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June 4, 2009
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  • Iran Nuclear Showdown at 'Decisive Point': Obama
    Agence France-Presse
  • U.S. Accidentally Releases List of Nuclear Sites
    The New York Times
  • McCain Joins Obama's Call for 'Nuclear-Free World'
    Agence France-Presse
  • Pakistan and the Bomb
    The Wall Street Journal
  • Don't Make It Worse
    The New York Times
  • US May Rethink Cuts in Anti-Missile Funds: Gates
    Agence France-Presse
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Iran Nuclear Showdown at 'Decisive Point': Obama

Agence France-Presse
ObamaUS President Barack Obama said on Thursday that the nuclear showdown with Iran had reached a decisive point but that Tehran had the right to peaceful nuclear power if it abided by international treaties.

Obama, who broke with former US policy of isolating Tehran, said it would be hard to "overcome decades of mistrust" but he had made clear to Iran's leaders and people that the United States was prepared to move forward in relations with Iran.

U.S. Accidentally Releases List of Nuclear Sites

William J. Broad, The New York Times
The federal government mistakenly made public a 266-page report, its pages marked "highly confidential," that gives detailed information about hundreds of the nationís civilian nuclear sites and programs, including maps showing the precise locations of stockpiles of fuel for nuclear weapons.

McCain Joins Obama's Call for 'Nuclear-Free World'

Agence France-Presse
Republican Senator John McCain on Wednesday joined his former rival President Barack Obama in calling for a nuclear-free world, a goal previously formulated by former president Ronald Reagan.

Pakistan and the Bomb

Bruce Riedel, The Wall Street Journal
The Pakistani army, backed by attack helicopters, is fighting intense gun battles in the Swat valley 60 miles outside the capital of Islamabad with Islamic extremists. Al Qaeda and the Taliban have struck back with suicide bombs in Pakistanís major cities, including Lahore. A plot in Karachi was foiled but the extremists vow more carnage is imminent.

Don't Make It Worse

Mikhail Gorbachev, The New York Times
News of the nuclear test in North Korea on May 25 came while I was visiting the demilitarized zone on the Korean Peninsula. I had been invited to the inauguration ceremony for a peace bell on the 38th parallel ó the truce line where the hostilities between North and South Korea ceased in 1953.

US May Rethink Cuts in Anti-Missile Funds: Gates

Agence France-Presse
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has not ruled out pumping more funds into the nation's anti-missile defense budget if North Korea threatens the United States.

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