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US Keeping Nukes in Case of ... Asteroids?

Threat cited as reason to keep old warheads

(Newser) - Somebody's been watching Armageddon: American nuclear authorities say they have delayed getting rid of old warhead components because they could help protect the world from killer asteroids. Authorities say the warheads are being kept "pending a senior-level government evaluation of their use in planetary defense against earthbound asteroids,... More »

Japan to US: Have Our Nuclear Cache

Japan to hand over plutonium, uranium to be converted into ' less sensitive forms'

(Newser) - A big win for President Obama: Japan today announced it will hand over some 700 pounds of weapons-grade plutonium as well as an estimated 450 pounds of highly enriched uranium to the US, reports the New York Times , which calls it the "biggest single success in President Obama's... More »

Iran's Nuclear 'Plan B': Plutonium

Until now, international powers have been focusing on uranium

(Newser) - The Telegraph has details today of what it calls Iran's "Plan B," a second path to creating a nuclear bomb: New satellite images show that Iran has activated its Arak heavy-water production plant; heavy water could eventually power a nuclear reactor that would produce plutonium for bomb-making.... More »

Ahmadinejad: We May Stop High-Grade Enrichment If...

...we get 20% enriched fuel from other countries

(Newser) - The latest in Iran's see-sawing over uranium enrichment : President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad implied the country would halt its high-grade enrichment, as demanded by the US, as long as it was still provided with the fuel it needs. "From the beginning the Islamic Republic has stated that if European countries... More »

Iran: We're Building a Nuclear Sub

Project can be used to justify nuclear enrichment

(Newser) - Iran says it has begun building a nuclear submarine—a move which conveniently gives it an excuse to enrich uranium to above weapons grade. An Iranian rear admiral announced the project in Iran's state-run Fars News Agency yesterday, and went out of his way to remind reporters that powering... More »

Kodak Couldn't Really Have Made Nuclear Warhead

Physics Central explains that nuclear reactor thing

(Newser) - Much was made of the revelation this week that Kodak once had a nuclear reactor in its basement, with even your humble Newser wondering what sort of nuclear Kodak moments the photo giant might have planned. But in truth, Kodak couldn’t have developed even one nuclear warhead, Physics Central... More »

In Kodak's Basement: Nuclear Reactor

Imaging giant had enriched uranium in Rochester

(Newser) - Would nuclear war have made a good Kodak moment? Until 2006, the company could have found out: It had 3.5 pounds of weapons-grade uranium stashed in a nuclear reactor in the basement of its headquarters—right in the busy city of Rochester, New York. It remains unclear why the... More »

North Korea to Launch 3rd Test 'Soon'

'Preparations are almost complete,' source says

(Newser) - North Korea isn't done thumbing its nose at the world, and is now preparing to launch a third nuclear weapons test, a senior source tells Reuters . When asked if North Korea was planning another nuclear test, following its much-condemned 2006 and 2009 demonstrations, the official replied, "Soon. Preparations... More »

Confirmed: Iran Enriching Uranium Underground

Higher level of enrichment at Fordo prompts international concern

(Newser) - Iran's claim has been confirmed: The country has indeed begun enriching uranium at an underground bunker, two diplomats tell the AP today. They call the news particularly worrying because the Fordo site is being used to make material that can be upgraded more quickly and easily for use in... More »

Quietly, Canada Slips US Bomb-Grade Uranium

Nuclear material moving as part of recent agreement

(Newser) - Canada is discreetly moving hundreds of pounds of weapons-grade uranium to the US, with one payload already across the border, a confidential memo obtained by the Canadian Press reveals. The shipments are the result of a pact President Obama and Canadian PM Stephen Harper signed last year to keep the... More »

US Secretly Sends Ukraine's Uranium to Russia

...in an effort to destroy it

(Newser) - The US carried out a secret operation this week in which 110 pounds of highly enriched uranium—enough to make two atomic bombs—were sent from Ukraine to Russia, as part of the Obama administration’s not-at-all secret push to secure the world’s nuclear material. Russia intends to blend... More »

Iran: We Can Process Our Own Uranium

Claims independence in nuclear cycle a day ahead of Geneva talks

(Newser) - Iran is processing its first batch of home-grown uranium, the nation's nuke chief said today, claiming total independence in the nuclear fuel cycle just a day ahead of Geneva talks meant to dissuade the country from its nuclear program. "Today, we witnessed the shipment of the first domestically produced... More »

N. Korea Unveils New Nuke Plant

Move could signal more aggressive program or be negotiating tactic

(Newser) - North Korea has unveiled a dazzling new uranium-enrichment plant to a visiting US scientist, reports the New York Times, and scientists confirm the country is building a light-water reactor elsewhere. Siegfried Hecker, former chief of Los Alamos, said he saw "hundreds and hundreds" of centrifuges operated by an "... More »

Ahmadinejad Sends Obama a Wake-Up Call

Iran crosses another red line with 20% enrichment boost

(Newser) - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s orders to jack up Iran’s plutonium enrichment to 20% is a shot across the bow of the Obama administration, throwing serious doubts on its strategy for engaging Iran. “If this were poker, one would have to say Iran is calling Washington’s bluff,” writes... More »

Ahmadinejad Ramps Up Iran's Plutonium Production

About-face from last week's willingness to cooperate with UN plan

(Newser) - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ordered his country's atomic agency today to begin the production of higher enriched uranium, in a move that's likely to deepen international skepticism about Iran's real nuclear intentions. On state television, Ahmadinejad said: "God willing, 20% enrichment will start" to meet Iran's needs. The comments fly in... More »

Iran Wants to Change Uranium Deal

But Tehran proposal would make the agreement pointless

(Newser) - Iran continues to waffle on the details of the deal under consideration to ship its enriched uranium to Russia. Now it's saying that if it does agree to the deal—a formal response is due Friday—it won't send all of its uranium at once. Instead, it will send shipments... More »

Iran OKs Nuke Deal, Will Give Up Uranium

Tehran said to be giving nuclear material to Russia

(Newser) - Iran has agreed to a draft deal on its nuclear program, the UN's nuclear watchdog announced today. The International Atomic Energy Agency said that Iran, the US, Russia, and France had agreed to the deal but gave no details. According to diplomats, however, the agreement would see the country ship... More »

Iran Nuke Talks Sluggish, But 'Moving Forward'

UN watchdog seems some progress between Tehran, Council members

(Newser) - Negotiations over the future of Iran’s nuclear program have been sluggish, the chief United Nations representative at the Vienna talks says this evening. “I believe we are making progress. It is maybe slower than I expected. But we are moving forward,” Mohamed ElBaradei says. The permanent members... More »

Ahmadinejad: Obama Made 'Big Mistake' Over Nukes

Tehran didn't hide new facility, he insists

(Newser) - Iran's president hit back today at President Obama's accusation that his country had sought to hide construction of a new nuclear site, arguing that Tehran reported the facility to the UN even earlier than required. "The US president made a big and historic mistake," said Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. "... More »

Iran Will Allow UN Inspectors at Nuke Site

But official brags it will 'blind the eyes' of enemies

(Newser) - Some typically mixed messages out of Iran today: The nation's nuclear chief says UN inspectors will be allowed to visit a newly revealed uranium-enrichment facility. Ali Akbar Salehi says he's "astonished" by the controversy, insisting that Iran has done nothing wrong. Meanwhile, an aide to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali... More »

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