George Perkovich and Pierre Goldschmidt, Proliferation Analysis
The purported agreement to refuel the Tehran research reactor by shipping Iranian-made low enriched uranium (LEU) to other states for further enrichment and fuel fabrication could be a good precedent for meeting Iranís future and potentially larger nuclear fuel needs. This precedent could be seen as a first step to accept at a later stage that the UN Security Council would reverse its present decision and allow Iran to continue its ongoing practice of enriching uranium to less than five percent under what should be rigorous safeguards (including having a so-called "Additional Protocol" in force).
Hashem Kalantari, Reuters
Iran plans to use a new generation of faster centrifuges to enrich uranium at a newly-revealed nuclear site, its atomic energy chief said in remarks published Tuesday.
Dmitri Trenin, The Moscow Times
Thursday's Geneva meeting of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany regarding Iranís nuclear program did not lead to a breakthrough or a decisive showdown. It did, however, demonstrate more unity among the major powers vis-a-vis Tehran, and we witnessed the first meeting of President Barack Obamaís administration between U.S. and Iranian diplomats.
Evan Ramstad, The Wall Street Journal
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il said he is willing to return to six-party aid-for-disarmament talks "depending on the outcome" of two-way talks it wants first with the U.S., the North's state-run media reported early Tuesday.
John Pomfret, The Washington Post
The US and India will hold the second round of talks on reprocessing spent nuclear fuel in Vienna this week, with officials hoping to complete the negotiations much before the one year time limit under the historic Indo-US civilian nuclear deal.
Chris Stanton, The National
The federal Government yesterday issued a law that will form the legal cornerstone of the countryís civilian nuclear programme. Significantly, the law affirms the UAEís place as the first nation to ban uranium enrichment, the process by which the metal can be made not only into nuclear fuel but also into an atom bomb.