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North Korea Will Soon Have the Makings for 20 Nukes

It's producing 330 pounds of enriched uranium per year: report

(Newser) - If it doesn't already , North Korea will have the makings for 20 nuclear bombs by the end of the year, experts predict in a new report. The country is believed to be producing 330 pounds of highly enriched uranium per year at one or two sites—enough for six... More »

Clock Ticking, Ayatollah Deals Blow to Iran Nuke Deal

Appears to undercut negotiators in new speech

(Newser) - A Sunday deadline is looming for Iran to strike a nuclear deal with six world powers under a plan set in motion last year —but with just days to go, Iran's supreme leader has made the chances of a deal being forged in time look supremely unlikely. In... More »

Iran Could Have Bomb in a Month: Report

But negotiators point to progress in talks

(Newser) - In just a month, Iran could have enough weapons-grade uranium to build a nuclear bomb, a US expert says. "Breakout times"—a reference to the period needed to get weapons-grade uranium from low-enriched uranium—"are currently too short and shortening further." The findings, from the Institute... More »

Iran Rolls Out 2 New Nuclear-Linked Projects

Uranium mine, processing plant opened after talks fail

(Newser) - Iran has inaugurated two key nuclear-related projects just days after another round of talks with world powers seeking to limit its atomic program ended in another stalemate. Operations are now under way at Iran's biggest uranium mine and a uranium ore concentrate production plant, according to state media. Neither... More »

Seoul Lobbies US Hard for OK to Make Nuclear Fuel

Fear move could spark regional arms race

(Newser) - In a move unlikely to calm nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula, South Korea is pushing the US hard for permission to start creating its own nuclear fuel. The request comes amid a renegotiation of Seoul's 1972 nuclear cooperation pact with the US but while South Korea stresses it... 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 »

Iran's Nuke Centrifuges Getting Massive Upgrade

New generation plants to process uranium 5 times faster

(Newser) - Iran insists its uranium enrichment program is just for peaceful purposes—and now it is poised to start making a lot more of it. Tehran plans on mounting as many as 3,132 new-generation, IR-2m centrifuges; the machines are capable of enriching uranium five times faster than its current equipment,... More »

Irate North Korea Suggests New Nuke Test Is Coming

And there's no possibility of denuclearization talks

(Newser) - The UN Security Council unanimously passed a resolution yesterday expanding sanctions against North Korea as punishment for its December rocket launch , and Pyongyang did not take the news lying down. It responded angrily today by promising to strengthen its nuclear weapons program and suggesting it would carry out a third... More »

Iran Accelerating Nuclear Work: Report

Window closing for diplomacy or military intervention, warn analysts

(Newser) - Negotiations related to Iran's nuclear program are nearly dead in their tracks; the same can't be said of the country's nuclear progress, according to a soon-to-be-released report by international nuclear inspectors cited by the the New York Times . The report claims that Iran has stepped up its... More »

US Nuke Site Closed After Nun Breaks In

82-year-old among anti-nuclear protestors

(Newser) - A trio of activists—ranging in age from 57 to 82—busted through security at the country's only weapons-grade uranium processing facility, cutting fences to gain access to the Oak Ridge, Tennessee, site on Wednesday. They managed to make it as far as the outer walls of one building... 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 »

Iran: We'll Build 2 More Plants, Enrich 20% Uranium

Nuclear official: 'We have no reason to retreat'

(Newser) - Iran plans to build two new nuclear reactors and retract an earlier offer to stop enriching uranium up to 20%, the nation's top nuclear official told state news today, the New York Times reports. "Iran will build a 1,000-megawatt nuclear power plant in Bushehr next year,"... More »

Iran Shrugs Off 27% Enriched Uranium Find

But there's enough for 5 nuclear bombs, if fully refined

(Newser) - Iran has dismissed the higher-than-expected 27% enriched uranium discovered at an Iranian nuclear site, calling it a mere technical glitch, the AP reports. "This issue shows that some intend to damage the existing constructive cooperation between Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency," an Iranian official said today,... More »

Iran Has Enriched Uranium to 27%

Diplomats share findings of confidential IAEA report

(Newser) - Iran was already making the world nervous with the revelation it was enriching uranium to 20% at its Fordo facility. But now the IAEA says it has found traces of uranium enriched up to 27% at Fordo, according to a confidential report to be released to IAEA board members today.... More »

Iran Balks at Nuclear Offer

Talks in Baghdad continuing today

(Newser) - Talks between Iran and six world powers about Iran's nuclear program yesterday yielded only an agreement to keep talking today. During the talks in Baghdad , negotiators offered Iran a package of benefits for freezing uranium enrichment, but the country's official news agency slammed the package as "outdated,... More »

Could a Strike on Iran Spark a Nuclear Explosion?

Brian Palmer: Sorry, nuclear weapons don't detonate like that

(Newser) - As pressure mounts for a US or Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, you may be wondering whether such an attack would trigger a mushroom cloud or cause dangerous materials to leak. Brian Palmer lays those fears mostly to rest in Slate , saying Iran probably hasn't enriched enough... More »

North Korea to Halt Nuclear Activities

Country will receive food aid in return

(Newser) - North Korea will suspend uranium enrichment and has agreed to a moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests; it has also agreed to allow International Atomic Energy Inspectors to verify and monitor the moratoriums and confirm disablement of its nuclear reactor at Yongbyon. Today's joint announcement suggests North Korea... More »

Iran to Retaliate Against West Over Dead Nuke Expert

Reports says plan could involve foreign assassinations

(Newser) - Chanting "death to America" and "death to Israel," thousands gathered in Iran today to mourn slain nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan , hauling his coffin through Tehran. Meanwhile, an independent news site suggested Iran is preparing a covert counteroffensive against the West in retaliation for the bomb blast.... 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 »

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