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February 24, 2009

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IN THIS ISSUE
  • Nuclear Agenda Draws Scrutiny
    The Boston Globe
  • Iran Hits Uranium Enrichment Milestone, but Production Growth Slows
    Global Security Newswire
  • Yes, We Should Worry about Iran's Satellite
    The Wall Street Journal
  • IAEA Finds Graphite, More Uranium at Syria Site
    Reuters
  • When Nuclear Subs Collide
    The New York Times
  • Italy Seeks Nuclear Power Revival with French Help
    Reuters
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Nuclear Agenda Draws Scrutiny

Bryan Bender, The Boston Globe
ObamaPresident Obama is preparing to move ahead with the most ambitious arms-control agenda in decades, calling for dramatic cuts in US and Russian arsenals, a halt to the Bush administration's plan for a more advanced nuclear warhead, and the ratification of a global treaty banning underground nuclear tests.

Obama's agenda, posted on the White House website shortly after his inauguration and outlined by several top officials, also includes a worldwide ban on the production of nuclear weapons material - leading to what the administration calls "a world without nuclear weapons."

Iran Hits Uranium Enrichment Milestone, but Production Growth Slows

Greg Webb, Global Security Newswire
Iran has produced more than 1 metric ton of low-enriched uranium, the International Atomic Energy Agency reported today, potentially fueling international fears that the nation has enough material to quickly produce enough weapon-grade uranium for a nuclear bomb (see GSN, Jan. 28).

Yes, We Should Worry about Iran's Satellite

Uzi Rubin, The Wall Street Journal
When Iran successfully orbited its Omid satellite earlier this month, many in the U.S. responded with indifference. David Albright, a noted analyst of nuclear proliferation, downplayed the Iranian space launcher as "not that sophisticated" and the satellite itself as "Sputnik technology, a little metal ball that goes 'beep beep beep.'" Unnamed U.S. officials concurred, stating that "There are no alarm bells ringing because of this launch," calling the event "largely symbolic."

IAEA Finds Graphite, More Uranium at Syria Site

Mark Heinrich, Reuters
U.N. inspectors found graphite and more uranium traces in test samples taken from a Syrian site Washington says was a covert graphite nuclear reactor almost built before Israel bombed it, officials said on Thursday.

When Nuclear Subs Collide

The New York Times
Two nuclear missile submarines one British, one French armed with a likely total of well more than 100 thermonuclear warheads collided under the Atlantic Ocean earlier this month. It's a terrifying reminder of how many of these hugely destructive weapons are still routinely deployed and how little thought is given to keeping them as safe and secure as possible.

Italy Seeks Nuclear Power Revival with French Help

Stephen Brown and Deepa Babington, Reuters
Silvio Berlusconi's government wants Italy to overcome a two decades-old taboo on nuclear power and start building plants to ensure clean and secure energy sources, it said on Tuesday ahead of a nuclear deal with France.

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