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December 15, 2009
IN THIS ISSUE
  • Our Nuclear Stance Must Go Beyond Deterrence
    The Sydney Morning Herald
  • The Iranian Nuclear Riddle after June 12
    Washington Quarterly
  • Evidence of Iran's Nuclear Arms Expertise Mounts
    The Washington Post
  • US Says 'Nothing New' in Iran Nuclear Offer
    Agence France-Presse
  • Thais Probe Destination for Seized NKorean Weapons
    Associated Press
  • Capping Nuclear Liability is a Non-Starter
    The Hindu
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Our Nuclear Stance Must Go Beyond Deterrence

Malcolm Fraser et al., The Sydney Morning Herald
ICNNDKevin Rudd joined the Japanese Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama, yesterday to launch the first report of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament.

This report is important because for the first time, an American president is committed to long-term nuclear disarmament. Japan and Australia can and should do much to support Barack Obama. The non-proliferation regime has broken down and failure to take effective action at next year's Nuclear Non-Proliferation Review Conference will be highly damaging.
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The Iranian Nuclear Riddle after June 12

Shahram Chubin, Washington Quarterly
Attempts since 2002 to roll back or at least slow Iran's nuclear ambitions have proven fruitless, imparting a sense of urgency to the issue. Neither threats of punishment nor inducements have worked.
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Evidence of Iran's Nuclear Arms Expertise Mounts

Joby Warrick, The Washington Post
Long denied access to foreign technology because of sanctions, Iran has nevertheless learned how to make virtually every bolt and switch in a nuclear weapon, according to assessments by U.N. nuclear officials in internal documents, as well as Western and Middle Eastern intelligence analysts and weapons experts.
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US Says 'Nothing New' in Iran Nuclear Offer

Agence France-Presse
The United States bluntly dismissed an Iranian offer Saturday to swap nuclear fuel, which a senior US official said was inconsistent with a deal allowing the Islamic republic to avoid further sanctions.
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Thais Probe Destination for Seized NKorean Weapons

Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press
Thai authorities on Monday sought to unravel the mystery of the ultimate destination of a plane that landed in Bangkok with a huge cache of weapons from North Korea, exported in defiance of a U.N. embargo on arms from the communist state.
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Capping Nuclear Liability is a Non-Starter

Soli J. Sorabjee, The Hindu
Editor's Note: In this article, Soli J. Sorabjee, former Attorney General for India, says that the Union Cabinet's decision to approve the Civil Nuclear Liability Bill, which caps the amount of compensation to be paid by foreign companies in case of a nuclear accident, violates fundamental rights and Supreme Court judgments. If the bill is struck down by the Indian Parliament, it could have important ramifications for American and other foreign companies that have sought a civil nuclear liability regulatory framework before beginning nuclear trade with India.
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