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July 23, 2009
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  • Clinton Speaks of Shielding Mideast From Iran
    The New York Times
  • N. Korea Escalates War of Words, Calls Clinton Vulgar, Unintelligent
    The Washington Post
  • NRC to press ahead with Yucca review
    Associated Press
  • Israel, Brazil spar over nuclear ambitions in Middle East
    Agence France-Presse
  • Israeli missile-defense test aborted
    Associated Press
  • Russian Bulava missile designer quits after failed tests
    RIA Novosti
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Clinton Speaks of Shielding Mideast From Iran

Mark Landler, David E. Sanger, The New York Times

Stiffening the American line against Iran, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned Wednesday that the United States would consider extending a “defense umbrella” over the Middle East if the country continued to defy international demands that it halt work that could lead to nuclear weapons.

While such a defensive shield has long been assumed, administration officials in Washington acknowledged Wednesday that no senior official had ever publicly discussed it. Some of the officials said the timing of Mrs. Clinton’s remarks reflected a growing sense that President Obama needed to signal to Tehran that its nuclear ambitions could be countered militarily, as well as diplomatically.

N. Korea Escalates War of Words, Calls Clinton Vulgar, Unintelligent

Glenn Kessler, The Washington Post
The war of words between North Korea and the United States escalated Thursday, with North Korea's Foreign Ministry lashing out at Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in unusually personal terms for "vulgar remarks" that it said demonstrated "she is by no means intelligent."

NRC to press ahead with Yucca review

H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will press ahead with its review of a license for a nuclear waste dump in Nevada, even as the Obama administration has made clear it is abandoning the project, the commission's chairman said Tuesday.

Israel, Brazil spar over nuclear ambitions in Middle East

Agence France-Presse
Israel and Brazil sparred Wednesday over nuclear ambitions in the Middle East, especially Iran's atomic development program, during a visit by Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

Israeli missile-defense test aborted

Amy Teibel, Associated Press
Tests of a missile-defense system meant to shield Israel from Iranian attack were aborted over the past week on three occasions because of various malfunctions, Israeli defense officials said Thursday.

Russian Bulava missile designer quits after failed tests

RIA Novosti
The head of the research institute that designed the Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile resigned after a series of unsuccessful test launches, a defense industry official said on Wednesday.

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