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  • The Ally From Hell (Pakistan)

    11/13/2011 2:39:57 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 2011 (print) | JEFFREY GOLDBERG and MARC AMBINDER
    SHORTLY AFTER AMERICAN NAVY SEALs raided the Pakistani city of Abbottabad in May and killed Osama bin Laden, General Ashfaq Kayani, the Pakistani chief of army staff, spoke with Khalid Kidwai, the retired lieutenant general in charge of securing Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal. Kidwai, who commands a security apparatus called the Strategic Plans Division (SPD), had been expecting Kayani’s call. General Kayani, the most powerful man in a country that has only a simulacrum of civilian leadership, had been busy in the tense days that followed the bin Laden raid: he had to assure his American funders (U.S. taxpayers provide more...
  • Israel may launch strike on Iran as soon as next month to prevent development of nukes

    11/10/2011 7:31:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/11/2011 | Tim Shipman
    Israel will launch military action to prevent Iran developing a nuclear weapon as soon as Christmas, intelligence chiefs have warned. A report by a UN watchdog into Iran’s nuclear ambitions ‘completely discredits’ the Islamic nation’s protestations of innocence, according to Foreign Secretary William Hague. The International Atomic Energy Agency found that Iran is developing a nuclear test facility, nuclear detonators and computer modelling for a nuclear warhead that would fit on an existing missile. Sources say the understanding at the top of the British Government is that Israel will attempt to strike against the nuclear sites ‘sooner rather than later’...
  • Obama: What Iranian nuclear weapons program?

    11/08/2011 5:05:43 PM PST · by Driftwood1 · 8 replies
    American.com ^ | 11-8-11 | Danielle Pletka
    Here’s what the IAEA had to say today about an Iranian nuclear weapons program: The information indicates that Iran has carried out the following activities that are relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device: • Efforts, some successful, to procure nuclear related and dual use equipment and materials by military related individuals and entities (Annex, Sections C.1 and C.2); • Efforts to develop undeclared pathways for the production of nuclear material (Annex, Section C.3); • The acquisition of nuclear weapons development information and documentation from a clandestine nuclear supply network (Annex, Section C.4); and • Work on the...
  • UN: Some secret Iran work 'specific to nuclear weapons'

    11/08/2011 1:12:00 PM PST · by ColdOne · 2 replies
    MSNBC.com ^ | 11/08/11 | msnbc.com staff and news service reports
    VIENNA — Iran is suspected of conducting secret experiments whose sole purpose can only be the development of nuclear weapons, the U.N. nuclear atomic energy agency said for the first time in a report released Tuesday. While some of the suspected secret nuclear work can have peaceful purposes, "others are specific to nuclear weapons," according to the report by the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency. A 13-page attachment to the report details intelligence and IAEA research that shows Tehran working on all aspects of research toward making a nuclear weapon, including fitting a warhead onto a missile. "Iran," the report...
  • Why Obama Might Save Israel From Nuclear Iran: Jeffrey Goldberg

    11/08/2011 6:21:48 AM PST · by Driftwood1 · 36 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 11-8-11 | Jeffrey Goldberg
    The International Atomic Energy Agency is set to release a report today offering further proof that the Iranian regime is bent on acquiring nuclear weapons. No intelligence is entirely dispositive, but the evidence on hand about Iran's nuclear activities, even before the release of the latest report, is fairly persuasive, and the IAEA isn't known to be a den of neoconservative war-plotting. It isn't interested in giving Israel a pretext for a preemptive attack on Iran unless it has to. The question now is what Israel -- or the U.S. -- will do about it. The Israeli case for preemption...
  • Pakistan keeping nukes on the move in unescorted delivery vans to prevent US first-strike

    11/04/2011 5:51:41 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Times ^ | November 4, 2011 | MARK THOMPSO
    Instead of moving nuclear material in armored, well-defended convoys, the [Pakistani government] prefers to move material by subterfuge, in civilian-style vehicles without noticeable defenses, in the regular flow of traffic…according to a senior U.S. intelligence official, the Pakistanis have begun using this low-security method to transfer not merely the “de-mated” component nuclear parts but “mated” nuclear weapons. Western nuclear experts have feared that Pakistan is building small, “tactical” nuclear weapons for quick deployment on the battlefield. In fact, not only is Pakistan building these devices, it is also now moving them over roads. What this means, in essence, is this:...
  • Iran Is On The Verge of Getting The Bomb: It Is Time For President Barack Obama To Act

    11/03/2011 2:23:22 PM PDT · by drewh · 48 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 8:28PM GMT 03 Nov 2011 | By Con Coughlin
    When Mr Obama was handed unequivocal evidence in the autumn of 2009 that Iran was building a second nuclear enrichment facility at Qom, he preferred to take a soft approach. The inevitable new round of sanctions was implemented, but no meaningful action was taken to curtail Iran’s obsession with developing nuclear weapons. As we know from the 1930s, appeasement achieves little when it comes to confronting a determined foe for whom the normal laws of international conduct do not apply. And next week, the full extent of Iran’s duplicity will be laid bare, with the publication of the latest International...
  • Japan's leaders must face country's 'latent' possession of nuclear weapons(Rokkasho plant)

    10/31/2011 2:50:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Mainichi ^ | 10/28/11
    Japan's leaders must face country's 'latent' possession of nuclear weapons In the 27 years since the application for the construction of a reprocessing plant was lodged with Rokkasho, the village has undergone tremendous change. Massive cranes have been brought in, and hefty structures have gone up one after another. Nuclear money has brought wealth to the village, making its per capita income the highest of any municipality in Aomori Prefecture. Despite some twists and turns, the national project was getting closer to becoming a reality. There's a little "secret" to the reprocessing plant, however. On July 17, 1988, Japan implemented...
  • US's most powerful nuclear bomb being dismantled

    10/25/2011 7:35:17 AM PDT · by Scythian · 58 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/25/2011
    AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — The last of the nation's most powerful nuclear bombs — a weapon hundreds of times stronger than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima — is being disassembled nearly half a century after it was put into service at the height of the Cold War. The final components of the B53 bomb will be broken down Tuesday at the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, the nation's only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility. The completion of the dismantling program is a year ahead of schedule, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration, and aligns...
  • Iranian Bushehr Nuclear Plant Comes Online – World Survives

    09/15/2011 12:05:51 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 11 replies
    OilPrice.com ^ | 15/09/2011 | John C.K. Daly
    On 12 September Iran brought its first nuclear power plant in Bushehr online, connecting it to the country's electrical grid. Iranian officials at the opening ceremony said that the 1,000 megawatt plant has begun generating electricity at 40 percent of its capacity and will reach full capacity by the year’s end following further testing. Quite aside from demonstrating Iran’s touching post-Fukushima faith in nuclear energy despite being a seismically active country, Bushehr represents a Rorschach test of sorts for all the fears and anxieties in the Middle East, in which everyone looking at the facility has his preconceptions reaffirmed. “Axis...
  • 'No Need' for Iranian Nuclear arms: Ahmadinejad (If Ever There Was A Need For A Barf Alert)

    09/14/2011 8:52:17 PM PDT · by lbryce · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Space War ^ | September 13, 2011 | Staff
    ranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad insisted on Tuesday that his country has "no need" for nuclear weapons, amid new concerns from an international atomic watchdog group about Tehran's atomic ambitions. "We do not need nuclear weapons and we do not accept that," Ahmadinejad told the NBC television "Today Show" program. "We are against that," he said. He made his remarks as the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meets in Vienna this week to discuss, among other matters, Iran's nuclear activities, which many in the West suspect are aimed at developing atomic weapons. The IAEA, which is meeting at...
  • Why did Japan surrender? (Historian argues Soviet Declaration, Not A-Bomb)

    08/19/2011 2:21:26 PM PDT · by mojito · 156 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 8/7/2011 | Gareth Cook
    What ended World War II? For nearly seven decades, the American public has accepted one version of the events that led to Japan’s surrender. By the middle of 1945, the war in Europe was over, and it was clear that the Japanese could hold no reasonable hope of victory. After years of grueling battle, fighting island to island across the Pacific, Japan’s Navy and Air Force were all but destroyed. The production of materiel was faltering, completely overmatched by American industry, and the Japanese people were starving. A full-scale invasion of Japan itself would mean hundreds of thousands of dead...
  • Talks between US, NKorea end

    07/29/2011 12:32:15 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Friday, July 29, 2011 2:40 PM EDT | ANITA SNOW
    NEW YORK (AP) — Two days of exploratory talks between the U.S. and North Korea have ended, and North Korea's top envoy is describing them as "constructive and businesslike." Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan, emerged from the meeting Friday afternoon following two days of discussions with U.S. Ambassador Stephen Bosworth, the Obama administration's top envoy on North Korean affairs.
  • Two Events --A Hack and Stuxnet-- Are there any Solutions?

    07/12/2011 4:07:58 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 4 replies
    Amagines ^ | 07/12/2011 | STEPHEN BRYEN
    Two "events" caught my attention today. One was something that just happened; the other was more about the infamous Stuxnet worm. I am not sure I have good answers to both these events, but I have some ideas, and I think we need to think together about solutions. Let's start with the event that just happened. According to Information Week, "Hacktivist group AntiSec started the week with yet another intrusion on a government contractor, this time targeting Booz Allen Hamilton and posting what it claims are 90,000 military email addresses and passwords from the contractor online." I took a look...
  • Former PPG Manager Charged with Illegal Export To Pakistan Reactor

    07/09/2011 11:13:25 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 6 replies
    U.S. Department of Justice ^ | Friday, July 8, 2011 | Ronald C. Machen Jr.
    Xun Wang, a former Managing Director of PPG Paints Trading, has been indicted on a charge of conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Export Administration Regulations.She is accused of exporting and reexporting high-performance epoxy coatings to the Chashma 2 Nuclear Power Plant in Pakistan.She is a Chinese national and lawful permanent resident of the United States.In 2006, PPG sought an export license for the shipments of coatings to Chashma II. The Department of Commerce denied that license application. Following that denial, Wang and her co-conspirators agreed upon a scheme to export and reexport the high-performance...
  • Riyadh will build nuclear weapons if Iran gets them, Saudi prince warns

    06/29/2011 7:48:20 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 14 replies
    guardian.co.uk ^ | June 29, 2011 | Jason Burke
    A senior Saudi Arabian diplomat and member of the ruling royal family has raised the spectre of nuclear conflict in the Middle East if Iran comes close to developing a nuclear weapon. Prince Turki al-Faisal, a former Saudi intelligence chief and ambassador to Washington, warned senior Nato military officials that the existence of such a device "would compel Saudi Arabia … to pursue policies which could lead to untold and possibly dramatic consequences". He did not state explicitly what these policies would be, but a senior official in Riyadh who is close to the prince said yesterday his message was...
  • A do-or-die moment (Israel stands alone at greatest peril since 67' war)

    06/17/2011 12:56:14 PM PDT · by mojito · 75 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6/17/2011 | Caroline Glick
    As was the case in May 1967, when the combined Arab armies gathered with the express purpose of wiping the Jewish state off the map – today again, Israel is alone at its hour of greatest peril. Every day, major stories come out of the Middle East. And behind each of these stories are major developments that deserve of our attention and, more often than not, our intense concern. Just this week, major stories have come out of Syria, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, Yemen and Pakistan that are all deeply disconcerting.
  • 'Iran successfully launches satellite into orbit'

    06/15/2011 1:55:43 PM PDT · by mojito · 16 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6/15/2011 | Yaakov Katz
    Iran increased its presence in space on Wednesday with the successful launch of a new satellite. Israel is concerned that Iran’s space program is cover for the development of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that could one day carry nuclear warheads. Iran's Arabic language al-Alam television reported that a satellite called Rasad 1 – “Observation” in Farsi – was launched aboard an improved satellite launch vehicle and will be used for transmitting images and weather forecasts. The Rasad 1 is the second satellite Iran has launched into space. In February 2009, Iran launched the Omid – “Hope” in Farsi - satellite...
  • Good news: Iran now offers a missile umbrella to fellow Muslim nations; UPDATE

    06/14/2011 8:36:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Hot Air ^ | June 14, 2011 | J.E. Dyer
    Of course this was going to happen (h/t: “Reza Khalili”). The whole point of having theater missiles, for Iran, is being able to engage in deterrence. What Iran will protect under the missile umbrella is not peace, harmony, and light, but the nation-torturing activities of the paramilitary Qods Force and Iranian-backed terrorists like Hezbollah and Hamas. This move puts Iran in the aspiring-nuclear-power category of the former USSR and China – not that of Britain, France, India, Pakistan, or North Korea. Iran is still in the “aspiring” stage, but has already revealed the scope of her ambitions for deterrence. The...
  • Report: Iran Has Acquired Nuclear-Capable Warheads

    06/01/2011 5:59:04 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 12 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 6/1/11 | Thomas Ferdousi
    Keep in mind that this is not a confirmed report but is from FoxNews. It also comes as the possibility of Iran having enough highly-enriched uranium for the bomb may still be low. However, when a report this serious comes from a reputable news source, it must be taken seriously. The news comes from an Iranian dissident group and may be part of a multi-national attempt to build nuclear warheads. This comes from a former CIA spy that could be part of a very, very interesting chapter in Iranian nuclear history. This also comes after Iranian threats of a mystery...
  • EDITORIAL: Wishing away Iranian nukes--The mullahs are working on the bomb, like it or not

    05/31/2011 5:41:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 31, 2011 | Editorial
    The Iranian nuclear threat is much ado about nothing, says reporter Seymour Hersh. Writing in the latest issue of the New Yorker, the professional left-wing cynic ignores numerous signs that the Islamic Republic is dead set on achieving nuclear-weapons capability and claims there is “a large body of evidence … suggesting that the United States could be in danger of repeating a mistake similar to the one made with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq eight years ago - allowing anxieties about the policies of a tyrannical regime to distort our estimations of the state’s military capacities and intentions.” For Mr. Hersh, it’s...
  • George Will's savage attack on Sarah Palin shows GOP establishment is desperate

    05/30/2011 2:53:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 125 replies
    Irish Central ^ | May 30, 2011 | Patrick Roberts
    Conservative columnist and commentator George Will has slammed Sarah Palin saying she should not be trusted with nuclear weapons. Will was speaking on ABC yesterday and his damning words,coming from the right, may give many people pause. Here is what he said: "Two things are infinite. One is the expanding universe, and the other is media attention to Sarah Palin, who is a genius at manipulating it. But she has several political problems. The first of which is there's no undecided vote in this country anymore about Sarah Palin. Sure, second, the threshold question, not usually asked, but it’s in...
  • Iran Angling for Helicopters With Nuke Capability

    05/27/2011 8:10:39 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 17 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 27 May 2011 10:29 AM | William Chedsey
    The arrest on Thursday of five Spanish businessmen and three Iranians allegedly planning to smuggle into Iran military helicopters formerly owned by Israel sparks concerns over the possible use of nuclear-armed cruise missiles by Tehran's Islamist regime. Some nine U.S.-manufactured Bell 212 helicopters were seized in Madrid and Barcelona, according to Spain's interior ministry. The sale of such vehicles to Iran violates the United Nations' arms embargo against Tehran, whose nuclear program is believed to be geared toward producing atomic bombs. Five years ago, Iran successfully test-fired in the Persian Gulf its "Noor" long-range cruise missile, based on China's C-802...
  • Satellite images reveal alarming speed Pakistan is rushing to finish weapons-grade nuclear reactor

    05/18/2011 8:39:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/18/11 | Staff
    New satellite images have shown the alarming speed at which Pakistan is constructing a weapons-grade nuclear reactor. The aerial images, taken on April 20, show the rapid building progress of the fourth reactor to produce plutonium in Pakistan's Khushab facility. The site was barren in 2009 and the facility 'costing billions' was undetectable by satellite just 17 months ago, but has since grown at an alarming rate. The facility in Khushab is the fastest growing nuclear program in the world, with the speed of the latest reactor's construction prompting concern from U.S. officials
  • Second Suspected Nuclear Site Identified in Syria

    02/23/2011 8:20:30 PM PST · by americanophile · 11 replies
    WSJ ^ | FEBRUARY 23, 2011 | JAY SOLOMON
    WASHINGTON—A second suspected nuclear installation has been identified in Syria, according to commercial satellite photos, providing new evidence that Damascus may have been pursuing atomic weapons before a 2007 Israeli military strike. The publishing Wednesday of the photos by Washington's Institute for Science and International Security could increase pressure on the United Nations to demand expansive new inspections of suspect Syrian facilities during a March board meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency. IAEA inspectors visited eastern Syria in 2008 and reported that they recovered traces of processed uranium from a site called Dair Alzour, which the Bush administration alleged...
  • Otto J. Reich: 21st Century Socialism - The attempt to destroy democracy in Latin America.

    04/23/2010 9:58:55 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 343+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | April 23, 2010 | Otto J. Reich
    21st Century SocialismThe attempt to destroy democracy in Latin America.  The Obama administration started out on the wrong foot in world affairs. It used techniques better suited for domestic political campaigns — popularity contests — in its foreign policy. In our own hemisphere, the result was confusion for our allies and our enemies alike. The overriding objective of U.S. policy — in Latin America and elsewhere — should be to advance U.S. national interests, not to curry favor with foreign leaders. If we can be liked while advancing our interests, so much the better. But when we try to befriend...
  • Expert: Pakistan building fourth plutonium reactor

    02/12/2011 2:12:43 PM PST · by robowombat · 13 replies
    Israel News ^ | Feb 10, 2011
    Expert: Pakistan building fourth plutonium reactor Published: 02.10.11, 20:54 / Israel News An independent expert says Pakistan has begun building what appears to be a fourth plutonium reactor, increasing concerns that the volatile nation is creating more nuclear material than it can safeguard.
  • Analysts Worry Over Egypt's WMD Past in Uncertain Future

    02/09/2011 12:35:30 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    Global Security Newswire ^ | 2/9/2011 | Global Security Newswire
    As Egypt remains in a state of political upheaval, observers worry about what would happen to any potential WMD resources in the hands of a potential new government with unpredictable foreign policy aims, NBC News reported yesterday (see GSN, Nov. 15, 2010). "If we found another country doing what they've done, we would have been all over them," an unidentified ex-U.S. intelligence officer said. Cairo has acknowledged that it sought to acquire a nuclear weapons capability in the 1960s after it discovered Israel had also developed nuclear arms. Egypt joined the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty in 1968 and, under the now-embattled...
  • UANI Launches Taxi of Tomorrow Ad Campaign

    02/08/2011 8:18:45 PM PST · by OddLane · 3 replies
    United Against A Nuclear Iran ^ | February 8th, 2011 | UANI
    New York, NY - United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) today ran ads in Metro New York newspapers that highlight its Taxi of Tomorrow Campaign. The ads have a circulation of over 350,000 in the New York metropolitan area. Click here to view the image of the ad. Referring to the ad campaign, UANI President, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, said: UANI has called on New York City to refuse to award the Taxi of Tomorrow contract to companies that do business in Iran. We call on all New Yorkers to ensure the Mayor's office does not award the Taxi of Tomorrow...
  • SECRET DEAL: US AGREES TO TELL RUSSIA UK’S NUKE SECRETS

    02/05/2011 11:31:39 PM PST · by runninglips · 17 replies
    London Telegraph ^ | 9:25PM GMT 04 Feb 2011 | By Matthew Moore, Gordon Rayner and Christopher Hope
    WikiLeaks cables: US agrees to tell Russia Britain's nuclear secrets The US secretly agreed to give the Russians sensitive information on Britain’s nuclear deterrent to persuade them to sign a key treaty, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. Information about every Trident missile the US supplies to Britain will be given to Russia as part of an arms control deal signed by President Barack Obama next week.
  • Japan 'should develop nuclear weapons to defend itself'

    02/05/2011 5:34:44 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 34 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3:54PM GMT 04 Feb 2011 | Julian Ryall
    Shintaro Ishihara, 78, a former actor and author who has been governor of Tokyo since 1999 and has frequently provoked anger among Japan's neighbours, made his latest demand after a diplomatic row sparked by the arrest of a Chinese fishing vessel captain operating in Japanese waters. "If Japan had had nuclear (weapons), there would not have been any (Chinese encroachment) on the Senkakus," he said. "And North Korea would not have abducted our citizens." Mr Ishihara is chairman of a group of prefectural governors who have been demanding progress on the issue of Japanese nationals seized by North Korean agents...
  • Pick your foreign policy expert: Palin or these creeps?

    12/21/2010 5:33:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The North Star National ^ | December 21, 2010 | Dan Calabrese
    Senate Democrats have decided the way to muster public support for President Obama’s START treaty with the Russians is to present the issue as a choice between rational, experienced, calm foreign policy heads . . . and an airhead. Specifically Sarah Palin, or at least the Saturday Night Live cartoon version of Sarah Palin. On their web site, Senate Democrats pose the question thusly: In supporting ratification of the New START Treaty, Democrats are siding with the cross-party consensus view of virtually the entire foreign policy establishment – including former President George H.W. Bush, Secretary of Defense Gates, Secretary of...
  • South Korean army chief quits as scale of North's nuclear ambition emerges

    12/15/2010 4:32:36 PM PST · by mojito · 17 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12/14/2010 | Justin McCurry
    The chief of the South Korean army resigned today, two weeks after the defence minister was replaced amid sharp criticism of the country's response to North Korea's attack on Yeonpyeong island. General Hwang Eui-don's resignation came as South Korean intelligence officials warned that North Korea has been secretly enriching uranium at as many as four undisclosed locations, potentially giving it access to a new source of fissile material for nuclear weapons. The enrichment plants are in addition to a similar facility at the regime's main nuclear facility in Yongbyon, revealed last month, following a visit by the US scientist Siegfried...
  • China Joins the Axis of Evil (NorK Super Modern Enrichment Facility Built by China)

    12/07/2010 2:50:05 PM PST · by mojito · 2 replies · 1+ views
    WSJ ^ | 12/7/2010 | Bret Stephens
    Last month, U.S. nuclear scientist Siegfried Hecker paid his fourth visit to North Korea, where he was granted a tour of some of the hermit kingdom's nuclear facilities. Think WikiLeaks is bad? Compared to what the former director of the Los Alamos lab saw, it's nothing. Mr. Hecker was given a tour of a construction site where Pyongyang intends to build a 100-megawatt reactor. Next he was taken to a uranium enrichment facility. "The first look through the windows of the observation deck into the two long high-bay areas was stunning," relates Mr. Hecker. "Instead of seeing a few small...
  • 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
    FoxNews.com ^ | 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
    http://bigpeace.com/ ^ | 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...