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IN THIS ISSUE: WMD nonproliferation in the Asia-Pacific, is Khamenei preparing Iran for a nuclear concession? African nuclear commission takes shape, Chinese merchant allegedly sought US technology for Iran, DPJ vow for next poll: a nuclear phaseout, nuclear submarine to serve decade after refit.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
 

A Regional Approach to WMD Nonproliferation in the Asia-Pacific

Togzhan Kassenova | Carnegie Policy Outlook

The Asia-Pacific region epitomizes the type of proliferation challenges the international community faces. Globalization turned the region into one of the most important international trade hubs, the home to leading dual-use companies, and the anticipated site of the world's most significant growth in nuclear energy. While those trends are beneficial, they also create new sources of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferation.

Several existing initiatives laid the groundwork for regional cooperation on WMD nonproliferation. But there are still a number of steps that governments in the Asia-Pacific region can take to promote greater regulation and transparency.  Full Article



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Fatemah Aman | Al-Monitor
Despite his frequent harsh and defiant rhetoric, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei may be looking for a way out of Iran’s growing isolation — and finding a precedent for doing so in the history of Shi’ite Islam.     Full Article

World Nuclear News
A new commission to coordinate and promote the development of nuclear energy in Africa is set to become fully operational after key founding documents were finalized and adopted. South Africa has agreed to host the commission in Pretoria.     Full Article

Joby Warrick | Washington Post
The Chinese toymaker said he was seeking parts for a “magic horse,” a metal-framed playground pony. But the exotic, wildly expensive raw material he wanted seemed better suited for space travel than backyard play.     Full Article

Japan Times
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's party is arranging to make a nuclear phaseout a key policy pledge in the next general election, sources in the Democratic Party of Japan said. The plan comes amid widespread opposition to the continued use of nuclear energy.     Full Article

RIA Novosti
The Russian Navy's submarine Novomoskovsk has been refitted and returned to service with the Northern Fleet, and will serve another ten years before being decommissioned in 2022.     Full Article

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