U.S. and U.A.E. to Sign Nuclear-Cooperation Pact
Jay Solomon, The Wall Street Journal
The Bush administration plans to sign a nuclear-cooperation agreement with the United Arab Emirates on Thursday, according to officials involved in the negotiations, despite concerns in Congress.
The pact, one of the administration's final foreign-policy acts, could help the U.A.E. become the first Arab nation to develop a nuclear-power industry as early as 2017, said these officials. The Bush administration has championed the agreement as a model for promoting peaceful nuclear energy, while guarding against weapons proliferation.
Taming the Nuclear Dragon
Stephen M. Younger, The Wall Street Journal
The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) of 1970, signed by 190 countries, was intended to halt the spread of nuclear weapons and ultimately create a bomb-free world. It will come up for review next year and it is in serious danger of unraveling.
NKorea: US Must Alter 'Hostile' Policy
Jean H. Lee, Associated Press
North Korea said it will not give up its nuclear weapons until after the U.S. alters its "hostile policy" toward the North's government and proves it does not pose an atomic threat to the wartime rival.
A New Energy Future Means a New Energy Department
Robert Alvarez, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
As a Nobel laureate in physics and a respected advocate for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Steven Chu, President-elect Barack Obama's choice for energy secretary, appears to be well suited to carrying out Obama's pledge to generate new green energy jobs and reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil.
At Confirmation Hearing, Clinton Talks of Engagement with Iran
Glenn Kessler, The Washington Post
Secretary of State-designate Hillary Rodham Clinton said yesterday that the incoming Obama administration will seek to engage directly with Iran in an effort to persuade it to abandon its nuclear program and become "a constructive regional actor," underscoring a dramatic shift in U.S. foreign policy from the Bush administration.
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