Iran nuclear project forges aheadIran inaugurated its new heavy water plant at Arak (120 miles (190 kms) south-west of Tehran) over the weekend. The heavy water made at Arak will be used to cool a reactor being built that will create a plutonium by-product that could be used to make nuclear warheads. New plant now produces up to 16t of heavy water per year - Iran wants to produce up to 80t a year.
After inaugurating the heavy water plant, the Iranian president again said Iran would never abandon its nuclear program, but that nuclear weapons were not its goal. Western diplomats say producing heavy water itself does not violate non-proliferation treaties. [via BBC NEWS]
Iran documentsThe independent, nonpartisan Arms Control Association has posted on its web site five Iranian proposals to resolve international concerns about Iran’s nuclear program. These documents, some of which have not been published previously, provide new insights into Iran’s negotiating positions and objectives during the past three years.
Update: Iran responseThe six world powers studying Iran's response to their offer of nuclear negotiations will likely reject Tehran's terms for talks because they do not refer to the possibility of freezing uranium enrichment, diplomats said Thursday.
For more analysis, head over to Iran Nuclear Watch, which is written by our good friend Carah Ong at Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation.
Trafficking in Nuclear and Radioactive Material in 2005The IAEA has just released their 2005 report on trafficking nuclear and radioactive materials. There were 103 confirmed incidents of illicit trafficking and other unauthorized activities involving nuclear and radioactive materials in 2005. The full press release and report can be found on the IAEA website.
Iran Ready for 'Serious' Nuclear Talks?Iran's top nuclear negotiator said Tuesday that Tehran was ready to enter "serious negotiations" over its disputed nuclear program but did not say whether it was willing to suspend uranium enrichment the West's key demand.
The negotiator, Ali Larijani, hand-delivered Iran's response to a six-nation package of nuclear incentives aimed at persuading it to suspend enrichment. He gave the reply to ambassadors from Britain, China, Russia, France, Germany and Switzerland, state-run television said, without disclosing details.
"Iran is prepared as of Aug. 23 to enter serious negotiations" with the countries that proposed the package, state-run television quoted Larijani as telling the envoys.
Iranian officials close to the meeting said Iran offered a "new formula" to resolve the dispute as part of its formal response to the incentive package. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information.
"Iran has provided a comprehensive response to everything said in the Western package. In addition, Iran, in its formal response, has asked some questions to be answered," one official said, without elaborating. [via ABC News]
Sorry kids you can't play in Dad's home office, it now has 'new' secrets...The National Security Archive's work on the retroactive classification of U.S. strategic missile totals was reported in a Washington Post story. You must read these (while you can)!
Let's ignore that these numbers have been in the public record for years. I wonder how many books and articles I have contain them? Do have to install a cipher lock in the spare bedroom where I keep my research material. Oh my gosh, the copies of my web pages in Google's cache or the Internet archive!! Maybe I can apply for grant from Homeland Security to 'safeguard' this critical data!
Another great post on this issue can found at DefenseTech.org
What's next? Casuality totals from the U.S. Civil War?
IAEA Inspectors blocked in IranIran has turned away U.N. inspectors wanting to examine its underground nuclear site in an apparent violation of the Nonproliferation Treaty, diplomats and U.N. officials said Monday.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the confidentiality of the information, told The Associated Press that Iran's unprecedented refusal to allow access to the facility at Natanz could seriously hamper international efforts to ensure that Tehran is not trying to make nuclear weapons.
The revelation came on the eve of Iran's self-imposed Aug. 22 deadline to respond to a Western incentives package for it to roll back its disputed nuclear program. [via MSNBC.com]
N. Korea Appears to Be Preparing for Nuclear Test?There is new evidence that North Korea may be preparing for an underground test of a nuclear bomb, U.S. officials told ABC News.
"It is the view of the intelligence community that a test is a real possibility," said a senior State Department official.
A senior military official told ABC News that a U.S. intelligence agency has recently observed 'suspicious vehicle movement' at a suspected North Korean test site. [via ABC News]
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Look who's blogging now...Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is now blogging. (http://www.ahmadinejad.ir/)
In case you missed it, he was also interviewed on 60 Minutes (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/08/09/60minutes/main1879867.shtml)
Reflections on 61 years later....Today marks the 61st anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. I decided not write anything on the 6th, since the anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki is so often overshadowed by Hiroshima. This year's anniversaries have left me troubled. I look around the globe and wonder if we have learned anything by our abiliity to end civilization as we know it with the power of nuclear weapons. The death and destruction demonstrated by these small nuclear devices should have served as clear warnings to all that "everything has changed" to paraphrase Albert Einstein.
All I can do and hope for is a continued effort by the people and leaders of this fragile planet to find resolutions to our conflicts and focus on creating a safer and saner world for all. So, today take a moment and ask what can I do, then do it.
Secret Cities of the A-BombJust caught the end of this show. I hate it when I stumble on a show that I wish I knew about. I guess I'll scan for the rerun and let you know when it runs again.
Here is the summary of the show:
In 1939, a group of scientists--Albert Einstein among them--warned FDR of the possibility that Hitler's Germany might be close to producing an atomic bomb. Roosevelt issued an order--the US had to be the first to develop an atomic bomb and within three years they were well on their way to creating a hidden world of secret cities and classified nuclear facilities. Six decades later, we return to the once-classified sites where the course of history was decided. In top secret cities and nuclear facilities, we uncover and rebuild this lost world in three top-secret cities in isolated parts of Tennessee, New Mexico, and Washington State. This was to be the most costly and labor-intensive engineering program ever undertaken. Using classified material, eyewitness testimony, and cutting-edge graphic technology, we recreate the secret world of the Manhattan Proje
NORAD to moveThe military is virtually closing the secretive defense complex carved into Cheyenne Mountain that for decades has monitored North American skies for threats.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command operations center will be moved to nearby Peterson Air Force Base, which is home to the U.S. Northern Command created after the Sept. 11 attacks. NORAD, a joint U.S. and Canadian command, was set up in the 1960s to monitor the skies for threats like missiles, aircraft and space objects. [via MSNBC.com:
Iran reject UN's resolution to stop atomic work.Iran insists on its right to produce nuclear fuel, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday in response to a U.N. resolution demanding that Tehran stop its atomic work.
The Security Council on Monday demanded Iran suspend its nuclear activities by August 31 or face the threat of sanctions.
"The Iranian people see taking advantage of technology to produce nuclear fuel for peaceful purposes as their right,"Ahmadinejad told a crowd in the northeastern town of Bojnurd. [via MSNBC.com]