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IN THIS ISSUE: Iran agrees to discuss nuclear proposal in Moscow, Iran claims designing nuclear submarine, Turkey to declare $4 Bln decision on air defense, DPRK has no plans 'at present' for nuclear test, N.R.C. nomination, Fukui Governor looks to OK reactor restarts.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012
 

Iran Agrees to Discuss Nuclear Proposal in Moscow

The Moscow Times

Ashton and Jalili

Iran has agreed to discuss a proposal to curb production of high-grade uranium when the seven negotiating parties meet in Moscow next week, European Union officials said Monday.

Iran's acceptance has the potential to reduce tensions ahead of the talks. The development follows more than two weeks of wrangling between Iranian diplomats and Western negotiators.

On Monday, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, had a one-hour phone conversation with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and agreed to focus on the six powers' demands.  Full Article

Related:
U.S. Exempts Seven Countries That Consume Iran Oil From Sanctions (Richter, LA Times)



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Al Arabiya
Iran has taken "initial steps" to design its first nuclear-powered submarine, a deputy navy commander claimed in an interview with the Fars news agency published on Tuesday. "Initial steps to design and build nuclear submarine propulsion systems have begun," Admiral Abbas Zamini, the technical deputy navy chief, told the agency.     Full Article

Ümit Enginsoy | Hürriyet Daily News
Turkish authorities are gearing up next month to announce their pick for Turkey’s critical Long-Range Air and Missile Defense Systems. Russian, Chinese, American and European companies are in the running. Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Eurosam, Rosoboronexport and CP-MIEC are all among the contenders.     Full Article

 
 
China Daily
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea said on Saturday it has no plans to conduct a nuclear test "at present", an announcement which analysts said was made under increasing pressure from the international community.     Full Article

Matthew L. Wald | New York Times
When the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee meets on Wednesday to consider President Obama's choice to head the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, three themes are likely to dominate the questioning: waste, waste and earthquakes. Collegiality and diplomacy may also be mentioned.     Full Article

 
 
Japan Times
Fukui Gov. Issei Nishikawa is expected this week to endorse the restart of two reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co.'s Oi atomic plant, after a local nuclear safety commission officially informed him Monday that steps have been taken to ensure their safety.     Full Article

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45%

of the Chinese general public

believe their country should share a global leadership role.

30%

of Indian parliamentarians

have criminal cases pending against them.

140

charter schools in the United States

are linked to Turkey’s Gülen movement.

2.5–5

thousand tons of chemical weapons

are in North Korea’s possession.

92%

of import tariffs

among Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru have been eliminated.

$2.34

trillion a year

is unaccounted for in official Chinese income statistics.

37%

of GDP in oil-exporting Arab countries

comes from the mining sector.

72%

of Europeans and Turks

are opposed to intervention in Syria.

90%

of Russian exports to China

are hydrocarbons; machinery accounts for less than 1%.

13%

of undiscovered oil

is in the Arctic.

17

U.S. government shutdowns

occurred between 1976 and 1996.

40%

of Ukrainians

want an “international economic union” with the EU.

120

million electric bicycles

are used in Chinese cities.

60–70%

of the world’s energy supply

is consumed by cities.

58%

of today’s oils

require unconventional extraction techniques.

67%

of the world's population

will reside in cities by 2050.

50%

of Syria’s population

is expected to be displaced by the end of 2013.

18%

of the U.S. economy

is consumed by healthcare.

81%

of Brazilian protesters

learned about a massive rally via Facebook or Twitter.

32

million cases pending

in India’s judicial system.

1 in 3

Syrians

now needs urgent assistance.

370

political parties

contested India’s last national elections.

70%

of Egypt's labor force

works in the private sector.

70%

of oil consumed in the United States

is for the transportation sector.

20%

of Chechnya’s pre-1994 population

has fled to different parts of the world.

58%

of oil consumed in China

was from foreign sources in 2012.

$536

billion in goods and services

traded between the United States and China in 2012.

$100

billion in foreign investment and oil revenue

have been lost by Iran because of its nuclear program.

4700%

increase in China’s GDP per capita

between 1972 and today.

$11

billion have been spent

to complete the Bushehr nuclear reactor in Iran.

2%

of Iran’s electricity needs

is all the Bushehr nuclear reactor provides.

78

journalists

were imprisoned in Turkey as of August 2012 according to the OSCE.

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