Six-nation talks on North Korea’s nuclear programme are to resume on 18 December, Chinese officials say.
BBC 11th Dec 2006
US President George W Bush has welcomed the congressional approval of a law which will allow the US to export civilian nuclear fuel to India.
BBC 11th Dec 2006
RUSSIA’S military has commissioned its first unit of new intercontinental ballistic missiles on mobile launchers, according to the country’s ITAR-Tass news agency.
Scotsman 11th Dec 2006
Beginning construction of the first U.S. nuclear power plant in more than 30 years and convincing the public that the government can handle nuclear waste are key Bush Administration energy policy goals for its last 800 days in office, according to Clay Sell, deputy secretary of the Department of Energy. Sell spoke on Dec. 5 to a conference of several hundred nuclear advocates, drawn together by the promise of the Administration’s proposed Global Nuclear Energy Partnership. GNEP would have the U.S. lead an international partnership to expand use of nuclear energy and to reprocess spent nuclear fuel for reuse throughout the world. Currently, however, the U.S. by law may not reprocess spent fuel and must place it in an underground repository.
Chemical and Engineering News 11th Dec 2006
Gulf Arab leaders are considering a joint civilian nuclear programme, a move that could heighten proliferation concerns in the oil-rich region. The decision to order a study, announced at the end of a two-day summit in Riyadh attended by leaders from the Gulf Co-operation Council, comes at a time of mounting Arab concern over Iran’s nuclear ambitions and its growing regional power. Abdul-Rahman al-Attiya, the secretary-general of the GCC, which includes Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, stressed that Gulf countries had the right to nuclear energy technology for peaceful purposes.
FT 11th Dec 2006
BBC 10th Dec 2006
Reuters 10th Dec 2006
The debate over how to punish Iran for its refusal to suspend sensitive nuclear fuel work resumes in New York tomorrow with Western diplomats confident that the UN Security Council will approve targeted sanctions against Tehran by Christmas.
Interactive Investor 10th Dec 2006
The government’s promise to cut the number of missiles and nuclear warheads carried by Britain’s future strategic submarines was described yesterday as “a hollow gesture”.
The Federation of American Scientists, an influential US lobby-group on global arms’ issues, says the UK has barely enough Trident missiles to arm three of its four current Vanguard boats in any case, making a cut inevitable.
Herald 11th Dec 2006
Anti-Trident activists on Monday will begin their two-day campaign of peaceful disruption when they join a long-running protest at a nuclear base. Members of Trident Ploughshares intend to stage a blockade of Faslane Naval Base in Argyll and Bute over Monday and Tuesday.
ICScotland 11th Dec 2006