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March 10, 2009

2009 Carnegie International Nonproliferation Conference

IN THIS ISSUE
  • US Officials: Iran Lacks Nuclear Bomb Fuel
    Agence France-Presse
  • Syria Leader: Site Bombed by Israel Built Over
    Associated Press
  • Russia Pushes for New Strategic Arms Pact with U.S.
    Reuters
  • USA to Construct Jordanian Storage Facility
    World Nuclear News
  • Reconsidering Israel's Nuclear Ambiguity
    Haaretz
  • Pakistan and Nuclear Proliferation
    The Boston Globe
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US Officials: Iran Lacks Nuclear Bomb Fuel

Agence France-Presse
Dennis BlairIran has yet to decide whether to build a nuclear bomb and lacks the weapons-grade highly enriched uranium needed to do so, top US intelligence officials told a key congressional panel Tuesday.

At the same time, the Islamic republic has pursued uranium enrichment in defiance of international sanctions and pushed ahead with "mastering" the know-how to build long-range missiles that typically carry nuclear bombs to their targets oceans away, said director of US intelligence Dennis Blair.

Syria Leader: Site Bombed by Israel Built Over

Associated Press
The Syrian president said a facility bombed by Israel two years ago that the U.S. claims was a nearly finished nuclear reactor has been built over, but in comments published Monday denied it was a nuclear facility.

Russia Pushes for New Strategic Arms Pact with U.S.

Stephanie Nebehay, Reuters
Russia called on Saturday for a successor agreement with the United States to replace the START-1 strategic nuclear arms reduction pact, saying this was a priority in 'resetting' their relations as Washington has urged.

USA to Construct Jordanian Storage Facility

World Nuclear News
The USA is to design and construct a national storage facility in Amman for Jordan's radioactive waste and nuclear materials under a contract signed in Washington, DC.

Reconsidering Israel's Nuclear Ambiguity

Louis Rene Beres, Haaretz
Benjamin Netanyahu has already indicated that Iranian nuclearization is issue number one. Mr. Netanyahu also must understand that Israel's own nuclear doctrine will have to adapt. A core element of this adaptation should concern Israel's nuclear ambiguity.

Pakistan and Nuclear Proliferation

Evelyn N. Farkas, The Boston Globe
A 2007 Foreign Policy magazine poll of 117 nongovernmental terrorism experts found that 74 percent consider Pakistan the country most likely to transfer nuclear technology to terrorists in the next three to five years. Because two years have passed since the survey was taken, that horrific development could be just a year away.

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