Mark Hibbs, Q&A
Two weeks after parties to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) concluded their five-year Review Conference in New York, the main decision-making body of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meets in Vienna starting today. On the agenda are ongoing IAEA investigations in Iran and Syria, Israelís nuclear capability, and the IAEA budget.
In a Q&A
, Mark Hibbs writes that it is unlikely that a dramatic showdown with Iran or Syria will occur during the meeting. And while there may be heated exchanges over Israelís program, there is little chance it will lead to any action from the IAEA.
Mark Hibbs, Nuclear Energy Brief
In the coming weeks, China is expected to announce that it intends to export two nuclear-power reactors to Pakistan. The move would breach international protocol about the trade of nuclear equipment and material. Once the deal is officially confirmed, the spotlight won't be on either Beijing or Islamabad; it will be on Washington, which concluded a watershed nuclear agreement with India in 2008.
Martin B. Malin, The Christian Science Monitor
Two days before the flotilla fiasco, a UN conference aimed at strengthening the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty endorsed a plan for ridding the Middle East of all nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons.
The U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Monday it was looking into a report that military-ruled Myanmar was aiming to develop nuclear weapons.
Lee Michael Katz, Global Security Newswire
The international Conference on Disarmament is back in session, but leading diplomats and observers say that without an unexpected breakthrough, the body will remain a forum for talk rather than action on its long-standing goal of negotiating a fissile material cutoff treaty.
David E. Sanger, The New York Times
With a vote on new sanctions against Iran only days away, the Obama administration is making the case to members of the United Nations Security Council that Iran has revived elements of its program to design nuclear weapons that American intelligence agencies previously concluded had gone dormant.
Kang Hyun-kyung, The Korea Times
South Korea officially requested the United Nations Security Council to come up with a coordinated international action against North Korea after a multinational investigation team blamed it for the sinking of the naval warship Cheonan, Friday.