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March 2, 2010
IN THIS ISSUE
  • Managing Vulnerability
    Foreign Affairs
  • White House Is Rethinking Nuclear Policy
    The New York Times
  • Two U.S. Power Plants Could Use Converted Weapons Plutonium
    Global Security Newswire
  • India Moves on U.S. Nuclear Deal with New Law
    Reuters
  • N. Korea Provided Raw Uranium to Syria in 2007: Sources
    Kyodo News
  • Do Not Even Think about Bombing Iran
    Financial Times
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Managing Vulnerability

James M. Acton, Foreign Affairs
DF-31Editor's Note: In the November/December 2009 issue of Foreign Affairs, Keir Lieber and Daryl Press make the case for the United States developing a new generation of low-yield, high-accuracy nuclear weapons to maintain deterrence against current and future nuclear-armed states. In response, James M. Acton contends that adversaries' increasingly mobile forces make such a strategy ineffective and that instead the United States should reduce nuclear dangers by giving potential adversaries' strong incentives for restraint in a crisis and by devaluing nuclear weapons. This article appears in the March/April 2010 issue of Foreign Affairs.
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White House Is Rethinking Nuclear Policy

David E. Sanger and Thom Shanker, The New York Times
As President Obama begins making final decisions on a broad new nuclear strategy for the United States, senior aides say he will permanently reduce America's arsenal by thousands of weapons. But the administration has rejected proposals that the United States declare it would never be the first to use nuclear weapons, aides said.
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Two U.S. Power Plants Could Use Converted Weapons Plutonium

Global Security Newswire
The United States plans to study the possibility of using mixed-oxide fuel converted from nuclear-weapon material to operate two nuclear power plants, the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration announced yesterday.
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India Moves on U.S. Nuclear Deal with New Law

Krittivas Mukherjee, Reuters
India's parliament will debate over the next month a new law to limit nuclear firms' liability in the case of industrial accidents, a move crucial for U.S. firms to tap into India's estimated $150 billion nuclear market.
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N. Korea Provided Raw Uranium to Syria in 2007: Sources

Kyodo News
North Korea provided about 45 tons of "yellowcake" uranium to Syria in September 2007 for production of fuel for an undeclared nuclear reactor, diplomatic and military sources knowledgeable on North Korean issues said Saturday.
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Do Not Even Think about Bombing Iran

Michael O'Hanlon and Bruce Riedel, Financial Times
For years, the US has retained the option of a military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities. Not preferred by either George W. Bush or Barack Obama, it has nonetheless survived the US presidential transition as a last resort should diplomacy and economic sanctions fail to persuade Tehran to put its nuclear programme back under proper restrictions and inspections.
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