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December 8, 2009

Iran's Growing Weapons Capability and Its Impact on Negotiations

David Albright and Jacqueline Shire, Arms Control Association

The crisis over Iran's growing nuclear weapons capabilities is rapidly reaching a critical point. Recent developments do not bode well for the prospect of successful negotiations that can end concerns about Iran's nuclear program, at least in the short term.

These concerns center on two related questions: whether Iran can be prevented from using its nuclear program for weapons purposes, and how much confidence the United States and other countries can have in verification measures to ensure that the Iranians are not using their program for such purposes. | Full Article

Turkey Balks at Iran Sanctions
Jay Solomon, The Wall Street Journal

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan balked at supporting new economic sanctions against Iran after a White House meeting with President Barack Obama Monday, arguing diplomacy aimed at ending Tehran's nuclear program needed more time. | Full Article

Malaysia Recalls U.N. Envoy after Iran Nuclear Vote

Malaysia said on Sunday it recalled its envoy to the United Nations in Vienna for "consultations" after he voted against a resolution at the International Atomic Energy Agency rebuking Iran. | Full Article

Whose Hand on the Nuclear Button?
Michael Krepon, Khaleej Times

On November 28, 2009 the Pakistani media reported that President Asif Ali Zardari "divested himself" of his "powers" as Chairman of the National Command Authority, transferring them to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. | Full Article

Russia Sees New Arms Control Deal in 10 Days
Global Security Newswire

A successor to a key nuclear arms control treaty could be signed by late next week, Agence France-Presse reported yesterday (see GSN, Dec. 7). | Full Article

India and Russia Sign Civil Nuclear Agreement
Vladimir Radyuhin and Sandeep Dikshit, The Hindu

India and Russia have sealed a breakthrough long-term pact for expanding civil nuclear cooperation that is free from any restrictions on India and guarantees it against any curbs in the future. | Full Article


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