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September 3, 2009
IN THIS ISSUE
  • France and Nuclear Abolition: The Odd Country Out?
    Proliferation Analysis
  • No Signs of Iranian Flexibility on Nuclear Program
    Council on Foreign Relations
  • Damascus Deception
    Foreign Policy
  • Obama Facing Hurdles to Nuclear Disarmament Goals
    Associated Press
  • China Prepares to Show Off Nuclear Missiles
    Telegraph
  • Kakodkar Says No More Nuclear Tests Required
    The Hindu
  • Pakistan Court Again Puts Curbs on Nuke Scientist
    Associated Press
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France and Nuclear Abolition: The Odd Country Out?

Bruno Tertrais, Proliferation Analysis
SarkozyAs many observers have noticed in the past eight years, France was fairly comfortable with the Bush administration's stance on nuclear issues in international forums and found itself in agreement with many of the hard-line positions taken by the United States in nonproliferation and disarmament negotiations. However, since the Obama administration overtly and explicitly embraced the goal of a "nuclear-weapon-free world," the picture seems to have changed. With London and Washington leading the way, and Beijing and Moscow not being shy of speaking about nuclear abolition (notwithstanding their policies often to the contrary), is France the odd country out in the debate? Yes and no.

No Signs of Iranian Flexibility on Nuclear Program

Council on Foreign Relations Interview, September 2, 2009
George Perkovich, a leading expert on nuclear policy, says despite the world's revulsion at the apparently staged elections in Iran, the United States should be prepared to talk to the Iranian government. "The question isn't our willingness to negotiate or to try to find some resolution with this government in Iran," he says. "The real question is whether this government in Iran is at all willing to make compromises on its current posture."
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Damascus Deception

Gregory Schulte, Foreign Policy
Last Friday, Mohammed ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), issued a fourth report on the agency’s investigation into Syria’s attempts to construct a covert nuclear program with the help of North Korea. The report shows that two years after their suspected reactor was destroyed, Damascus continues to stonewall the IAEA.
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Obama Facing Hurdles to Nuclear Disarmament Goals

Desmond Butler, Associated Press
Five months after President Barack Obama, with great fanfare, called for a world free of nuclear weapons, a crucial step toward that goal is running into resistance.
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China Prepares to Show Off Nuclear Missiles

Malcolm Moore, Telegraph
Chinese state media said that nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles, conventional cruise missiles, and an array of medium and short range missiles would be put on public display for the first time.
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Kakodkar Says No More Nuclear Tests Required

The Hindu
"India does not need to carry any more nuclear tests," Atomic Energy Commission chief Anil Kakodkar said here on Wednesday in the backdrop of the controversy over whether the 1998 Pokhran thermonuclear explosion was a fizzle.
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Pakistan Court Again Puts Curbs on Nuke Scientist

Babar Dogar, Associated Press
A Pakistani court on Wednesday suspended an earlier order lifting restrictions on the movement of nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, who is alleged to have spread nuclear technology to Iran, North Korea and Libya.
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