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December 9, 2010

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Ahmadinejad Sets Nuclear Red Lines for January Talks
Ramin Mostafavi, Reuters

Iran is prepared to discuss a possible nuclear fuel swap at talks that resume next month, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday, but he ruled out any slowdown of its atomic program.

A day after the conclusion of a two-day meeting with the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany (P5+1), Ahmadinejad told those countries to drop any idea of curbing Iran's quest for nuclear technology and instead invited them to help build the 20 nuclear power stations it plans. | Full Article

China, North Korea Reach Consensus over Crisis: Report
Jack Kim and Ben Blanchard, Reuters

China and North Korea reached consensus on the Korean peninsula crisis after "candid" talks, Chinese state media reported, which analysts said suggested Pyongyang likely agreed not to inflame the situation. | Full Article

Tac Nuke Numbers Confirmed?
Hans M. Kristensen, FAS Strategic Security Blog

A Wikileaks document briefly posted by The Guardian Monday appears to give an official number for the U.S. nuclear weapons deployed in Europe: 180. | Full Article

Develop Tools to Verify Nuclear Totals
James E. Doyle, Defense News

Over the next 10 years, the United States plans to spend more than $184 billion to maintain and modernize its nuclear weapon infrastructure to ensure that America can provide nuclear security for decades. | Full Article

New START: Ratify, with Caveats
Condolezza Rice, The Wall Street Journal

When U.S. President Bush and Russian President Putin signed the Moscow Treaty in 2002, they addressed the nuclear threat by reducing offensive weapons, as their predecessors had. | Full Article

Bush 41 Supports New START Ratification
George E. Condon, National Journal

Former President George H. W. Bush added his name -- but not much else -- to the list of big-time Republican officials endorsing the New START treaty, which President Obama wants the Senate to ratify before going home for Christmas. | Full Article


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