Jonathan Tirone, Bloomberg
Satellite photos indicate that Iran has increased production at a uranium mine, underscoring the need for wider UN inspections to determine whether the country is trying to build a nuclear weapon.
Evidence of stepped-up activity at the Gchine mine, near the Persian Gulf coast city of Bandar Abbas, is seen in pictures obtained by Bloomberg News and the Washington-based New America Foundation, according to four nuclear analysts who examined the images. The mine could produce enough uranium to craft at least two atomic bombs a year, experts said.
Robert Litwak, Financial Times
The Obama administration has called the negotiations to curb Iranís nuclear capabilities a critical test of the Tehran regimeís intentions. The dilemma is that through its mastery of uranium enrichment, Iran has achieved a breakout option: centrifuges ostensibly intended to produce low-enriched uranium for civil use can be kept spinning to yield high-enriched uranium for bomb-making.
In an attempt to ratchet up pressure on India over the NPT issue, the United States and the European Union have asked all non-signatories of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, including India, to sign the pact which it considers discriminatory.
The United States said North Korea has violated its own denuclearization commitments and United Nations Security Council resolutions with its reprocessing of plutonium for atomic weapons production. But Washington stopped short of condemning the process, saying it doesnít want to see tension rising in the region.
Joe Lauria, The Wall Street Journal
The departing director of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog agency declared Wednesday that efforts to curb nuclear proliferation were in "tatters," but he held out hope that current talks over Iran's nuclear program could open "a new era" between the West and Tehran.
World Nuclear News
The cost escalation of a new nuclear project is the subject of an investigation by Texas utility CPS Energy, which warned that new reactors "must be affordable".