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  • U.S. Sees Greater North Korea Nuclear Threat

    12/02/2010 4:20:46 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec. 3, 2010 | Jay Solomon
    VIENNA—The Obama administration told the United Nations nuclear watchdog that North Korea likely has built more than one uranium-enrichment facility, significantly raising the proliferation threat posed by the secretive communist state. U.S. and European officials are pressing the International Atomic Energy Agency to better scrutinize Pyongyang's potential role in sharing its nuclear technologies with third countries. But the U.N. agency's ability to monitor Pyongyang is limited: North Korea kicked out the IAEA's inspectors in 2009. The IAEA already is investigating evidence that North Korea transferred a nearly operational nuclear reactor to Syria, which Israeli jets subsequently destroyed in 2007. U.S....
  • A Really Bad Start

    12/03/2010 7:37:40 AM PST · by bsaunders · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Beyond the Cusp ^ | December 3, 2010 | B. Saunders
    President Obama has claimed that the Start nuclear disarmament treaty that he negotiated with the Russians is a solid treaty in the best interest of the United States. I would have to question the validity of this claim as the White House is pushing the lame duck Senate to quickly ratify the Start Treaty without the usual in depth studies usually given treaties with such deep and far reaching consequences. Sometime these consequences will not be realized for years, possibly decades, well after the time that changes or precautions could have better prepared and addressed the affects on our national...
  • Seoul rules out redeployment of US nuclear weapons

    11/27/2010 8:26:51 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 11/24/2010 | Defense Talk
    South Korea's defence ministry Tuesday ruled out the redeployment of US nuclear weapons on its soil as a deterrent to North Korea, a day after its minister had raised the prospect. "Redeploying US tactical nuclear weapons in South Korea would cross the line set by the policy of denuclearising the Korean peninsula," Deputy Defence Minister Chang Kwang-Il told reporters. "We've not considered redeploying US tactical nuclear weapons and there has been no consultation with the US over the issue," he was quoted as saying by a ministry spokesman. The Pentagon also said Monday that the United States has no immediate...
  • APNewsBreak: UN: Iran enrichment was stopped

    11/23/2010 10:03:59 AM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies ^ | November 23, 2010 | | Associated Press
    VIENNA – The U.N. nuclear agency says that Iran temporarily stopped enriching uranium earlier this month for unspecified reasons. The finding is contained in a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency released Tuesday to the U.N. Security Council and the 35 IAEA board member nations. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the restricted report.
  • MAUREEN DOWD: Nuking the White House

    11/20/2010 4:52:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 20, 2010 | Maureen Dowd
    You know you’re in trouble when you need Henry Kissinger to vouch for you. But there was the one formerly known as “The One” sitting at a table with a bunch of old, white, Republican dudes, choosing the most abstruse issue on the agenda for his moment to Man Up. With Republicans treating the president like a dirt sandwich and Democrats begging the president to throw a knuckle sandwich, Obama drew his line in the sand on telemetry. The Start arms treaty used to be a chance for American presidents to stare down the Russians. Now it’s a chance for...
  • 'Stuxnet specifically targeted Iranian nuclear program' (New Details Revealed)

    11/20/2010 8:21:03 AM PST · by mojito · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/20/2010 | Staff
    The German computer security expert who first reported that the Stuxnet worm was designed to attack targets in Iran said the virus specifically attacked the country's nuclear program, in a report posted Friday. In his analysis, Ralph Langner said Stuxnet contained two distinct "digital warheads," specifically designed to attack military targets: Uranium enrichment plants and the Bushehr nuclear power plant. Langner said that the portion of the worm that targeted Uranium enrichment plants manipulated the speeds of mechanical parts in the enrichment process, which would ultimately "result in cracking the rotor, thereby destroying the centrifuge." He said the strategic importance...
  • Why Germany Won't Give Up Its Nukes

    11/15/2010 7:05:37 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/15/2010 | The Strategy Page
    Despite the end of the Cold War, and the dismantling of over 25,000 nuclear weapons, NATO still maintains a stock of nuclear bombs in Europe. These are American weapons, to be used by NATO allies with U.S. permission. They are not covered by START (the strategic nuclear disarmament treaty) because they are not strategic, they are local, or "theater" weapons. NATO would like to negotiate a disarmament treaty to cover such non-strategic nukes, but to get the Russians to do that, it helps if there are some nukes under NATO control. Like with START, a treaty covering non-strategic weapons would...
  • Obama says START treaty remains 'top priority'

    11/14/2010 10:27:32 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 11/12/2010 | Associat Press
    President Barack Obama, capping a far-flung Asian trip of mixed results, assured Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Sunday that getting the Senate to ratify the START nuclear weapons treaty is a "top priority" of his administration. "I reiterated my commitment to getting the START treaty done during the lame-duck session," Obama said, noting that Congress returns next week for its postelection session. In talks with Medvedev on the sidelines of the summit of the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Obama also reiterated his support for bringing Russia into the World Trade Organization, calling Russia "an excellent partner." His bilateral talks with...
  • Obama Upbeat After 10-Day Asia Trip

    11/14/2010 2:31:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    President Barack Obama on Sunday hailed the prospect of a new settlement freeze in the disputed West Bank as a promising step toward peace, urging Israelis and Palestinians to get back into serious negotiations quickly. An upbeat president also pledged to return to the basic principles that drove his thinking when he first came to the White House, including sticking to a more bipartisan tone and better explaining his decisions to the American people. He spoke of moving from an "obsessive focus" on policy and making changes to his approach after a humbling midterm election. "The fact that we are...
  • Cairo worries as IAEA probes enriched uranium find (Egypt's Secret Nuclear Weapons Program)

    11/14/2010 10:35:42 AM PST · by mojito · 2 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/13/2010 | Unattributed
    VIENNA — Egypt fears being grouped with the likes of Iran and Syria if a UN investigation into traces of highly enriched uranium found in the country isn't brought to a swift end, according to what officials describe as a confidential report from the country's nuclear agency. The particles — enriched close to the levels required to arm nuclear missiles — have been under investigation since being detected by the International Atomic Energy Agency in 2007 and 2008. Egypt, a US ally in the Middle East, has said the particles originated from abroad and were inadvertently imported, but the agency...
  • Security Council finally gets experts report saying NKorea is exporting banned nuke technology

    11/11/2010 6:00:37 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Canadian Press via Google ^ | 11/11/2010 | Canadian Press via Google
    A report by U.N. experts saying North Korea is exporting banned nuclear and missile technology to Iran, Syria and Myanmar has been sent to the Security Council after China dropped its objections, U.N. diplomats said Wednesday. The findings by the seven-member panel monitoring the implementation of sanctions against North Korea were first reported by The Associated Press in May. The panel's report was submitted to the Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against Pyongyang in early May but China, a close ally of North Korea, blocked its transmission to the full 15-member council, diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity because...
  • Air Force command brings focus to nuclear enterprise

    Over the past 15 months, Air Force officials have built from scratch a model new command that will sustain and modernize U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile wings and the nuclear-capable bomber fleet, said the general who leads the new command. "Some people have likened that to trying to build an airplane while actually having to fly it," Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz told a group of defense reporters here Nov. 9. "And at times, it has seemed like that to us."
  • NATO to keep nuclear weapons

    11/09/2010 11:24:19 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 11/8/2010 | Defense Talk
    NATO leaders are unlikely to agree to reduce the defense organization's tactical nuclear stockpiles when they meet later this month, defense officials said Saturday. The leaders are to meet in Lisbon on November 19-20 to map out the future of the 61-year-old alliance. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will also attend the talks expected to touch on missile defense. The nuclear arsenal across Europe remains a source of friction with Russia and within NATO -- with Germany, Poland and Sweden calling for a greater NATO commitment to nuclear disarmament resisted by France and the United States. But a revised mission statement...
  • Obama Wants His New START Treaty Right Now!

    11/05/2010 8:36:49 AM PDT · by mojitojoe · 47 replies · 1+ views ^ | 11/5/2010 | Frank Gaffney
    President Obama served notice on the newly elected Senators and the constituents who voted for them on Tuesday: He does not want them to have a say in one of the most important national security issues of the day – the strategic arms reduction accord Team Obama negotiated with the Russians earlier this year, known as the “New START” Treaty. Instead, Mr. Obama wants only yesterday’s Senate to determine the fate of an agreement that will slash U.S. nuclear forces in a way that will reduce them to numbers of deployed nuclear weapons vastly inferior to those the Russians will...
  • Israel Military Intelligence Chief Warns Iran Has 1 Nuclear Bomb

    London, United Kingdom (AHN) - In a final briefing before the Israeli parliament's Foreign Affairs and Security Committee, military intelligence chief Major General Amos Yadlin warned Tuesday that Iran has enough uranium to create a nuclear bomb and may create a second one if it gets more radioactive material. Yadlin stated that Iran already had commenced work on two new nuclear installations. He noted there are an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 centrifuges busy enriching uranium to levels of 20 percent. Once levels reach 90 percent, military use of the material will commence, he said. Like the West, Yadlin does not...
  • "Iran uranium supply at 30 kg" (20%)

    10/20/2010 10:18:01 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 13 replies
    Press TV, CBS, etc. ^ | Wed Oct 20, 2010 12:54PM | ZHD/HGH/MMN
    Iran currently has 30 kg (66 lb) of 20 percent-enriched uranium and has launched new exploration projects, according to the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi."We have also discovered good vein deposits at the Gachin uranium mine in Bandar Abbas and are preparing for extractions," the AEOI chief went on to add.Earlier this week, Salehi announced the launch of uranium exploration projects in the country's southern and central regions."Since launching the Bushehr nuclear power plant, we have prioritized uranium exploration to be able to answer our [fuel] needs fully and domestically," Salehi said on...
  • Chinese firms bypass sanctions on Iran, U.S. says

    10/18/2010 9:21:46 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/18/2010 | John Pomfret
    The Obama administration has concluded that Chinese firms are helping Iran to improve its missile technology and develop nuclear weapons, and has asked China to stop such activity, a senior U.S. official said. During a visit to Beijing last month, a delegation led by Robert J. Einhorn, the State Department's special adviser for nonproliferation and arms control, handed a "significant list" of companies and banks to their Chinese counterparts, according to the senior U.S. official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive issue in U.S.-Chinese relations. The official said the Obama administration thinks that the companies...
  • Why Israel Needs the Bomb

    10/18/2010 11:16:23 AM PDT · by mojito · 21 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/18/2010 | Mark Helprin
    Sixty-five years after Germany's campaign to exterminate the Jews, of the many countries in the world Israel is the only one repeatedly subjected to calls for its extinction. Though Pakistan and India, like Israel and the Arabs, have suffered population exchange and territorial wars, neither questions the other's right to exist. So rare and extreme is such a position that one might think the countries of Europe, so many of which cooperated in hunting down their Jews, would do more to recognize its endemic presence in the Middle East. They don't—their publics having largely accepted that, in regard to the...
  • Germany to do away with U.S. nukes?

    10/16/2010 9:52:21 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies
    UPI ^ | 10/7/2010 | UPI
    The German Defense Ministry has denied a newspaper report that it plans to decommission its entire fleet of Tornado jets by 2013, a move that would effectively end a nuclear weapons sharing deal with the United States. Guarded by U.S. soldiers, an estimated 22 U.S. nuclear weapons are locked away in the bunkers under the Fliegerhorst Buechel, an airbase in Rhineland-Palatinate run by the German Luftwaffe. The B-61 thermonuclear bombs, which can be dropped from low-flying jets at high speeds, signify the ultimate nuclear deterrent: They're 13 times more devastating than the bomb dropped over Hiroshima in 1945. As part...
  • U.S. Plans To Seize Pakistan’s Nuclear Arsenal War Rumour

    10/16/2010 9:38:46 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies
    The Market Oracle ^ | 10-16-2010 | Rick Rozoff
    U.S. Plans To Seize Pakistan’s Nuclear Arsenal War Rumour Politics / Pakistan Oct 16, 2010 - 10:01 AM By: Rick Rozoff Two recent news items emanating from the United States have begun to reverberate in Pakistan and give rise to speculation that growing American drone strikes and NATO helicopter attacks in that country may be the harbingers of far broader actions: Nothing less than the expansion of the West’s war in Afghanistan into Pakistan with the ultimate goal of seizing the nation’s nuclear weapons. The News International, Pakistan’s largest English-language newspaper, published a report on October 13 based on excerpts...