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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Kuwait, Emirates sign up for reactors

Kuwait, Emirates sign up for reactors
Kuwait City (UPI) Jan 20, 2009 - Kuwait has signed a 20-year agreement with France to develop the Gulf state's nuclear industry, beefing up the Gulf states' leadership of an Arab drive to develop nuclear power that will reshape the region's energy policy. The United Arab Emirates sealed a $20.4 billion deal in December for the construction of four 1,400-megawatt nuclear power plants with a consortium led by South Korea ... more

http://www.nuclearpowerdaily.com/reports/Kuwait_Emirates_sign_up_for_reactors_999.html

South Korea Warns North on a First Nuclear Strike

South Korea Warns North on a First Nuclear Strike
Choe Sang-Hun, The New York Times
South Korea would launch a pre-emptive conventional strike against the North if there were clear indications of an impending nuclear attack, the South Korean defense minister said Wednesday in Seoul, even as both countries were holding talks about improvements at their jointly operated industrial park.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/21/world/asia/21korea.html

Gates Wants Nuclear Talks with China

Gates Wants Nuclear Talks with China
Bill Gertz, The Washington Times
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates discussed China's military buildup with Indian leaders in New Delhi on Wednesday and told reporters he wants talks with China on nuclear weapons, something Beijing has resisted.
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http://washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jan/21/gates-wants-nuclear-talks-with-china/

Iran Snubs Nuclear Fuel Deal: Diplomats

Iran Snubs Nuclear Fuel Deal: Diplomats
Simon Morgan, Agence France-Presse
Iran has effectively rejected a UN-brokered nuclear fuel supply deal, diplomats here said Wednesday, but the UN's atomic watchdog, the IAEA, insisted the offer was "still on the table."
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http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jE3pxVq3i-X7WBWT5okVqSexEYQg

How to Protect Our Nuclear Deterrent George P. Shultz et al., The Wall Street Journal

How to Protect Our Nuclear Deterrent
George P. Shultz et al., The Wall Street Journal
WSJThe four of us have come together, now joined by many others, to support a global effort to reduce reliance on nuclear weapons, to prevent their spread into potentially dangerous hands, and ultimately to end them as a threat to the world. We do so in recognition of a clear and threatening development.

The accelerating spread of nuclear weapons, nuclear know-how, and nuclear material has brought us to a tipping point. We face a very real possibility that the deadliest weapons ever invented could fall into dangerous hands.
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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704152804574628344282735008.html

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Egyptian government requests nuclear training from Korea

Egyptian government requests nuclear training from Korea
The Egyptian government has requested that South Korea conduct a training program for Egyptian nuclear technicians, according to the Korea International Cooperation Agency. The training will reportedly include a three- to four-year study program at the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute. Chosun Ilbo (South Korea)/Arirang News (South Korea)
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2010/01/19/2010011900793.html

Going Nuclear for the Election

Going Nuclear for the Election
World Nuclear News
As Ukraine's presidential election approaches, hopeful candidate Yulia Tymoshenko has embarked on a remarkable pro-nuclear campaigning spree.
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http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NP_Going_nuclear_for_the_election_1501101.html

South Korea Likely to Win Nuclear Power Plant Bid in Turkey: Report

South Korea Likely to Win Nuclear Power Plant Bid in Turkey: Report
MarketWatch
South Korea is likely to win the bid for building two nuclear power plants in Sinop of Turkey, Yonhap News Agency reported Saturday, citing Turkish media.
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http://www.marketwatch.com/story/south-korea-likely-to-win-nuclear-power-plant-bid-in-turkey-report-2010-01-16

Germany Warns Iran It Faces New Sanctions

Germany Warns Iran It Faces New Sanctions
Allyn Fisher-Ilan, Reuters
Iran faces further sanctions unless it changes stance in talks over its nuclear program, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday, even if there is no United Nations agreement to act against Tehran.
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http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE60H4PG20100118

Review Says Iran Never Halted Nuke Work in '03

Review Says Iran Never Halted Nuke Work in '03
Eli Lake, The Washington Times
U.S. intelligence agencies now suspect that Iran never halted work on its nuclear arms program in 2003, as stated in a national intelligence estimate made public three years ago, U.S. officials said.
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http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jan/19/review-says-iran-never-halted-nuke-work-in-2003/


* Newsweek: Coming Around on Iran
http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/declassified/archive/2010/01/15/coming-around-on-iran.aspx

Pakistan Blocks Agenda at U.N. Disarmament Conference

Pakistan Blocks Agenda at U.N. Disarmament Conference
Jonathan Lynn, Reuters
PakistanArms negotiators failed to start talks on Tuesday on cutting nuclear weapons when Pakistan blocked the adoption of the 2010 agenda for the U.N.-sponsored Conference on Disarmament.

The conference, the world's sole multinational negotiating forum for disarmament, spent much of 2009 stuck on procedural wrangles raised by Pakistan after breaking a 12-year deadlock to agree to a programme of work.

The impasse on Tuesday suggested 2010 would be another year of halting progress.
Full Article
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE60I26U20100119