Robin Pomeroy and Ramin Mostafavi, Reuters
Sanctions against Iran could slow down its nuclear progress, a senior government official said on Wednesday, the first time Tehran has acknowledged the measures might have some bite.
"We cannot say the sanctions have no effect," the head of Iran's atomic energy agency, Ali Akbar Salehi, was quoted as saying by ISNA news agency. "Maybe they will slow down the work but they will not stop it, that's certain."
Eli Lake, The Washington Times
This article quotes a public interview between the UAE Ambassador to the United States, Youssef al-Otaiba, with The Atlantic
at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Ambassador al-Otaiba reportedly remarked for the first time in public that he prefers a resort to military action to "living with a nuclear Iran." The UAE government has since dismissed
Jon Kyl, The Wall Street Journal
Hearings to ratify the nuclear arms treaty with Russia known as New Start are now underway in the Senate. To win the 67 votes needed to ratify it, President Obama is going to have to do more than defend the provisions of this one document.
The Saudi cabinet agreed on Monday to sign a nuclear cooperation accord with France, which could open the way for French help in developing nuclear power in the oil-rich kingdom.
Siobhan Gorman, The Wall Street Journal
The federal government is launching an expansive program dubbed "Perfect Citizen" to detect cyber assaults on private companies and government agencies running such critical infrastructure as the electricity grid and nuclear-power plants, according to people familiar with the program.
Nuclear Engineering International
A consortium of six Japanese companies has set up an office to prepare for the launch of a company to promote power plants projects in emerging nuclear countries.