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October 20, 2009
IN THIS ISSUE
  • Why a Month Matters
    Foreign Policy
  • Iran Uranium Deal Talks 'Go Well'
    BBC News
  • Nuclear Talks Delayed as Iran Objects to France
    Agence France-Presse
  • Financial Crisis Nips Nuclear Revival in the Bud, WNA Told
    Nucleonics Week
  • International Commission Weighs No-First Use of Nukes
    The Asahi Shimbun
  • U.S. Seeks to Keep Watching Russia's Weapons
    The New York Times
  • Lowering the Alert Levels in U.S. and Russia
    The Washington Post
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Why a Month Matters

Nima Gerami and James M. Acton, Foreign Policy
AhmadinejadSince the Oct. 1 meeting between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany), the fuel-supply agreement for the Tehran research reactor has dominated expert discussion about Iran's nuclear program. This focus has obscured another potentially important but less positive development -- Iran's delay in permitting inspectors to visit its previously undeclared enrichment facility near Qom. Iran, as required by its safeguards obligations, has promised to grant the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) access to the Qom facility. Although this is certainly welcome, access to the site will not be granted until Oct. 25, more than a month after Iran first acknowledged the facility's existence in a Sept. 21 letter to the IAEA.
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Iran Uranium Deal Talks 'Go Well'

BBC News
Editor's Note: As Proliferation News comes to press early, there are no definitive results from the Vienna talks. In the meantime, this article and the following AFP story offer different interpretations of what has taken place.
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Nuclear Talks Delayed as Iran Objects to France

Simon Morgan, Agence France-Presse
Nuclear talks between Iran and world powers were held up Tuesday after Iran said it did not want France to be part of any deal on uranium enrichment.
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Financial Crisis Nips Nuclear Revival in the Bud, WNA Told (PDF)

Ann MacLachlan, Nucleonics Week
The international financial and economic crisis that began a year ago has cast a chill over the burgeoning nuclear "renaissance," according to industry leaders who told the annual World Nuclear Association symposium in London last week they were seeking ways to get nuclear construction back on track.
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International Commission Weighs No-First Use of Nukes

Atsuko Tannai and Hiroyuki Maegawa, The Asahi Shimbun
Discussions by an international commission that started Sunday are expected to focus on the need to call on nations to pledge not to use nuclear weapons except in retaliation against a nuclear attack.
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U.S. Seeks to Keep Watching Russia's Weapons

Thom Shanker and Peter Baker, The New York Times
With a key arms control treaty set to expire soon, the Obama administration is searching for ways to keep inspectors in Russia or else it risks losing American eyes on the world’s second most formidable nuclear weapons arsenal for the first time in decades.
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Lowering the Alert Levels in U.S. and Russia

Walter Pincus, The Washington Post
The high alert levels for U.S. and Russian strategic nuclear forces are more political statements carried over from the Cold War than military necessities for the 21st century, according to a multinational study released last week.
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