Saturday, June 20, 2015

Nigeria Selects Two Sites for Nuclear Power Plants

Reuters Africa
June 20, 2015
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Nigeria has selected two sites for the construction of its planned nuclear power plants, as Africa's biggest economy tries to end decades of electricity blackouts that have blighted its growth.

Russia's state-owned Rosatom, which has been in talks with Nigeria over the nuclear plants, on Friday confirmed two sites had been selected in Africa's most populous nation and said they would have a total of four reactors.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Saudi Arabia, Russia Sign Nuclear Power Cooperation Deal

Reuters
June 19, 2015
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Saudi Arabia and Russia have signed an agreement to cooperate on nuclear energy development, a Saudi government body in charge of such projects said.

The government body, the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, announced the cooperation deal on its website on Thursday but gave no further details.

Saudi-owned al-Arabiya TV, citing unnamed sources, said the kingdom planned to build 16 nuclear reactors in which Russia would play a significant role in operating them.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Russia Leads Race to Build South Africa Nuclear Plants

IOL News
June 13, 2015
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Nuclear co-operation agreements between South Africa and five countries confirm Russia’s status as the front runner for the construction of 9 600MW of new generating capacity, with China seemingly close behind, but this remains subject to this country’s law and must be ratified by Parliament.

The agreements were tabled by Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson on Friday and cover co-operation in fields that include construction, research, the exchange of technology and material, as well as questions of non-proliferation, safety and confidentiality.

Friday, June 12, 2015

India Applies for Membership of Missile Technology Control Regime

Economic Times
June 11, 2015
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Abandoning years of hostility, India has formally applied for the membership of Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), a West-dominated elite club of 34 countries that controls trade in missile and space technology. The application may happen at MTCR's plenary due in September-October.


NEW DELHI: Abandoning years of hostility, India has formally applied for the membership of Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), a West-dominated elite club of 34 countries that controls trade in missile and space technology. The application may happen at MTCR's plenary due in September-October.

Indian diplomats feel the country's chances of getting the membership are bright, thanks to US' assurances.

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Abandoning years of hostility, India has formally applied for the membership of Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), a West-dominated elite club of 34 countries that controls trade in missile and space technology. The application may happen at MTCR's plenary due in September-October.

Indian diplomats feel the country's chances of getting the membership are bright, thanks to US' assurances.

Follow @ETDefence Twitter handle for comprehensive coverage on other buzzi ..

Abandoning years of hostility, India has formally applied for the membership of Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), a West-dominated elite club of 34 countries that controls trade in missile and space technology. The application may happen at MTCR's plenary due in September-October.

Indian diplomats feel the country's chances of getting the membership are bright, thanks to US' assurances.

Follow @ETDefence Twitter handle for comprehensive coverage on other buzzi ..

New Jersey Smuggler Sent Electronics Parts to Aid Russian Military

Northjersey.com
June 11, 2015
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A 36-year-old Union County man originally from Russia spent nearly eight years smuggling sensitive electronic components made in America to Russian defense contractors through a clandestine network that significantly damaged U.S. national security, officials said Thursday.
Alexander Brazhnikov Jr.

The scheme was described in a Newark courtroom, where Alexander Brazhnikov Jr. pleaded guilty Thursday to federal conspiracy charges involving smuggling and money laundering. He acknowledged that he had arranged more than 1,900 secret shipments of American parts to contractors in Russia who were suppliers to Russian defense, intelligence and nuclear agencies.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Obama Approves Nuclear Cooperation Deal with South Korea

Yonhap News Agency
June 11, 2015
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U.S. President Barack Obama approved a civilian nuclear energy cooperation deal with South Korea on Thursday, saying it will promote the "common defense and security."

In April, the two countries initialed the revision to their 1974 nuclear cooperation pact after more than four years of negotiations to reconcile Seoul's demand for the right to reprocess spent nuclear fuel and enrich uranium with Washington's concerns about proliferation.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Congressional Briefing On US-India Nuclear Trade

Eurasia Review
June 8, 2015
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The US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) hosted a “Congressional briefing on US-India Nuclear Trade” on June 4, in Washington, DC. to discuss opportunities and challenges in commencing US-India Nuclear Trade. The briefing included US Congressional Leadership, nuclear industry experts, think tank personnel, and leaders of the Indian American community.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Why Businesses Should Be Aware of Deemed Exports

The Daily News (Tennessee)
June 4, 2015
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Around the time of the American Revolution, England was a textile powerhouse. Jealous to guard its industry, England made it a crime for any citizen to communicate textile technology outside of the country.

In 1789, Samuel Slater, an English citizen, broke this law. He memorized the design of textile factories and brought the technology to New England. American textile industry flourished, causing Andrew Jackson to label Slater “Father of the American Industrial Revolution.” The Brits had a different name for him: “Slater the Traitor.”

Now that Americans have their own industries to be proud of, the federal government jealously guards those industries, especially when national security could be at risk. There are two sets of regulations – the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and the Export Administration Regulations – which both govern the export of goods, technology and software.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

How Export Control Can Hurt National Security

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Forbes
Loren Thomson
June 2 2015
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The federal government regulates the export of items with potential military uses to assure they are not shipped to hostile countries, terrorists, or human-rights abusers. The most sensitive items, such as tactical aircraft and missiles, are enumerated on the U.S. Munitions List, which is administered by the Department of State; companies seeking to export them must apply for licenses and submit to rigorous federal regulation. Less sensitive items that have both military and commercial applications — so-called “dual-use” technologies — are carried on a separate Commerce Control List administered by the Department of Commerce. Items on the latter list typically are subject to less stringent oversight, although there are still significant obstacles to their export.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Beijing Pushing its Nuclear Exports

Want China Times
June 1, 2015
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Nuclear power has become an important option for countries around the world to resolve energy shortfalls, including Brazil, Shanghai's China Business News reports.

In January, over one-third of Brazil's state governments faced sudden power outages, however, they eventually resolved the problem by purchasing energy from Argentina, which has three nuclear power stations. Argentina is planning to build its fourth nuclear power plant, which may import nuclear power technology from China.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

South Korea Backs India's Nuclear Suppliers Group Membership Bid

NDTV
May 19, 2015
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Acknowledging that India's inclusion will have a positive influence on strengthening global non- proliferation efforts, South Korea on Monday backed India's bid for securing an early membership of the four multilateral export control regimes, including the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South Korean President Park Geun-hye held discussions on a wide range of issues, including nuclear non-proliferation and India's bid to join the four multilateral export control regimes - Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), Missile Technology Control Regime, Australia Group and Wassenaar Arrangement.

South Africa to Support India's Membership of NSG

Business Standard
May 19, 2015
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South Africa today assured India that it would support its membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, as the two countries agreed to deepen their cooperation in defence, deep-mining, science and technology, under a five-year strategic programme.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is here on an official visit, held discussions with her South African counterpart Maite Nkoana-Mashabane on a wide range of issues.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Czechs Thwart Iranian Plot to Buy Nuclear Material from US Company - Howden CKD

Breitbart
May 14, 2015
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Czech Republic officials thwarted an attempt by the government of Iran to purchase a “large shipment” of nuclear material, using “false documentation” in an attempt to secure its safe passage to Tehran, according to unnamed “U.N. experts and Western sources,” who told Reuters late Wednesday.

The news of Iran’s alleged illegal activity comes as world powers have until June 30 to reach a final agreement with Tehran on its nuclear enrichment program. The basic framework for an agreement, which was reached on April 2, is premised on Iran’s pledge that the Ayatollah’s regime would not pursue nuclear weapons. But such a breach of conduct may add doubt into the minds of negotiators, who are seeking a diplomatic solution to Iran’s drive towards obtaining nukes.

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