September 30, 2003

North Korea rejects nuclear talks

In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly, North Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Choe Su Honm has said it is not interested in further talks aimed at defusing the crisis over its nuclear program and has no expectations of any results.

The United States and its key Asian allies, Japan and South Korea, hope to persuade North Korea to hold another round of six-way talks on Pyongyang's nuclear arms program in November, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly, Washington's pointman on Pyongyang, said on Wednesday. [via BBC]

IAEA Demands 'Full Cooperation' from Iran

The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief warned on Tuesday that unless Iran began to give him "full cooperation" soon it would fail to meet an October 31 deadline to prove it has it has no secret nuclear weapons program.

The IAEA has found traces of weapons-grade uranium at two sites in Iran, raising suspicions that Iran has long been making enriched uranium. [via Yahoo]
September 29, 2003

Iran Acknowledges Enriched Uranium Found

Iran acknowledged Monday that traces of weapons-grade uranium were found at one of its nuclear facilities, but denied it enriched the material, and its foreign minister said the country was prepared to allow unfettered nuclear inspections. [via Yahoo]
September 26, 2003

Afghanistan Signs, Ratifies Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

Afghanistan has signed and ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) on 24 September 2003, on the seventh anniversary of the Treaty's opening for signature. To date, 169 nations have signed the treaty and 105 have ratified it, including 32 of the 44 nations whose ratifications are necessary for the treaty to enter into force.
September 25, 2003

More Iranian Nuclear Discoveries

The IAEA team in Iran has found additional traces of weapons-grade uranium in Iran, adding to international concerns about the nature of Tehran's nuclear programs. [via CBSNEWS, BBC]
September 24, 2003

Iran Denies Having Nuclear Weapons Technology

Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi on Wednesday denied that Iran has the technology to produce nuclear weapons and said Tehran would never abandon its nuclear programs. "No, we do not have the technology to produce nuclear weapons. We have the technology to enrich uranium. This is a difference between having the technology to enrich uranium needed for power plant as fuel and the technology to actually make a bomb", said Kharrazi. [via Yahoo News]

Iran Conducts Uranium Enrichment Experiments

Iran has begun uranium enrichment experiments, Iran's top diplomat at the International Atomic Energy Agency announced. [Nuclear Threat Initiative]
September 23, 2003

Hitler's scientists and the atom bomb: Farm Hall revisited

The BBC has an article about Farm Hall. This is where the captured German scientists were taken to learn about the progress of the German atomic bomb project. There is a forthcoming book entitled, Hitler's Scientists that is referenced by the article.
September 22, 2003

Iran Scales Back Cooperation, Cites IAEA Deadline

Iran had been allowing the International Atomic Energy Agency more oversight than required under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. "On the strict orders of President Mohammad Khatami, we allowed IAEA inspectors to take environmental samples and visit non-nuclear sites. This has been beyond our obligations, but from now on we will act according to the current regulations," Ali Akbar Salehi, said in an interview on state television.

The governing board of the IAEA earlier this month gave Iran until the end of October to resolve doubts that its stated policy of developing nuclear energy was not a cover for building atomic arms.

ALSOS Digital Library Updated

Version 3.0 of the Alsos Digital Library for Nuclear Issues at The website has a new look and feel that is designed to improve its use. One new feature allows direct access to articles and books that are available on the web. It also contains approximately 1000 annotated references.

We have been working closely with the ALSOS team on this effort. In addition, their annotators have processed an additional 400 references including a number that address post cold war issues.
September 18, 2003

Moments of Discovery:The Discovery of Fission

The Center for History of Physics has produced a new Web exhibit "Moments of Discovery:The Discovery of Fission," weaves together excerpts from oral history interviews and other tape recordings of the voices of Albert Einstein, Otto Hahn, Lise Meitner, Enrico Fermi, and many others, in a professionally narrated story of the historical turning-point when nuclear energy first came into view. It emphasizes the social process: how an odd phenomenon was glimpsed by experimenters, tentatively explained by theorists, and confirmed around the world.
September 16, 2003

History of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation is located on 565-square-miles of desert in southeastern Washington State near the Tri-Cities area of Richland, Pasco and Kennewick. For more than forty years, Hanford released radioactive materials into the environment on an uninformed public while producing plutonium for the U.S. nuclear arsenal during the Cold War era. Although the majority of the releases were due to activities related to production, some were also planned and intentional.

This outstanding website examines the history of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Note: the Flash plug-in is required.
September 15, 2003

Iran remains fully committed to NPT

Iran remains fully committed to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) despite its objections to being handed a deadline to prove it is not developing atomic weapons, Iranian vice president and atomic energy agency chief Gholamreza Aghazadeh said.

"Iran is fully committed to its NPT responsibilities not only because of its contractual obligation but also because of its religious and ethical considerations," Aghazadeh told a general conference in Vienna of the IAEA's 136 member states. [via Yahoo! News]
September 12, 2003

U.N. sets deadline for Iran on its nuclear program

The IAEA on Friday gave Iran until the end of October to disprove suspicions about its nuclear program, setting the stage for possible U.N. Security Council action if it doesn’t comply. The resolution follows weeklong meetings by the 35 member Board in Vienna. Iran has protested this resolution.
September 11, 2003

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September 10, 2003

Customs Fails to Detect Depleted Uranium - Again

Last month the container ship Charlotte Maersk pulled into the port of Los Angeles after a trip across the Pacific from Jakarta, Indonesia. It was carrying about 15 pounds of depleted uranium that went undetected. The container sent by ABCNEWS from overseas as part of a test of security at American ports. [via ABCNews]
September 09, 2003

Edward Teller, 'father of the H-bomb' dies

Edward Teller, a pioneer in atomic physics dubbed the "father of the H-bomb" for his role in the early development of nuclear weapons, died on Tuesday. Teller had suffered a stroke earlier this week and died at his home.

He had recently written Memoirs: A Twentieth-Century Journey in Science and Politics. More information will be post at

U.S. Says Iran Violating Nuclear Treaty

The United States accused Iran on Tuesday of violating the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty but said Tehran had "a last chance" to prove it wasn't running a covert weapons program.

Backed by key allies, chief U.S. delegate Kenneth Brill took Iran to task on the basis of a report outlining discrepancies between its past statements on its nuclear program and findings by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The report, by IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei, lists the discovery of weapons-grade enriched uranium and other evidence that critics say point to a weapons program. [ABC News]
September 03, 2003

Pakistan rules out nuclear freeze

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf says the country's nuclear weapons program is being given top national priority in order to consolidate the need for minimum deterrence. [via BBC]
September 02, 2003

All Nuclear Weapons Materials Have Been Removed From Rocky Flats

The Rocky Flats site in Colorado is now free of nuclear weapons material, U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham announced (Press Release). The facility fabricated the plutonium cores of every nuclear weapon now in the U.S. stockpile. “Rocky Flats helped the United States win the Cold War and it is no longer in the nuclear weapons business,” Abraham said. The Energy Department currently is cleaning the facility.

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