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January 6, 2009

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IN THIS ISSUE
  • Bush Ratifies Long-Awaited IAEA Additional Protocol Agreement
    Global Security Newswire
  • Israel's Worst Fears
    Newsweek
  • Jordan Identifies Location for Nuclear Plant
    Power Engineering International
  • A New Old Nuclear Arsenal
    The Washington Post
  • Let's Commit to a Nuclear-Free World
    The Wall Street Journal
  • After 4 Years, Switzerland Frees Man Suspected of Smuggling Nuclear Technology
    The New York Times
  • Why China Helped Countries Like Pakistan, North Korea Build Nuclear Bombs
    U.S. News & World Report
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Bush Ratifies Long-Awaited IAEA Additional Protocol Agreement

Greg Webb, Global Security Newswire
U.S. President George W. BushU.S. President George W. Bush last week formally approved the Additional Protocol to the nation's nuclear inspections agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the State Department announced (see GSN, Feb. 6, 2008).

Bush's signed the protocol's instrument of ratification on Tuesday. The new program is set to take effect tomorrow when U.S. Ambassador to the IAEA Gregory Schulte submits the document to the Vienna-based agency, according to an IAEA official.

Israel's Worst Fears

Newsweek
Sallai Meridor has been Israel's ambassador to the United States since 2006. During that time, his government's main strategic worry has been Iran, and that remains so today despite the fighting in Gaza. Israel warns that Iran is making rapid progress toward a nuclear bomb—Meridor calculates that Tehran should have enough fuel for its first bomb sometime in 2009—and that Israel will take military action unless the United States and other allies step in.

Jordan Identifies Location for Nuclear Plant

Power Engineering International
Jordan is examining a location near Aqaba for the establishment of the Kingdom's first nuclear power plant, expected to be built within eight years, with plans in place for further reactors, a senior official said.

A New Old Nuclear Arsenal

Michael O'Hanlon, The Washington Post
For all their agreement on matters such as Afghanistan and defense spending, President-elect Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates are on record disagreeing over a central matter for U.S. security: the future of nuclear weapons.

Let's Commit to a Nuclear-Free World

Dianne Feinstein, The Wall Street Journal
When Barack Obama becomes America's 44th president on Jan. 20, he should embrace the vision of a predecessor who declared: "We seek the total elimination one day of nuclear weapons from the face of the Earth."

After 4 Years, Switzerland Frees Man Suspected of Smuggling Nuclear Technology

William J. Broad, The New York Times
Swiss authorities have released from jail a man suspected of smuggling atomic technology to Libya and Iran as part of the nuclear black market of Abdul Qadeer Khan, officials and family members said Monday.

Why China Helped Countries Like Pakistan, North Korea Build Nuclear Bombs

Alex Kingsbury, U.S. News & World Report
Former U.S. Air Force Secretary Thomas Reed knows nuclear bombs better than most people. For starters, he designed two of them when he worked at the Livermore National Laboratory as a weapons designer.

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