November 19, 2015

Iran Begins Dismantling Nuclear Facilities: UN Watchdog

Tehran Times

Iran has begun dismantling parts of its nuclear program, as agreed under July’s landmark deal with major powers, a UN atomic watchdog report showed Wednesday. Iran “has started removing centrifuges and related infrastructure” at both the Natanz and Fordo enrichment facilities, said the restricted International Atomic Energy Agency quarterly report, seen by AFP.

Report: Iran’s Stockpile of Enriched Uranium Has Actually Grown, Despite the Nuclear Deal

Reuters and Armin Rosen | Business Insider

Egypt and Russia signed an agreement on Thursday under which Russia will build a nuclear power plant in Egypt, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said in comments on state television.

Egypt, Russia Sign Deal to Build a Nuclear Power Plant


Few other activities in the world generate as much excitement and deliver as few results as the India-Pakistan dialogue. The acrimony surrounding the planned meeting between the two national security advisors in New Delhi this week confirms the proposition.

International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification Working Groups Launched in Oslo

Nuclear Threat Initiative

Today marked the conclusion of the second plenary meeting of the International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification (IPNDV), an initiative led by the U.S. Department of State, in cooperation with the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), to build capacity among states with and without nuclear weapons and to develop technical solutions for monitoring and verification challenges.

CIA: Leak of Nuclear-Armed Drone Sub Was Intentional

Bill Gertz | Washington Free Beacon

U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia’s recent disclosure of a nuclear-armed underwater drone submarine was a deliberate leak, according to analysis of Russian video news reports and official Moscow statements. The Russian government-aligned NTV television station revealed a secret document during a Nov. 10 broadcast of remarks by President Vladimir Putin criticizing U.S. missile defenses.

NNSA, Air Force Complete Successful B61-12 Life Extension Program Development Flight Test at Tonopah Test Range  

Nuclear National Security Administration

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and United States Air Force completed the third development flight test of a non-nuclear B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb at Tonopah Test Range in Nevada on October 20, 2015. “This demonstration of effective end-to-end system performance under representative delivery conditions marks another 2015 achievement in the development of the B61-12 Life Extension Program,” said NNSA Deputy Administrator Madelyn Creedon. “Completing this guided B61-12 flight test provides additional evidence of the nation's continued commitment to our nation’s security and that of our allies and partners.”