June 28, 2007

New feature available on nuclearpathways.org

Wanted to let everyone know that we have just enabled the inline glossary feature on the nuclearpathways.org site. So now when you search on a word or phrase, if there is a definition for the that term or phase, it appears with the search results. We think this will make the engine just a bit more useful.

Check it out at www.nuclearpathways.org.

If there is something you would like to see developed, just let us know.

- atomicarchive.com team

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New section on website

We just uploaded a new page on "The British Mission". The text was originally published in LOS ALAMOS SCIENCE Winter/Spring 1983. For those who don't know what the British Mission was; it wasa team of British scientists led by Sir James Chadwick, and included Rudolph Peierls, M.L.E. Oliphant, Otto Frisch, James Tuck, Klaus Fuchs, and 13 others, who assisted the Manhattan Project in many critical areas as a part of the Quebec Agreement in August 1942. These scientists served diligently at Los Alamos throughout the war, and some even remained after its conclusion.

-atomicarchive.com

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June 27, 2007

A Year with the Nuclear Police - BBC

This BBC World Service two-part documentary charts a critical time for the nuclear watchdog of the United Nations - the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) - as concern grows about the spread of nuclear weapons.

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June 18, 2007

North Korean Reactor shutdown?

North Korea plans to seal its nuclear reactor, the source of weapons-grade plutonium, in the second half of July, Russia's Interfax news agency reported on Monday, citing an unidentified North Korean diplomatic source.

Despite more than two months of delay in beginning the dismantlement of the North's atomic program, it would still be possible to complete the nuclear disarmament of the communist state by the end of the year, the chief U.S. nuclear envoy said.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the U.N. nuclear watchdog, said on Monday a senior delegation would visit the North next week to agree on details for a return of its inspectors to monitor Pyongyang's promised nuclear shutdown.

"To stop the reactor, it will take about a month according to our specialists," the North Korean source was quoted as saying by Interfax.

"So we are counting on sealing it in the second half of July, in accordance with the agreements reached at the six-party talks," the source said. That Beijing forum brings together the two Koreas, the United States, China, Russia and Japan.

The Interfax report comes as North Korea said at the weekend it had invited IAEA inspectors into the country as part of the six-party deal reached in February to shut down the Soviet-era Yongbyon reactor in exchange for aid.

The diplomatic source said the IAEA delegation would be present at the first stage of stopping the reactor. [via Yahoo! News]

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June 11, 2007

U.K. Stops Iranian Nuclear Smuggling Effort

British officials have stopped an Iranian effort to purchase weapon-grade uranium from international smugglers, the London Observer reported yesterday.

Over 20 months, British intelligence services monitored a group of British citizens who successfully acquired the uranium from the Russian black market, according to the Observer. The smugglers planned to sell the material to Iran through a middleman in Sudan, investigators said.

Authorities disrupted the plot in early 2006 before the uranium was delivered. [via Nuclear Threat Initiative]

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June 05, 2007

IAEA Understanding of Iran's Nuclear Program Has "Deteriorated"

Top U.N. nuclear inspector Mohamed ElBaradei set the stage today for the Security Council to impose another round of sanctions against Iran. In a report distributed to the council and the International Atomic Energy Agency's governing board, he complained that the agency's understanding of Iran's nuclear program has “deteriorated”

For a good analysis of this, read Jeffery Lewis' comments.

ISIS has posted the May 23, 2007 IAEA report Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement and Relevant Provisions of Security Council Resolutions in the Islamic Republic of Iran on their website.

It is available for download here.

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Russia tests the R-24

From http://russianforces.org/
Strategic Rocket Forces conducted a successful test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, which was declared a missile of a new type, designated R-24. The launch was conducted at 14:20 MSK from the Plesetsk test site toward the Kura test site in Kamchatka. The missile was launched from a mobile launcher and carried multiple independently targeted warheads. The missile appears to be a version of the Topol-M missile modified to ensure compliance with the START Treaty. The treaty prohibits increasing the number of warheads on missiles of existing types. No details of the modification are available at the moment.

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House Panel Rejects Nuclear Warhead

In what seems to be a growing call for a clear articulation of U.S. nuclear policy, a House panel completely eliminated funding for a next-generation nuclear warhead in a fiscal 2008 energy appropriations bill approved on May 22.

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House Panel Rejects Nuclear Warhead

In what seems to be a growing call for a clear articulation of U.S. nuclear policy, a House panel completely eliminated funding for a next-generation nuclear warhead in a fiscal 2008 energy appropriations bill approved on May 22.

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U.S.-Indian Nuclear Talks Produce No Deal

U.S.-Indian talks last week failed "to bridge the remaining gaps" between the nations’ efforts to conclude a nuclear trade agreement, an Indian spokesman said.

Technical experts from both countries met Monday and Tuesday in London to discuss solutions to the impasse that has stalled a U.S. effort to sell nuclear technology and materials to India. Indian officials have objected to some of the nuclear nonproliferation measures contained in a U.S. law enabling the deal.

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U.S. to Allow START Pact to Lapse

The Bush administration will seek to negotiate a follow-on agreement to a major nuclear weapons treaty with Russia, but will not seek to extend the pact’s rigorous verification measures, Reuters reported. The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty is set to expire in 2009, ending the mutual verification provisions that have allowed the parties to confirm the destruction of nuclear weapon delivery vehicles that once carried thousands of nuclear warheads.

The 2002 Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty calls for the United States and Russia to further reduce the number of warheads they deploy, but it has no verification or monitoring provisions.

Under START, the United States and Russia reduced the number of deployed warheads to less than 6,000 each. In a recent data exchange, Russia declared that as of Jan. 1 it had 4,162 deployed strategic warheads and the United States declared having 5,866

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