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January 27, 2009

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  • Obama's Showdown Over Nukes
    Time
  • Iran in Scramble for Fresh Uranium Supplies
    The Times
  • Kazakhstan and India Sign Nuclear Cooperation Accord
    World Nuclear News
  • Siemens Quits Venture to Build Reactors
    The New York Times
  • CTR Program Eliminated Hundreds of Nuclear Weapons in 2008
    Global Security Newswire
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Obama's Showdown Over Nukes

Mark Thompson, Time
President Barack ObamaEditor's Note: For background resources on U.S. nuclear forces, see the Carnegie Nonproliferation Program's U.S. page.

The latest U.S. nuclear showdown doesn't involve a foreign enemy. Instead it pits President Barack Obama against his Defense Secretary, Robert Gates, and concerns the question of whether America needs a new generation of nuclear warheads. While serving under former President George W. Bush, Gates had repeatedly called for the Reliable Replacement Warhead (RRW) program to be put into operation, because the nation's current nukes mostly produced in the 1970s and '80s are growing so old that their destructive power may be in question.

Iran in Scramble for Fresh Uranium Supplies

Robin Pagnamenta, Michael Evans and Tony Halpin, The Times
Western powers believe that Iran is running short of the raw material required to manufacture nuclear weapons, triggering an international race to prevent it from importing more, The Times has learnt.

Kazakhstan and India Sign Nuclear Cooperation Accord

World Nuclear News
Kazakhstan will provide India with much-needed uranium to fuel its nuclear power plants under an agreement on cooperation in civil nuclear energy signed by the two countries.

Siemens Quits Venture to Build Reactors

James Kanter, The New York Times
Siemens, the German engineering company, withdrew late Monday from a joint venture with Areva, the French builder of nuclear reactors. The move adds financial challenges for Areva even as demand for nuclear power appears to be on the rise.

CTR Program Eliminated Hundreds of Nuclear Weapons in 2008

Global Security Newswire
The U.S. Cooperative Threat Reduction program deactivated 244 nuclear warheads in Russia last year, U.S. Senator Richard Lugar announced Friday (see GSN, Nov. 20, 2008).

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