NPSGlobal Foundation, 13 Dic 2013.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that preliminary talks on negotiations to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon broke up to allow all sides to carry out consultations but one report said Tehran walked out to protest a move by Washington to expand a sanctions blacklist.
“There is every expectation that talks are going to continue in the next few days, and that we will proceed to the full implementation of that plan,” Kerry told reporters at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, according to a State Department transcript.
NPSGlobal Foundation, 12 Dec 2013.
The effort to dispose of Syrian chemical weapons is facing delays and an array of challenges related to the transport and the method of eliminating the chemical agents of the weapons, news reports have said.
Ahmet Uzumcu, the director general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), said earlier this week that it would be difficult to meet the Dec. 31, 2013 deadline for transporting the most critical elements of the chemical weapons out of Syria.
“In view of the circumstances in this country, it will be quite difficult to meet this timeline,” Uzumcu was quoted by news services as saying in Oslo, where he traveled to receive the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the OPCW.
NPSGlobal Foundation, 10 Dec 2013.
Iran Monday reported that it has used laser technology to improve the targeting accuracy of missiles with a regional reach, the Associated Press reported.
The U.S. news agency said Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan told state-run television in Iran that the country had achieved the ability to “pinpoint” targets, hitting within two meters.
The news report said while Tehran has previously made claims regarding enhancements to its military technology that could not be corroborated, the U.S. Defense Department earlier this year reported that Iran had made advancements in its ability to target with precision.
By Tim Craig and Haq Nawaz Khan, Washington Post, 29 Sept 2013.
A car bomb tore through a centuries-old market in Peshawar on Sunday, killing at least 41 people in the third major attack on the Pakistani city in a week.
NPSGlobal Foundation, 9 Dec 2013
More than 30 months after an earthquake and a tsunami damaged Japan`s Fukushima nuclear plant a team of exports has reported that enormous resources and innovative technologies will have to be employed to overcome the complex issues still to be resolved in decommissioning the facility.
“The team also notes that the current situation is very complex, and that there are still some very challenging issues (e.g. contaminated water management, nuclear fuel removal and fuel debris removal) that must be resolved to ensure the long-term sustainability of the plant´s stable condition,” the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report said.
Reuters, 3 Sep 2013.
Canadian uranium exploration company Fission Uranium Corp (FCU.V) said on Tuesday that it agreed to buy Alpha Minerals Inc (AMW.V) in a deal worth about C$185 million ($176 million) in stock, giving Fission full control of a promising uranium deposit.
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.
World Nuclear News, 20 Aug 2013.
The cooling of the reactor cores damaged in March 2011 still requires a constant flow of water, which circulates through the power plant basements. The water becomes radioactive after contact with the cores and is pumped to a storage and treatment facility before recirculation for cooling.
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