Category Archives: Nuclear

Iran requests 950 tons of uranium from Kazakhstan | The Times of Israel

Iran’s nuclear chief said Saturday that the country had requested to buy 950 tons of uranium concentrate from Kazakhstan over the next three years to help develop its civil reactor program.

“650 tons will enter the country in two consignments and 300 tons will enter Iran in the third year,” he said.

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Under the nuclear deal, many of Iran’s centrifuges were mothballed but it has the right to enrich uranium to a level of 3.5 percent and sell it abroad.

Iran requests 950 tons of uranium from Kazakhstan | The Times of Israel

The Real Nuclear News | RealClearDefense

If American deterrent policy just changes, the nuclear dangers will recede.

Is this true?

No, it is not. While there are indeed many nuclear dangers we should worry about, their origin does not lie with the United States, although it is perfectly reasonable to criticize past American policy as inadequate to meet these challenges.

However, whether we are concerned with the Russians moving nuclear capable Iskandar missiles to Kaliningrad or the Chinese threatening war if challenged over artificial islands in the South China Sea, these actions are part of a strategy to establish a tyrannical new world order.

George Washington said if you want to establish peace, prepare for war. Ronald Reagan called such a strategy “peace through strength.” That combination of military capability and diplomatic smarts won the Cold War. It can win the peace again.

The Russian, Chinese and North Korean threats are real indeed and need to be taken seriously. We cannot just stand still or go backward. As the new administration says, it is about making America great again. A strong military—both conventional and nuclear– is part of that effort.

The Real Nuclear News | RealClearDefense

China’s nuclear weapons policy could be about to radically change

“For China to take on a more aggressive nuclear posture in a world like this would be an alarming step indeed.”

There has long been a gap between China’s nuclear weapons capabilities and the aspirations of its defence strategists, some of whom are keen to align Beijing’s nuclear posture with the offensive, dominant stance of its conventional military forces. They may be getting their way: there are signs that China could start to move towards a “war-fighting” nuclear stance and dramatically change the way it uses its nuclear weapons for strategic purposes.

This would be a huge change. …

In short, Beijing’s newly flexible options give it the ability to use its nuclear weapons to much broader and more assertive ends than it ever has before.

And so China presents the West’s nuclear policy wonks with a set of fiendish puzzles. Why might Beijing be fundamentally rethinking things, and if so, when and why did it start? …

China’s nuclear weapons policy could be about to radically change

Tasnim News Agency – Iran Injects UF6 into IR8 Centrifuges: AEOI

The IR-8 centrifuges are 20 times faster than the current IR-1 model that Iran is using. The injection of UF-6 into the IR-8 centrifuges for research purposes is allowed under the 2015 nuclear deal. You can see that the Iranians are getting ready to hit the ground running in 2025 when the nuclear deal expires.

In a statement on Saturday, the AEOI said the injection of UF6 gas into IR8 machines, which are the most advanced and modern centrifuges, has been made in compliance with the terms laid down in the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers.

Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France, and Germany) reached the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in July 2015 and implemented it in January last year.

With the injection of UF6, which is a gaseous uranium compound, into the machines, a major breakthrough in the country’s peaceful nuclear program on development of IR8 centrifuges has been achieved, the statement added.

Tasnim News Agency – Iran Injects UF6 into IR8 Centrifuges: AEOI

Iran to begin gas injection into new, advanced centrifuges | The Times of Israel

Iran has said that its IR-8 centrifuges enrich uranium 20 times faster than the IR-1 centrifuges, which the country used prior to the deal.

Under the terms of the agreement as issued in a fact sheet released by the US State Department last year, Iran “will not use its IR-2, IR-4, IR-5, IR-6, or IR-8 models to produce enriched uranium for at least ten years. For ten years, enrichment and enrichment research and development will be limited to ensure a breakout timeline of at least 1 year. Beyond 10 years, Iran will abide by its enrichment and enrichment R&D plan submitted to the IAEA, and pursuant to the JCPOA, under the Additional Protocol resulting in certain limitations on enrichment capacity.”

Iran to begin gas injection into new, advanced centrifuges | The Times of Israel

China must expand nuclear arsenal in response to Trump: Global Times, East Asia News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

The Global Times said some media claimed the People’s Liberation Army leaked the photos as a warning to Trump.

“They think this is Beijing’s response to Trump’s provocative remarks on China,” it added.

The US president, who took office Friday, has rattled Beijing with tough talk on trade and national security.

On Monday White House spokesman Sean Spicer warned China the US would “defend” American and international interests in the disputed South China Sea, where China has built a series of artificial islands capable of military use.

China must expand nuclear arsenal in response to Trump: Global Times, East Asia News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

Here’s How China Will Test Trump With North Korean Nukes – The Daily Beast

China is demanding South Korea not defend itself from North Korean missiles and nuclear weapons, which Beijing has helped Pyongyang develop.

Now, China is threatening South Korea over THAAD. And Beijing’s move is especially outrageous. It has been helping the North Koreans develop nuclear weapons and missiles by, among other things, supplying uranium, components for nukes, mobile launchers for long-range ballistic missiles, and maybe even plans for submarine-launched missiles. At the same time, China is demanding the South not defend itself from the threat it has been creating.

If Beijing succeeds, it will be even more emboldened to take on the United States, and the heightened Chinese belligerence could fast become the 45th president’s biggest problem.

Here’s How China Will Test Trump With North Korean Nukes – The Daily Beast

How Modernizing The U.S. Army Can Make Nuclear War Less Likely

The Russians know this, and have their own strategy for going nuclear in a future regional conflict. The Russian military’s chief of staff said in 2011 that local conflicts anywhere along his country’s borders could result in use of nuclear weapons, and doctrine has been developed for how Moscow would use nuclear weapons to gain the upper hand in a fight. Problem is, once the weapons of mass destruction start flying, the fight could escalate to an all-out strategic exchange.

If it did, American democracy might not survive. Tens of millions of Americans could die during the first weeks of war. There is little indication President Obama gave any thought to this possibility before extending his ill-advised commitments to countries lying only a few minutes from Russian military bases.

How Modernizing The U.S. Army Can Make Nuclear War Less Likely

US Intel Images Suggest Another N. Korean Missile Launch Site

The silo, an underground chamber used for storing and firing missiles, seems analogous to the one at a missile base in Tabriz, Iran, with the same 7.4-meter-wide sliding cover and the same type of exhaust vents, the intelligence consultancy told VOA on Tuesday.

That U.S.-based group added that this rectangular-shaped structure appears large enough to house current North Korean missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads that can strike neighboring countries, such as South Korea and Japan.

“If this Iranian site is housing missiles and the North Korean site that we have uncovered is the exact same dimension, then it’s quite possible that the site that we have uncovered is housing missiles as well,” said Ryan Barenklau, founder of Strategic Sentinel.

He also suggested a possible nuclear cooperation between the two countries.

US Intel Images Suggest Another N. Korean Missile Launch Site

North Korea ‘racing ahead’ on nuclear plan, defector says – CNNPolitics.com

Political uncertainty in the United States and in South Korea could give North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “an apt time” to develop nuclear weapons “at all costs by the end of 2017,” a high-profile North Korean diplomat who recently defected to South Korea said Tuesday.

“Due to domestic political procedures, North Korea calculates that South Korea and the US will not be able to take physical or military actions to deter North Korea’s nuclear development,” Thae Yong-ho, formerly No. 2 at the North Korean Embassy in London, said in a news briefing, according to the Yonhap News Agency.

North Korea ‘racing ahead’ on nuclear plan, defector says – CNNPolitics.com

Trump Said the U.S. Should Expand Nuclear Weapons. He’s Right. – POLITICO Magazine

The potential threats are everywhere. Washington faces an increasing risk of conflict with a newly assertive, nuclear-armed China in the South China Sea. Beijing is expanding its nuclear forces and it is estimated that the number of Chinese warheads capable of reaching the U.S. homeland has more than trebled in the past decade and continues to grow. And Russia has become more aggressive in Europe and the Middle East and has engaged in explicit nuclear saber rattling the likes of which we have not seen since the 1980s. At the height of the crisis over Crimea in 2014, for example, Russian President Vladimir Putin ominously declared, “It’s best not to mess with us … I want to remind you that Russia is one of the leading nuclear powers.” And on Tuesday, he vowed to “enhance the combat capability of strategic nuclear forces, primarily by strengthening missile complexes that will be guaranteed to penetrate existing and future missile defense systems.” As former Defense Secretary William Perry correctly notes, “Today, the danger of some sort of a nuclear catastrophe is greater than it was during the Cold War.”

Trump Said the U.S. Should Expand Nuclear Weapons. He’s Right. – POLITICO Magazine