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Links 1 through 10 of 97 by Keith Porter tagged nuclear

The joint declaration of the ministers of foreign affairs of Turkey, Iran and Brazil signed on Monday came as a surprise to the international community. But the United States’ reaction to the uranium swap agreement, and the Turkish interpretation of this reaction, once more highlighted the gap between the U.S. and Turkey in their approaches to what is one of the most important issues on the transatlantic agenda.

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Iran said Tuesday that Brazil and Turkey have offered a promising new proposal for a nuclear fuel deal as Tehran steps up a diplomatic push to stave off new U.N. sanctions over its disputed nuclear program. Tehran has made a series of counteroffers after rejecting a U.N.-backed plan that offered nuclear fuel rods for a reactor in exchange for Iran's stock of lower-level enriched uranium. But they appear to fall short of Western demands aimed at ensuring Tehran is unable to produce nuclear weapons.

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Australia’s non-proliferation envoy Gareth Evans has slammed the India-United States nuclear deal, saying it is a major hurdle to the goal of a nuclear-free world. “Everybody knows that from India’s point of view it was a brilliant success but from the point of view of non-proliferation objectives it wasn’t as helpful as it could have been,” Mr. Evans told journalists here.

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The author argues that the nature of Brazil's nuclear program will largely depend on what Venezuela does: If the Venezuela-Iran nuclear collaboration is not transparent -- and creates as much international suspicion as Iran's semi-secret nuclear program -- Brazil may change its mind, and Latin America could soon cease to be the world's most populous nuclear-free area.

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Before 9/11, most Americans found the idea that international terrorists could mount an attack on their homeland and kill thousands of innocent citizens not just unlikely but inconceivable. After more than eight years without a second attack on U.S. soil, some skeptics suggest that 9/11 was a 100-year flood. The view that terrorists are preparing even more deadly assaults seems far-fetched. Yet President Barack Obama rightly identifies nuclear terrorism as "a threat that rises above all others in urgency." As he recently said, "There is no graver danger to global security than the threat of nuclear terrorism and no more immediate task for the international community than to address that threat." The U.N. Security Council recently adopted a resolution that in part calls for reducing the risk of nuclear terrorism "with the aim of securing all vulnerable nuclear material ... within four years."

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In line with this approach, His Highness the Amir (of Kuwait), Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, has given instructions to the government to map out a strategy for harnessing the nuclear energy for peaceful use. In response, the cabinet decided, last March, to establish the national higher committee for nuclear energy, under chairmanship of HH the Prime Minister, Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah. He praised the Security Council resolution 1540 on barring access to weapons of mass destruct ion by terrorists.

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The United States faces the urgent challenge of using the year ahead to limit the risks of nuclear proliferation and to lower the level of nuclear weapons in the world. Achieving these goals is crucial to a peaceful century. President Barack Obama has undertaken a variety of initiatives to reduce American and Russian nuclear arsenals, dissuade states that have forgone nuclear weapons from acquiring them, stop the production of fissile material for military purposes, tighten measures to keep nuclear weapons from ever being used, prevent dangerous technology from falling into the hands of terrorists and promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy. In late September, leaders at the United Nations and the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh committed themselves to all these goals. Yet in the midst of those meetings, President Obama, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy revealed that Iran had been secretly ...

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The United Nations kicked off a three-day conference Wednesday intended to review the effort to keep weapons of mass destruction out of the hands of terrorists. U.N. Security Council Committee 1540, named after a 2004 resolution on the non-proliferation of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, welcomed 35 nations and 19 organizations for a three-day summit in New York. "The review in general is a process to assess the evolution of risks and threats, to address specific critical issues and to identify possible new approaches for the implementation of the resolution," committee Chairman and Ambassador of Costa Rica Jorge Urbina said.

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The L’Aquila Statement on Non-Proliferation, released at the end of the G-8 Summit in Italy, received little notice -- except in India. Some in New Delhi took exception to one paragraph of the communiqué that called on the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) to make further progress “on mechanisms to strengthen controls on transfers” of enrichment and reprocessing (ENR) technologies.

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U.S. President Barack Obama will be chairing a meeting at Heads of State level of the UN Security Council on 24 September 2009 to discuss nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, including the CTBT and its entry into force. It will be the first time since 1992 that such a meeting is convened.

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