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Argentina Looking to Cement its Role as Nuclear Power

Irma Arguello gives his views on the past, present and future of the Argentine nuclear development.

Published in World Politics Review , 22 Jul 2014.

After Argentina signed a nuclear energy deal with Russia last week, the latest step in Argentina’s push to expand its nuclear industry.

Irma Arguello, chair of the NPSGlobal Foundation, discussed Argentina’s nuclear energy policy in an email interview.

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Global Security
U.N. report says Iran reduces sensitive uranium stockpiles by 75 percent U.N. report says Iran reduces sensitive uranium stockpiles by 75 percent

NPSGlobal Foundation, 17 Apr 2014.

A United Nations report Thursday said that Iran has reduced its stockpiles of sensitive uranium by 75% as part of a deal with six world powers seeking assurances of the peaceful nature of the country’s nuclear program, Reuters news agency reported.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said Iran had diluted half of its reserves of uranium with 20% enrichment.

Under the terms of the agreement, the other half of the country’s sensitive uranium reserves were to be converted to oxide. Reuters said that the U.N. agency reported that this process was halfway completed.

Nuclear & Radiological Weapons
U.S. Prosecutors Accuse Man of Holding Lethal Uranium Cache U.S. Prosecutors Accuse Man of Holding Lethal Uranium Cache

Global Security Newswire, 16 Apr 2014.

A terminated U.S. Army facility worker faces charges for holding what was thought to be a deadly form of uranium, the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Police detained 44-year-old Joseph Gibeau on Saturday after allegedly finding radioactive substances inside several lead-shielded containers at his home while responding to a domestic call, the newspaper reported on Tuesday. Two containers reportedly held a substance tentatively identified by authorities as uranium sulfate, a potentially lethal chemical.

 
Chem & Bio Weapons
OPCW says Syria has no margin for delays in destruction of chemical weapons OPCW says Syria has no margin for delays in destruction of chemical weapons

NPSGlobal Foundation, 14 Abr 2014.

The leader of the global monitoring group that is helping oversee the eradication of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal said Monday President Bashar al-Assad’s government has no more margin for delays if it is to meet the June deadline for destruction of its arsenal.

Ahmet Üzümcü, director general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said the removal of the chemicals had fallen behind a revised schedule that called for the delivery process to be completed by April 27.

Delivery Systems
North Korea Said to Move Missile Launcher to Coast North Korea Said to Move Missile Launcher to Coast

Global Security Newswire, 17 Apr 2014.

North Korea reportedly has deployed a mobile rocket launcher to its east coast in a possible sign that a threatened missile test is imminent.

A transporter-erector-launcher was detected moving toward the North's coast, an anonymous senior South Korean government official told the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper for a Tuesday report.

The mobile launcher was earlier fielded at the North's "central front," the official said. "North Korea made similar moves before the launch of its short-range FROG rockets and KN-09 ballistic missiles in late February and early March."

 
Conventional Arms
U.N. official urges action to assure that killer robots remain under human control U.N. official urges action to assure that killer robots remain under human control

NPSGlobal Foundation, 13 May 2014.

A high-level U.N. official today opened a four-day conference on lethal autonomous weapons encouraging delegates to take bold action to assure that the ultimate decision to take life remain under human control.

Non-state Actors
Study sees possible manufacture of guidance systems by a Chinese proliferator as a threat to peace Study sees possible manufacture of guidance systems by a Chinese proliferator as a threat to peace

NPSGlobal Foundation, 21 may 2014.

A study by security experts of a British university said that a Chinese businessman, who has been accused of supplying prohibited technology to Iran, may have begun manufacturing a key component of guidance systems for ballistic missiles, seriously threatening international peace and security.

 
Nuclear Energy
Building at Fukushima accidentally flood with 200 tons of radioactive water Building at Fukushima accidentally flood with 200 tons of radioactive water

NPSGlobal Foundation, 18 Apr 2014

The operator of the Fukushima nuclear power plant accidentally directed 200 tons of highly radioactive water to a building within the plant site that was not supposed to receive the contaminated water, the Japan Daily Press reported Thursday.

Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) told the Japan Daily Press that Japan’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) ordered the company to monitor for leakage even though TEPCO assured that the facility was watertight.

TEPCO reported that the highly contaminated water, which is used for cooling the disabled reactors, had been mistakenly routed to a group of buildings that house the central waste processing facilities for the plant.

Sensitive Materials
Japanese columnist says Washington may soon force Japan to accept traditional safeguards Japanese columnist says Washington may soon force Japan to accept traditional safeguards

NPSGlobal Foundation, Apr 14, 2014.

A Japanese columnist today said Washington may soon force Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government to accept traditional safeguards on its nuclear materials unless it backs down from its confrontational stance with neighboring countries.

Norihiro Kato, a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and literary professor at Waseda University, said in an Op-Ed piece in the newspaper that if Abe “continues on his confrontational agenda, his government may lose Washington’s support.”

 
Strategic Trade
Zimbabwe Minister Denies Report of Uranium Contract with Iran Zimbabwe Minister Denies Report of Uranium Contract with Iran

By Godfrey Marawanyika & Kevin Crowley, Bloomberg, 10 Aug 2013.

Zimbabwe hasn’t signed an agreement allowing uranium exports to Iran, Deputy Mining Minister Gift Chimanikire said, after a media report the country entered into a deal to export the material used to build nuclear weapons.

Prevention & Response
Los Alamos given deadline to secure nuclear-waste barrels linked to radiation leak Los Alamos given deadline to secure nuclear-waste barrels linked to radiation leak

NPSGlobal Foundation, 20 May 2014.

The state of New Mexico in the southwestern region of the United States has given the Los Alamos National Laboratory a deadline for securing 57 nuclear-waste barrels that were linked to a radiation leak in February, according to news reports.

New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn said the nuclear-waste drums may pose an “imminent” and “substantial” danger to health or the environment, NBC News reported. He said the laboratory had until Wednesday to propose how to secure the barrels to prevent further leaks.

 
 

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