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July 7, 2009
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  • A Response to Jon Kyl and Richard Perle
    Proliferation Analysis
  • U.S. and Russia to Reduce Arsenals
    The Washington Post
  • Biden: Israel Has Right to Deal with Nuclear Iran
    Reuters
  • Saudis Give Nod to Israeli Raid on Iran
    The Sunday Times
  • Serbia, IAEA Sign Additional Protocol on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
    Xinhua
  • The Long, Hard Road to Nuclear Safety
    The Boston Globe
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A Response to Jon Kyl and Richard Perle

James Acton, George Perkovich, and Pierre Goldschmidt, Proliferation Analysis
Nuclear DeterrentPresident Obama's speech on April 5, 2009, in Prague, in which he pledged "America's commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons," was the most important statement of nuclear weapons policy in a generation. It is absolutely right to subject this policy to scrutiny. The critique by Senator Jon Kyl and Richard Perle in the Wall Street Journal last week is to be welcomed as a stimulus to analysis and debate.

The Kyl and Perle op-ed is, however, based on a series of invalid premises. It focuses on arguments not actually made by those who advocate the vision of a world free of nuclear weapons.

U.S. and Russia to Reduce Arsenals

Michael A. Fletcher and Philip P. Pan, The Washington Post
President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev reached a preliminary agreement Monday to cut the American and Russian nuclear arsenals by as much as a third while exploring options for cooperation on missile defense.

Biden: Israel Has Right to Deal with Nuclear Iran

JoAnne Allen, Reuters
Israel has a sovereign right to decide what is in its best interest in dealing with Iran's nuclear ambitions whether the United States agrees or not, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview on Sunday.

Saudis Give Nod to Israeli Raid on Iran

Uzi Mahnaimi and Sarah Baxter, The Sunday Times
Editor's Note: The Saudi and Israeli governments have denied the claim of any talks having taken place to discuss the possibility of Israeli jets flying over Saudi Arabia to attack Iran's nuclear facilities.

The head of Mossad, Israel's overseas intelligence service, has assured Benjamin Netanyahu, its prime minister, that Saudi Arabia would turn a blind eye to Israeli jets flying over the kingdom during any future raid on Iranís nuclear sites.

Serbia, IAEA Sign Additional Protocol on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

Xinhua
Serbia and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) signed here on Friday an additional protocol to the agreement on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.

The Long, Hard Road to Nuclear Safety

Bryan Bender, The Boston Globe
Two stories underground, in a concrete room with a heavy steel door, gloved technicians wearing smocks carefully measure and weigh the charcoal-gray pellets, 182 in all. They are among the most dangerous materials in the world: highly enriched uranium, the main ingredient for a nuclear bomb.

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