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July 17, 2014

Nuke Proliferation In East Asia Affects International Security

Valentina Gasbarri
The 10th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Security Council Resolution 1540 on April 28, 2014 can be especially propitious for standing back from the perennial present of international security issues and evaluating longer-term trends.

July 17, 2014

Is an Iran Nuclear Deal Within Reach?

Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh
Secretary of State John Kerry says he is returning to Washington, D.C., to consult with President Obama following talks with Iran over its nuclear program. Speaking on Tuesday, Kerry cited "tangible progress" on key issues, but said "very real gaps" remain ahead of a Sunday deadline. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran could freeze its nuclear capacity in exchange for sanctions relief, but Kerry would not say if the United States would agree.

July 16, 2014

US praises Iran’s adherence to interim nuke deal

The Times of Israel
The United States said Wednesday that Iran’s adherence to an interim nuclear deal had been “surprisingly favorable,” as it contemplated a likely extension to talks on framing a final agreement.

July 16, 2014

Iranian nuclear problem should be settled by political and diplomatic means - BRICS countries

Voice of Russia
The BRICS countries, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have agreed that the Iranian nuclear problem should be settled by political and diplomatic means. "While reiterating our view that there is no alternative to a negotiated solution to the Iranian nuclear issue, we reaffirm our support to its resolution through political and diplomatic means and dialogue," the BRICS leaders said in the Fortaleza Declaration adopted at their summit meeting on Tuesday.

July 14, 2014

2,000 bombs a year? Japan’s plan to reopen nuclear reprocessing plant stirs concern
Reactivating a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant could provide Japan with enough plutonium to produce up to 2,000 atomic bombs a year, a US expert has warned. The “reckless” move could destabilize the region, as Japan’s neighbors rush to compete.

July 14, 2014

North Korea testing weapons much more than in past
Hyung-Jin Kim
Another day, another defiant weapons test from North Korea. A day after launching two ballistic missiles from a base near the border with archrival South Korea, Pyongyang on Monday fired a barrage of artillery shells into waters near its eastern sea border with the South. Officials in Seoul have confirmed nearly 100 missile, rocket and artillery tests by North Korea this year, an output seen as significantly higher than past years.

July 14, 2014

Expansion of Nuclear Suppliers Group

The Nation (Pakistan)
K Iqbal
Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG) is a 48-nation body established 40 years ago to ensure that civilian trade in nuclear materials is not diverted for military purposes. Interestingly, NSG was created in reaction to India’s first nuclear test in 1974. This test became possible only due to clandestine diversion of materials and equipment acquired from Canada and the United States for peaceful purposes.

July 14, 2014

Iranian FM: There's No Benefit from an Atomic Bomb

Israel Natonal News
Arutz Sheva
Iran's top diplomat, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said Sunday that Tehran has no interest in building an atomic bomb, despite Western powers' claims otherwise, according to an AFP report.

July 13, 2014

Israel’s Netanyahu on Iran: ‘Of course, they’re developing nuclear weapons.’

The Washington Post
Jaime Fuller
Ongoing Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip prompted many interviews on the Sunday shows, perhaps most prominently with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He went on "Fox News Sunday" to discuss the strikes and foreign policy in the Middle East more generally.

July 13, 2014

Americans and Iranians See Constraints at Home in Nuclear Negotiations

The New York Times
David E Sanger
Secretary of State John Kerry arrived here early Sunday in an attempt to rescue negotiations with Iran that have stalled on the question of how large a nuclear infrastructure that nation will be permitted to have over the next decade or two. But he quickly confronted the fact that the problem might be less at the negotiating table here than with mullahs in Tehran and members of Congress in Washington.

July 12, 2014

Indian-American Lawmaker for Dialogue With India on Nuclear Issues

Indo-Asian News Service
Ami Bera, the lone Indian-American member of US House of Representatives, has called for an open dialogue with India on issues like liability concerns to open Indian energy market to US companies.

July 10, 2014

Lawmakers Want a Say on Iran Nuclear Deal

The Wall Street Journal
Michael R Crittenden
As foreign ministers huddle in Vienna to try and finalize an agreement aimed at preventing Iran from building nuclear weapons, lawmakers in Washington are demanding the Obama administration consult them on any accord.

July 10, 2014

A Difficult Phase for Iran's Nuclear and Regional Ambitions

Huffington Post
Raghida Dergham
The current phase is not convenient for the Islamic Republic of Iran: nuclear negotiations with the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) have stalled and the desired agreement may not be reached by the deadline set on July 20.

July 10, 2014

U.S. Calls for Nuke Test Ban at ASEAN Forum

William Lambers
This week at a forum in Tokyo for the Association for Southeast Asian Nations, the U.S. called for ending all nuclear weapons testing. Frank A. Rose, of the U.S. Bureau of Arms Control, said in a speech, “The entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty remains a top priority for the United States.”

June 10, 2014

Push for Global No First Use

The New Indian Express
B B Singh
In its election manifesto, the BJP declared that it would study afresh India’s nuclear doctrine, revise and update it to evolve an independent Strategic Nuclear Programme relevant to the challenges of the current times and to maintain a credible minimum deterrent in tune with changing geostatic realities.

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