secret History of the Atom Bomb Is Now Available in Full Online" Nextgov / August 21, 2014 Lt. Gen. Leslie Groves, the military chief of the organization charged with developing the atomic bomb during World War II – operating under the code name of Manhattan Engineer District – commissioned an internal and classified history of the project in 1944.... View Source ›

August 21, 2014

"Iran final nuclear deal to serve world economy: Rouhani" PressTV / August 21, 2014 Iran’s president says achievement of a permanent nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany will benefit the entire world economy.... View Source ›

"India building its first home-made nuclear submarine: report" Xinhua / August 21, 2014 India is building its first indigenous nuclear submarine, INS Arihant, at Visakhapatnam port in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, a media report said Thursday.... View Source ›

"Japan N-Plant Decommissioning Aid Body Starts Operations" Jiji Press / August 21, 2014 Japan's Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corp., which will supervise work to decommission crippled nuclear reactors and control radioactive water at the Fukushima No. 1 plant, began operations on Thursday. ... View Source ›

Betsy Blaney, "Texas regulators OK expanding nuclear waste site" Associated Press / August 21, 2014 Depleted uranium from federal energy facilities can be buried at a nuclear-waste dumping site in West Texas, state regulators decided Wednesday.... View Source ›

"Studies to Dismantle Last of Paldiski's Nuclear Legacy Approved" ERR / August 21, 2014 The government today released 2.1 million euros to fund studies into dismantling nuclear infrastructure left by the Soviet Union.... View Source ›

August 20, 2014

Elaine M. Grossman, "Budget Cuts Delay New Nuclear Missile By Two Years" Nextgov / August 19, 2014 A lapse in funding is potentially delaying by two years the development of a new U.S. nuclear missile, according to budget documents provided to Congress and interviews with defense sources.... View Source ›

Nancy C. Carvajal, "Wanted Iranian dies in NBI custody" Philippine Daily Inquirer / August 20, 2014 An Iranian national arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation on the request of the US Department of Justice after he was indicted in a US court for being part of a conspiracy to smuggle to Iran about 20 tons of specialized steel “with nuclear applications” died Monday evening of cardiac arrest, an NBI official said.... View Source ›

"Water cleanup test begins at Fukushima plant before dumping in sea" Kyodo / August 20, 2014 The operator of the disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Wednesday began testing the removal of radioactive materials in toxic groundwater through a new cleanup system as part of its plan to dump decontaminated water into the ocean.... View Source ›

Ali Akbar Dareini, "Iran's Parliament Dismisses Moderate Minister" Associated Press / August 20, 2014 In a move led by hard-line lawmakers, Iran's parliament dismissed the country's science minister on Wednesday over his alleged support for pro-Western voices at universities, dealing a blow to moderate President Hassan Rouhani.... View Source ›

"Iran says talks with IAEA on nuclear program "constructive"" Xinhua / August 20, 2014 Recent talks between Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog over the country's nuclear program was " constructive," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said here on Wednesday.... View Source ›

August 19, 2014

Fredrik Dahl, "IAEA expects progress by deadline in Iran nuclear inquiry" Reuters / August 18, 2014 The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief said on Monday Iran had begun implementing transparency measures ahead of an Aug 25 deadline, as part of a long-running investigation into suspected atomic bomb research by Tehran.... View Source ›

"South Korea, US Start Military Drill Despite North Threats" AFP / August 18, 2014 South Korea and the United States on Monday launched an annual military drill, Seoul’s defense ministry said, despite condemnation by North Korea which has threatened a “merciless” retaliatory strike.... View Source ›

"IAEA praises Jordanian progress" WNN / August 18, 2014 Jordan has made "notable progress" in developing its nuclear infrastructure, a mission led by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has found. The team made several recommendations to the country for developing this further.... View Source ›

Mari Iwata, "Tokyo Weighs Written Guarantee of Nuclear-Plant Safety" The Wall Street Journal / August 19, 2014 Eager to get Japan’s nuclear-power plants restarted, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government is weighing whether to offer a written statement guaranteeing plants’ safety.... View Source ›

"Hungary pledges nuclear energy training for Vietnam" The Voice of Vietnam / August 19, 2014 Hungary is extremely competitive in terms of nuclear energy training costs, when compared with other nations around the globe - a good advantage for Vietnam to develop human resources for future nuclear power plants, said Vietnamese Ambassador to Hungary Ngo Duy Ngo.... View Source ›

August 18, 2014

Fredrik Dahl and Mehrdad Balali, "U.N. nuclear chief upbeat after 'useful' Iran visit" Reuters / August 17, 2014 Iran has given a firm commitment to cooperate with a U.N. nuclear watchdog investigation into suspected atomic bomb research, the head of the agency said after what he described as a "useful" visit to Tehran on Sunday.... View Source ›

Jeremy Kahn, "Iran Lures Investors Seeing Nuclear Deal Ending Sanctions" Bloomberg / August 17, 2014 On a May afternoon in Tehran, a Russian in a dark suit sits in the crowded lobby cafe of the Espinas Persian Gulf International Hotel with his Farsi translator, sipping coffee with potential Iranian partners while discussing the price of soy fiber. ... View Source ›

"Iran: Nuclear Deal by November Deadline Unlikely" Associated Press / August 15, 2014 Iran's foreign minister said Friday that Tehran is unlikely to reach a final nuclear accord with world powers by a November deadline.... View Source ›

"North Korea Threatens 'Merciless' Strike Against US-South Korea Drill" AFP / August 17, 2014 North Korea warned Sunday of a possible “merciless” pre-emptive strike as it blasted an upcoming joint US-South Korean military exercise as a rehearsal for nuclear war.... View Source ›

Meeyoung Cho, "South Korea running out of spent nuclear fuel storage space" Reuters / August 18, 2014 South Korea needs to quickly find additional space where it can store its spent nuclear fuel because some of its temporary storage capacity will be full by 2016, an independent body that advises the government on nuclear issues said on Monday.... View Source ›

August 15, 2014

"Kerry: US ready to increase pressure on North Korea" Yonhap / August 13, 2014 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned North Korea on Tuesday that the provocative regime will face stronger sanctions and international isolation if it "chooses the path of confrontation."... View Source ›

"North Korea Says Rocket Launches Had Nothing to Do With Pope’s Visit" The New York Times / August 15, 2014 North Korea said Friday that the rockets it launched the previous day had not been meant to coincide with the start of Pope Francis’ five-day visit to its rival, South Korea.... View Source ›

"Early Iran-P5+1 nuclear deal unlikely: Iranian FM" PressTV / August 15, 2014 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says it is unlikely that Tehran and the P5+1 will reach a final nuclear deal before the four-month extension period for talks between the two sides expires.... View Source ›

"Bulava missile to be launched in autumn " ITAR-TASS / August 13, 2014 The missile will be launched from Borei-class strategic missile submarines Alexander Nevsky and Vladimir Monomakh... View Source ›

"Sweden plans nuclear reactor 'for research'" The Local / August 14, 2014 The Swedish government is mulling the construction of a fourth-generation nuclear reactor along the south coast - though the final decision won't be made until after elections.... View Source ›

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