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November 12, 2009
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  • Iranian Enrichment Has Not Grown: Diplomats
    Reuters
  • U.S. Official Says IAEA Has Evidence Iran Sought Atomic Warhead
    Bloomberg
  • U.S. Missile Defense May Backfire if Too Robust: General
    Reuters
  • The Senate and the START Treaty
    The Washington Times
  • Some Considerations Regarding the Ratification of the CTBT by the United States: A Russian Perspective
    Carnegie Moscow Center
  • India and the CTBT: The Debate in New Delhi
    Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
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Iranian Enrichment Has Not Grown: Diplomats

Mark Heinrich, Reuters
IranIran has effectively stopped expanding active uranium enrichment since September, diplomats said, while considering a big power offer to fuel a medical reactor if it turns over enriched material seen as an atomic bomb risk.

While Iran's stock of low-enriched uranium (LEU) has likely risen by 200-300 kg from 1,500 kg reported by U.N. monitors in August, the number of operating centrifuge machines at its Natanz enrichment plant has remained at about 4,600, they said.
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U.S. Official Says IAEA Has Evidence Iran Sought Atomic Warhead

Janine Zacharia, Bloomberg
A U.S. arms-control official said today there is "strong evidence" Iran sought to develop the means to put a nuclear weapon on a missile prior to 2003 and perhaps afterward.
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U.S. Missile Defense May Backfire if Too Robust: General

Phil Stewart, Reuters
A U.S. missile defense system that is too robust could actually backfire and become destabilizing, prompting countries like China to expand their nuclear arsenals, a U.S. general said on Tuesday.
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The Senate and the START Treaty

Robert S. Norris, The Washington Times
The next few months will be crucial to the success of President Obama's agenda for nuclear disarmament. By the end of the year the Nuclear Posture Review is scheduled to be completed, providing policy direction for the size, composition and capabilities of the future nuclear stockpile, the complex that supports it and a rationale for why we possess the arms.
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Some Considerations Regarding the Ratification of the CTBT by the United States: A Russian Perspective

Viktor Slipchenko, Carnegie Moscow Center
As is well known, U.S. President Barack Obama has affirmed his administration's readiness to seek an urgent ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) as one of the priorities of its foreign policy. At the same time, the lively debate on this issue, which has already been launched in that country, shows that it will be by no means easy to achieve this.
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India and the CTBT: The Debate in New Delhi

A. Vinod Kumar, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
President Barack Obama's decision to revive the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) has triggered a flurry of discussions in New Delhi, where individuals in the strategic and scientific communities are now vigorously debating India's options.
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