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December 3, 2009
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  • Don't Stop with START
    Proliferation Analysis
  • Atomic-Blast Detection Station Established Near Iran
    Bloomberg
  • Arms Smuggling Heightens Iran Fears
    The Washington Post
  • US Says Cannot Meet Deadline to Screen Cargo for Nukes
    Agence France-Presse
  • What to Do About Europe's Secret Nukes
    Time
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Don't Stop with START

Daryl G. Kimball, Proliferation Analysis
Obama and MedvedevU.S. and Russian negotiators are working hard to conclude a new strategic nuclear arms reduction deal by the end of this month to replace the landmark 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which expires on December 5. Unfortunately, there are a few naysayers who are already trying to undermine support for the new START agreement before it arrives.

Senator Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), for example, erroneously suggested in a November 21 statement "that there had been virtually no talk…of what happens after December 5 and prior to the possible entry into force of the follow-on agreement." Actually, the two sides have been discussing the bridging mechanism for months, but have not publicized the details because it was the subject of ongoing negotiations.
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Atomic-Blast Detection Station Established Near Iran

Jonathan Tirone, Bloomberg
A United Nations group seeking to outlaw nuclear-weapons tests has set up a detection facility near the border between Iran and Turkmenistan that can register the shockwaves of an atomic blast.
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Arms Smuggling Heightens Iran Fears

Joby Warrick, The Washington Post
The warning came almost too late. The freighter ANL Australia had already fired its engines for a 70-mile dash to Iran when customs agents here were alerted to a possible hidden cache of weapons on board.
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US Says Cannot Meet Deadline to Screen Cargo for Nukes

Agence France-Presse
Top US security official Janet Napolitano on Wednesday admitted her government will fail to meet a 2012 deadline to scan all incoming ship cargo, measures designed to prevent a nuclear terror attack.
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What to Do About Europe's Secret Nukes

Eben Harrell, Time
Is Italy capable of delivering a thermonuclear strike? Could the Belgians and the Dutch drop hydrogen bombs on enemy targets? And what about Germany — a country where fear of atomkraft is so great that the last government opposed all civilian nuclear power?
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