Peter Baker, The New York Times
President Obama sent a secret letter to Russia's president last month suggesting that he would back off deploying a new missile defense system in Eastern Europe if Moscow would help stop Iran from developing long-range weapons, American officials said Monday.
On Tuesday, President Dmitri A. Medvedev offered a measured response, saying that the Kremlin was "working very closely with our U.S. colleagues on the issue of Iran's nuclear program," but not in the context of the American missile defense plan.
Arms Control Association
Recent media reports have made much of the apparent disagreement between U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen and Defense Secretary Robert Gates on the status of Iran's enrichment capability. It is likely that Mullen either mispoke or was misquoted. In any event, the nonproliferation community knows the importance of defining terminology. The two articles above – a media advisory by the Arms Control Association
and a Q&A by Reuters
– attempt to set the record straight.
Experts at the nonpartisan Arms Control Association (ACA) urged senior U.S. officials and the media to exhibit greater care to accurately state what is known about Iran's nuclear capabilities. The experts highlighted the confusion created over the weekend by inaccurate portrayals of the type of nuclear material Iran has produced which suggested that Tehran was closer to a nuclear weapon than public U.S. intelligence and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reports indicate.
Elaine M. Grossman, Global Security Newswire
The nation's most senior nuclear combat commander yesterday took issue with U.S. President Barack Obama's characterization of U.S. atomic weapons as being on "hair-trigger alert" and warned against reducing the arsenal's launch readiness (see GSN
, Feb. 17).
Guy Faulconbridge, Reuters
Russia wants the United States to agree to limits on all types of nuclear weapons delivery vehicles in a new arms reduction pact that will replace START I, Russia's foreign minister was quoted as saying on Monday.
World Nuclear News
Kuwait's cabinet has approved a draft project to set up a national nuclear energy commission, the third Middle Eastern country to take steps towards establishing its own nuclear power program in recent months.