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June 16, 2009
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  • North Korea Says It Will Start Enriching Uranium
    The Washington Post
  • White House on Iran Election: A Diplomatic Plus
    Time
  • Reports: Russia Says Bank Problems Delay Bushehr
    Associated Press
  • Syria Plays Down Uranium Find by UN Nuclear Agency
    Associated Press
  • Trident Move 'Prompts Confusion'
    BBC News
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North Korea Says It Will Start Enriching Uranium

Blaine Harden, The Washington Post
DPRKNorth Korea adamantly denied for seven years that it had a program for making nuclear weapons from enriched uranium.

But on Saturday, a few hours after the U.N. Security Council slapped it with tough new sanctions for detonating a second nuclear device, the government of Kim Jong Il changed its tune, vowing that it would start enriching uranium to make more nuclear weapons.

White House on Iran Election: A Diplomatic Plus

Massimo Calabresi, Time
When Obama Administration Iran czar Dennis Ross and top U.S. Iran negotiator William Burns were planning the details of the President's outreach to Tehran with senior European diplomats earlier this spring, they discussed a possible nightmare scenario for the June 12 presidential elections in Iran.

Reports: Russia Says Bank Problems Delay Bushehr

Associated Press
The head of the Russian company building Iran's first nuclear power plant said Wednesday that it is unclear when the reactor will be switched on, Russian news agencies reported, potentially casting doubt on Iranian hopes for a startup before the end of the year.

Syria Plays Down Uranium Find by UN Nuclear Agency

Associated Press
Syria's nuclear chief is suggesting the U.N. nuclear agency's discovery of new uranium traces in the country do not harden allegations that Damascus has a hidden nuclear program.

Trident Move 'Prompts Confusion'

BBC News
The UK's decision to renew its Trident nuclear deterrent is seen by some foreign states as a contradiction of its non-proliferation stance, MPs say.

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