Tag Archives: Nuclear

DPRK Announcement: Restart of Yongbyong Reactor

REPRINT The orginal news release from the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) is given below: Source: http://kcna.kp/kcna.user.article.retrieveNewsViewInfoList.kcmsf Director of Atomic Energy Institute of DPRK on Its Nuclear Activities Pyongyang, September 15 (KCNA) -- The director of the Atomic Energy Institute of the DPRK gave the following answer to question put by KCNA Tuesday as regards the public opinion being built up over the DPRK's nuclear activities: Of late, institutions specializing in nuclear activities and media of the Western world including the U.S. have become vociferous about nuclear activities in the DPRK, saying satellite data made them capture fresh activity in a nuclear establishment in Nyongbyon and they are concerned about it. As known by the world, the DPRK's access to the nuclear weapons is an outcome of the U.S. hostile policy towards it. Read more

North Korea Restarts Main Reactor

*** BREAKING NEWS*** By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer The head of North Korea’s Atomic Energy Agency has confirmed that the DPRK has restarted its main research light water Reactor #1 at Yongbyong. The graphite-moderated reactor (model IRT-2000) was originally imported in 1963 from a Soviet-era design, and was subsequently upgraded from 4 to 8 MWth. Read more here. A detailed account is available at: http://www.nknews.org/2015/09/n-korea-upgrading-nuclear-facilities-in-nyongbyon-kcna/. Further technical information is available at: http://www.nti.org/facilities/767/ To compare the IRT – 2000 design with the RMBK design (of Chernobyl fame) visit: http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/Nuclear-Fuel-Cycle/Power-Reactors/Appendices/RBMK-Reactors/ The original Korean Central News Agency report is available at: http://kcna.kp/kcna.user.article.retrieveNewsViewInfoList.kcmsf This Read more

Iran Announces Discovery of Major Uranium Reserves

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer A Potential Gamechanger? Iran’s announcement of discovery of major Uranium reserves in the central province of Yazd has surprised western experts and could be a nuclear gamechanger. According to Reuters, Ali Akbar Salehi, Director of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) was quoted as saying, "I cannot announce ( the level of ) Iran's uranium mine reserves. The important thing is that before aerial prospecting for uranium ores we were not too optimistic, but the new discoveries have made us confident about our reserves." Salehi went on to say that uranium exploration had covered almost two-thirds of Iran and would be complete in the next four years, according to a September 12, 2015 posting by Iran’s state news agency, IRNA. Read more

Debate on Iran Nuclear Deal Intensifies

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer US Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Powers, in a recent editorial in Politico has stated that the United States could find itself isolated from the international community if it rejects the proposed Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) with Iran, according to a L’Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. "If the United States rejects this deal, we would instantly isolate ourselves from countries that spent nearly two years working with American negotiators to hammer out its toughest provisions," Powers wrote in an opinion posted late Wednesday. "We would go from a situation in which Iran is isolated to one in which the United States is isolated.”, she continued. According to an article by Deb Reichmann, carried in the Huffington Post, President Obama has adequate authority to lift most sanctions against Iran by executive order, despite a override Read more

Iran to Build a Nationwide Nuclear Science and Technology School System

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

The Director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi, announced last Tuesday that the agency plans to build special nuclear science and technology training schools across Iran.

Speaking at a groundbreaking ceremony of the new Nuclear High School in Mashad, he said, “The country’s second nuclear energy school will be constructed in Mashhad and a memorandum of understanding has also been signed among the AEOI, Khorassan Governor General Razavi ‘s Office and the Khorassan Education Department in this regard.”

The AEOI also has plans to construct a hospital with advanced nuclear medicine diagnostic and treatment facilities in Tehran, according to Salehi.

Fallout From Iran Nuclear Deal (2)

A Russian-Iranian Alliance? By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Recent developments in Russo-Iranian relations have some Western observers increasingly focused. • On Wednesday August 19, 2015 Russian Deputy Foreign Minister , Mikhail Bogdanov announced that Russia and Iran have finalized an arms agreement over purchase and delivery of four advanced long-range S-300 VM (Antey-2500) mobile surface-to-air anti-ballistic missile systems by the end of 2015. [ This is presumably an Iranian effort to counter anticipated Israeli missile strikes of its nuclear R&D facilities. ] • In the wake of lifting of UN sanctions as a result of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, this is actually a new revision of an earlier Russian/Iranian contract for deliveries of (now discontinued) S-300 PMU ABM systems, interrupted in 2007 by the UN Arms Embargo. • Russia and Iran Read more

Fallout From IRAN Nuclear Deal (1)

IAEA Withholds Information From US Senate and Obama Administration By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer An official spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) claims that International Atomic Energy (IAEA) Director, Yukiya Amano, in response to direct Iranian pressure, has withheld secrets of the “Roadmap of Cooperation Between Iran and the IAEA” [an apparent separate agreement with Iran] from the U.S. Congress and Obama Administration. Behrouz Kamalvandi, speaking in a meeting with Iranian lawmakers in Tehran on Monday August 17 declared that “If secrets of the agreement are revealed, we will lose our trust in the Agency.”, according to the FARS News Agency The announcement as it stands can have serious implications for US Senate ratification of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed in Vienna on 14 July 2015 (commonly known as the Iran Nuclear Read more

Experts File Amicus Brief in Marshall Islands Nuclear Non-Proliferation Case Against the U.S.

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer On 4/24/2014, the Republic of the Marshall Islands filed an Application Instituting Proceedings Against the United States before the International Court of Justice in the Hauge. Four recognized American nuclear experts have filed a judicus amicus (“friend of the court”) brief in support of the Marshall Islands effort to compel the United States to meet its requirements under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), ratified by the US Senate in 1970. Hans Kristensen, Director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists; Dr. James Doyle, a nuclear nonproliferation expert fired by the Los Alamos national lab after publishing a study arguing for nuclear weapons abolition; Robert Alvarez, a former Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Energy, now at the Institute for Policy Studies; and Jay Coghlan, director Read more

FAS Issues Report on Implementation of Iran Nuclear Agreement

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer The Nuclear Verification Capabilites Independent Task Force of the Federation of American Scientists has issued a report, “Six Achievable Steps for Implementing an Effective Verification Regime for a Nuclear Agreement with Iran. “ The intent of the FAS analysis is to outline challenges to and offer constructive suggestions for effective implementation of the proposed Iran Nuclear Agreement. The report emphasizes six feasible steps for executing an effective nuclear nonproliferation verification regime with Iran: 1. Ensure that the Joint Commission Works Effectively Among the P5+1 and Iran to Facilitate Compliance and Communication 2. Organize Executive Branch Mechanisms to Create Synergy and Sustain Focus on Implementation Over the Long-Term 3. Support and Augment the IAEA in the Pursuit of its Key Monitoring Role 4. Read more

Delaware to Distribute KI Tablets

by: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) and Delaware Division of Public Health will distribute free Potassium Iodide (KI) tablets to Delaware residents living within a precautionary ten-mile radius of the Salem/Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Stations. Distribution will take place on Thursday, April 9, 2015, between 12 noon and 7:00PM EDT at the Townsend Fire Station, located on 107 Main Street in Townsend, DE. Businesses located within the zone are also eligible to receive tablets. KI tablets are intended to specifically protect thyroid glands from damage associated with exposure to radioactive isotopes of Iodine formed during nuclear reactor malfunctions and related incidents by creating a positive (outward) flow of nonradioactive Iodine ions from the thyroids. Further information can be obtained at:http://news.delaware.gov/2015/04/01/delaware-to-distribute-potassium-iodide-ki-tablets-3/ or Read more