At its meeting November 26, the IAEA Board of Governors adopted a resolution on the implementation of NPT safeguards in the Islamic Republic of Iran. In his opening remarks at the press conference, Director General Mohamed ElBaradei said this has been "a good day for peace, multilateralism and non-proliferation" [via IAEA.org]
Gen. John "Jack" Dailey, director of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, the most widely visited museum in the world, has announced plans to display the Enola Gay--the B-29 Superfortress that dropped the atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima--as the centerpiece of the museum's new Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Washington Dulles International Airport. That August 6, 1945 attack, according to recent estimates, resulted in over 140,000 deaths. A second atomic bomb dropped three days later on the city of Nagasaki caused an estimated 70,000 deaths.
The planned exhibit, set to open December 15, is devoid of meaningful historical context and of any discussion of the ongoing controversy surrounding the bombings. Furthermore, the exhibit lacks any information regarding the number of casualties resulting from the atomic bombing. The "Committee for a National Discussion of Nuclear History and Current Policy" has formulated a powerful statement of principles, which appears on their website: http://www.enola-gay.org.
The Smithsonian recently responded to the statement of principles , and defended it's decision to exhibit the plane by arguing that the text and plaque used to describe the B-29 is exactly the same kind used for other aircraft in the museum.
We here at atomicarchive.com support the open discussion of the presentation of this historical aircraft. This plane's place in history is more than just a B-29 in a museum, but rather a focal point in our history. The risks of invasion were great and the devastion to Hiroshima and Nagasaki tremendous. We need to provide a balanced display about the role of this plane in our history, so each visitor can learn about the events and decisions of that fateful time.
"Should any further serious Iranian failures come to light, the board of governors would consider... all options at its disposal "Text from a draft resolution on Iran that the IAEA board is expected to approve tomorrow. If it is adopted, the resolution would constitute the formal international response to recent Iranian admissions of secret nuclear activities. [via BBC]
China, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the United States have agreed to begin the next round of talks to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis December 17 in Beijing. [via NTI.org]
The United States, Britain, Germany and France have reached agreement on a compromise UN draft resolution warning Tehran to stop violating nuclear non-proliferation safeguards. [via Yahoo]
The United States accused Iran of trying to make nuclear arms, in harsh comments Friday at an U.N atomic agency meeting that reflected the split between Washington and key European nations over how far to go in censuring Tehran for past activities. [via CBS News]
The U.N. atomic agency (IAEA) has identified Russia, China and Pakistan as among the probable suppliers of equipment Iran used to conduct suspected nuclear weapons programs. [via Yahoo]
The United States has accused the U.N. nuclear watchdog of downplaying what it says is clear proof Iran is working on an atomic bomb. The International Atomic Energy Agency's confidential report obtained by Reuters concluded there was no evidence yet that Iran's nuclear program was for anything but peaceful purposes. [via BBC]
North Korea appears to have built one or two nuclear weapons it could be confident would work even without a test nuclear blast, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has told Congress. "We assess that North Korea has produced one or two simple fission-type nuclear weapons and has validated the designs without conducting yield-producing nuclear tests," the CIA said. [via Yahoo]
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Monday in a confidential report obtained by Reuters that Iran had acknowledged producing a small amount of plutonium, a material useable in a nuclear bomb.
In contrast to Tehran's previous denials, the IAEA said Iran also "acknowledged that 'a limited number of tests using small amounts of (uranium hexafluoride) had been conducted in 1999 and 2002' at the Kalaye Electric Company."
The IAEA also said that Iran had admitted to establishing a laser uranium-enrichment plant that it had kept secret from the U.N. nuclear watchdog. [via Yahoo]
Iran will deliver a letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency within days announcing its decision to sign the Additional Protocol, which would allow the agency to conduct more intrusive monitoring of Tehran's nuclear activities. [via NTI]
A Russian Typhoon-class ballistic missile submarine has been sent to the Sevmash defense yard in the northern city of Severodvinsk for dismantlement, ITAR-Tass reported today. [via NTI]
North Korea envoy to Britain, Ambassador Ri Yong Ho told Reuters in an interview that North Korea would only use its capability in self-defense. Asked if North Korea had a nuclear bomb, he said: "What we are saying is, a nuclear deterrent capability." [via Yahoo]
Italy announced Wednesday it is granting 720 million euros (823 million dollars) to Russia to help it destroy its huge chemical weapons arsenal and safely dispose of its Soviet-era nuclear submarines. The agreement covering nuclear submarines also includes the disposal of radioactive fuel. [via EUbusiness.com ]
Artist Jim Sanborn has a new exhibit entitled "Atomic Time: Pure Science and Seduction". It features Critical Assembly,a major installation inspired by the Manhattan Project (1942-55), thefirst nuclear weaponsprogram at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory in New Mexico, and a series of photographs titled Atomic Time.
The exhibit runs from November 1 through January 26, 2004 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
U.S. House of Representatives and Senate negotiators agreed to give President Bush money to study new types of nuclear weapons. The bill would give Bush half of the $15 million he had sought to develop an earth-penetrating nuclear warhead for use against deeply buried bunkers and all of the $6 million he wanted to research small, low-yield nuclear weapons.
Both chambers are expected to clear the spending bill. [via Yahoo!]
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The international consortium charged with building light-water reactors in North Korea has announced it will postpone a decision on whether to suspend the project until November 21.
These reactors were to be built as part of the 1994 agreement with North Korea to suspend its nuclear weapons program. [via CNN]