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November 3, 2009
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  • Why We Don't Need to Resume Nuclear Testing: A Reply to Senator Jon Kyl's "Why We Need to Test Nuclear Weapons"
    Proliferation Analysis
  • Iran and the West at a Crossroad
    YaleGlobal
  • Khamenei Says US 'Hiding a Dagger' in Talks with Iran
    Agence France-Presse
  • How Israel Destroyed Syria's Al Kibar Nuclear Reactor
    Der Spiegel
  • NKorea Says It Has Produced More Bomb-Making Plutonium
    Agence France-Presse
  • In Rural India, Resistance to Nuclear Plants
    The Washington Post
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Why We Don't Need to Resume Nuclear Testing: A Reply to Senator Jon Kyl's "Why We Need to Test Nuclear Weapons"

Daryl G. Kimball, Proliferation Analysis
CTBTTwenty years ago this month, the Berlin Wall came down, hastening the end of the Cold War. Less than three years later, Moscow and Washington agreed to halt nuclear testing. In 1996, after more than 2,000 nuclear test explosions, the world’s nations concluded the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) in order to curb the spread of nuclear weapons and prevent the renewal of superpower nuclear arms competition.

Today, there is no technical or military reason to resume U.S. nuclear weapons testing, and it is in the national security interest to help prevent nuclear weapons testing by others.
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Iran and the West at a Crossroad

Deepti Choubey, YaleGlobal
Efforts to allay concerns about Iran's nuclear program are in danger of failing. Last week, by offering counterproposals, Iran essentially refused the international community's proposal to fuel the Tehran Research Reactor (TRR) as a confidence building measure. Iran's rejection, due to domestic reasons or miscalculation, means that its Supreme Leader feels no urgency to rebuild confidence with the international community.
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Khamenei Says US 'Hiding a Dagger' in Talks with Iran

Farhad Pouladi and Jay Deshmukh, Agence France-Presse
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei lashed out at the United States on Tuesday, saying Tehran will reject any talks backed by its arch-foe because Washington is not to be trusted.
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How Israel Destroyed Syria's Al Kibar Nuclear Reactor

Erich Follath and Holger Stark, Der Spiegel
In September 2007, Israeli fighter jets destroyed a mysterious complex in the Syrian desert. The incident could have led to war, but it was hushed up by all sides. Was it a nuclear plant and who gave the orders for the strike?
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NKorea Says It Has Produced More Bomb-Making Plutonium

Lim Chang-Won, Agence France-Presse
North Korea announced Tuesday it has produced more plutonium for its atomic weapons programme, putting further pressure on the United States to start direct talks.
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In Rural India, Resistance to Nuclear Plants

Rama Lakshmi, The Washington Post
Standing precariously on the thin edge of a newly dug well, Ajitbhai Narela looked out proudly at his groundnut and mango saplings.
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