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June 9, 2009
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  • Assurance of Nuclear Fuel Supply: Two Reports by the IAEA Director General
    Proliferation Analysis
  • Indonesia Says to Ratify Nuclear Treaty After US
    Agence France-Presse
  • Iran in Major Nuclear Expansion, U.N. Oversight Harder
    Reuters
  • U.N. Inspectors Find Traces of Uranium at Second Site in Syria
    The Washington Post
  • Reining In Pyongyang
    The Washington Post
  • Obama Seeks Global Uranium Fuel Bank
    The Boston Globe
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Assurance of Nuclear Fuel Supply: Two Reports by the IAEA Director General

Pierre Goldschmidt, Proliferation Analysis
IAEANext week, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors will be requested to "take note" of two reports by the Director General on "Assurance of Supply." One is a "Proposal for the Establishment of an IAEA Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) Bank" and the other is about a "Russian Federation Initiative to Establish a Reserve of Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) for the Supply of LEU to the IAEA for its Member States." The Board is not yet being asked to endorse these well-intentioned and potentially important proposals, but presumably it may be asked to do so in the future. Before it does, it should seek clarification of some important issues. Ideally, it should raise these issues at the same time as it "takes note" of the proposals.

Indonesia Says to Ratify Nuclear Treaty After US

Shaun Tandon, Agence France-Presse
Indonesia offered a boost to President Barack Obama's vision of a nuclear-free world, pledging to ratify a treaty banning nuclear tests if the US Senate does.

Iran in Major Nuclear Expansion, U.N. Oversight Harder

Mark Heinrich, Reuters
Iran has significantly expanded uranium enrichment with almost 5,000 centrifuges now operating and this has made it harder for U.N. inspectors to keep track of the disputed nuclear activity, an IAEA report said on Friday.

U.N. Inspectors Find Traces of Uranium at Second Site in Syria

Joby Warrick, The Washington Post
U.N. inspectors probing allegations of a clandestine nuclear program in Syria have discovered traces of uranium at a second location, fueling concerns among nuclear experts that the country was secretly planning to build nuclear weapons.

Reining In Pyongyang

Henry A. Kissinger, The Washington Post
The Obama administration entered office determined to give negotiations with North Korea every opportunity. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hinted that she was seriously considering a visit to Pyongyang. Stephen Bosworth, a distinguished scholar and moderate diplomat, was appointed principal negotiator.

Obama Seeks Global Uranium Fuel Bank

Bryan Bender, The Boston Globe
As part of a new strategy to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, President Obama plans to seek the creation of the first-ever international supply of uranium that would allow nations to obtain fuel for civilian nuclear reactors but limit the capacity to make bombs, according to senior administration officials.

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