North Korea talks end without agreementSix-nation talks on North Korea's nuclear program have ended in Beijing without a major breakthrough. The meeting ended with agreement to hold more negotiations before July and form a lower-level "working group" to handle details of the 16-month-old dispute. Both are steps toward establishing an enduring line of communication between the United States and the North, which have no diplomatic relations. [via BBC]
North Korea nuclear summit extendedSix-nation talks in Beijing aimed at resolving a crisis over North Korea's nuclear program will continue longer than scheduled, officials say. China wants all parties to sign a joint statement as a basis for further talks.
But it remained unclear whether a North Korean offer to stop nuclear activities would be enough to satisfy US demands it completely dismantle its programs. [via BBC]
North Korea makes nuclear offerNorth Korea has offered to halt its nuclear activities in return for "corresponding measures" by the US.Pyongyang called on Washington to give up its "hostile policy" towards North Korea, and reiterated demands for security guarantees from the US. [via MSNBC]
Six-Nation North Korea Nuclear Talks OpenU.S. and North Korean top envoys held rare, face-to-face talks Wednesday on the sidelines of six-nation negotiations on the North's nuclear program, in which South Korea offered the North compensation to abandon its nuclear weapons ambitions. [via BBC]
Introducing: The Bomb ProjectThe Bomb Project http://www.thebombproject.org is a comprehensive on-line compendium of nuclear-related links, imagery and documentation. It is intended specifically as a resource for artists, and encourages those working in all media, from net.art, film and video, eco-intervention and site-specific installation to more traditional forms of agitprop, to use this site to search for raw material. The Bomb Project has gathered together links to nuclear image archives (still and moving), historical documents, current news, NGOs and activist organizations as well as government labs and arms treaties. It makes accessible the declassified files and graphic documentation produced by the nuclear industry itself, providing a context for comparative study, analysis and creativity.
Nuclear substance found in IranInternational inspectors have found that Iran has produced and experimented with polonium, a radioactive element that can help trigger a nuclear blast. Polonium can be used in conjunction with another metal - beryllium - to ensure that the chain reaction leading to a nuclear explosion is initiated at the correct moment. Polonium-210 is a radioactive metallic substance that does indeed have a number of industrial uses. [via BBC]
North Korea Ready to Abandon Nuclear ProgramJapan said Monday that North Korea has expressed "readiness" to abolish its nuclear program and the United States hinted at new flexibility as well, as diplomats streamed into the Chinese capital for a six-nation meeting. [via Yahoo]
Libya wants to keep some nuclear capacityIAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei said that Libya wants to keep some nuclear capabilities for civilian purposes after it finishes dismantling its programs to develop weapons of mass destruction. "They want to keep their research reactor, which is legitimate," International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) head ElBaradei told reporters after meeting Libyan Foreign Minister Abdulrahman Mohammed Shalgam. [via Yahoo]
Iran admits using nuclear dealersIran has acknowledged for the first time that it has bought nuclear equipment on the black market. A foreign ministry spokesman said certain items were bought from international dealers, including some from the Indian subcontinent. [via BBC]
Libya 'produced nuclear material'The International Atomic Energy Agency has said Libya managed to produce a small amount of plutonium using technology acquired on the black market. The report did not specify the amount, but said it was not enough to make a nuclear bomb. [via BBC]
Manhattan Project Notebook (1945)This notebook records an experiment of the Manhattan Project, the all-out, but highly secret, effort of the Federal Government to build an atomic bomb during World War II. Recorded here is the world's first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction, achieved on December 2, 1942. [via National Archives]
Iran nuclear find 'concerns' USU.N. inspectors in Iran have discovered high-tech equipment to process uranium at an air force base outside Tehran. Diplomats say this is the first known link between a suspected nuclear program and the Iranian military.
The equipment found, an advanced gas centrifuge system, is used to process uranium, which can then be used for nuclear fuel or warheads. [via BBC]
Putin says Russia to have new weapons soonPresident Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that the Russian military would soon receive next-generation strategic weapons and might develop its own missile defense.
"The experiments conducted during these maneuvers, the experiments that were completed successfully, have proven that state-of-the art technical complexes will enter service with the Russian Strategic Missile Forces in the near future," Putin said in remarks broadcast by Russian television stations.
Putin also said that Russia would continue research work in defenses against ballistic missiles and might build a missile shield in the future, the Interfax and ITAR-Tass news agencies reported. [via MSNBC]
Iran 'ready to sell nuclear fuel'Iran has announced that it is ready to sell nuclear fuel abroad. They insist it will enrich uranium only to the level needed to fuel power stations and not to higher, weapons-grade purity. Under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, countries are allowed to enrich uranium, but must notify the International Atomic Energy Agency they are doing so. Iran promised the IAEA in October that it would suspend its uranium enrichment program. Saturday's announcement may suggest that it has not done so. [via BBC]
Libya nuclear warhead plans from ChinaDrawings of a nuclear warhead that Libya surrendered as part of its decision to renounce weapons of mass destruction are of 1960s Chinese design, but likely came from Pakistan, diplomats and experts told The Associated Press.
China is widely assumed to have been Pakistan's key supplier of much of the clandestine nuclear technology used to establish Islamabad as a nuclear power in 1998 and resold to rogue regimes through the black market network headed by Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan. [via CNN
Pakistani Businessman Held in Nuclear ProbeA Pakistani businessman has been detained for questioning about his suspected links to the disgraced father of the country's nuclear program, officials said Sunday.
It was unclear exactly when Aizaz Jaffery was detained or what ties he is suspected of having to Abdul Qadeer Khan, Pakistan's top nuclear scientist. [via ABC News]