Nuclear Proliferation

10:09pm

Sat October 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Reports: U.S., Iran Agree To Nuclear Talks

The New York Times and NBC News are reporting that the U.S. and Iran have agreed to talks on Iran's nuclear program.

The Times, citing an unnamed Obama administration official, first reported on the negotiations and said that "reports of the agreement have circulated among a small group of diplomats involved with Iran."

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1:40pm

Fri October 12, 2012
National Security

Russia No Longer Wants U.S. Aid To Secure Nukes

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 3:59 pm

Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia has been backing away from U.S. aid. Russia now says it does not want to extend a U.S. assistance program that has helped secure and dismantle nuclear weapons dating to the Soviet era. The program has been in place for two decades and has been considered a big success.
Yuri Kadobnov AFP/Getty Images

When the Soviet Union splintered two decades ago, one of the biggest U.S. worries was how to ensure that the vast Soviet arsenal of nuclear weapons was kept secure.

The American response was the Cooperative Threat Reduction program of 1992. The U.S. provided money and expertise to lock down and track weapons of mass destruction and make sure they stayed out of the hands of rogue regimes or terrorists.

The program has been hailed as a great success, with thousands of Soviet nuclear weapons dismantled over the years.

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9:20am

Sun September 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Decades-Old Nuclear Standoff Finally Ends ... With New Zealand

U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is given a traditional Maori welcome onto the grounds of the Government House on Friday in Auckland, New Zealand.
Phil Walter Getty Images

A little-known, but longtime nuclear standoff ended this week when U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta lifted a 26-year-old ban that kept New Zealand naval ships from docking at U.S. bases.

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11:39am

Sun September 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Don't Allow Iran's Nuclear 'Touchdown,' Netanyahu Warns

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 9:29 am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Gali Tibbon AP

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Iranian nuclear program was "in the last 20 yards," and denied he was taking sides in the U.S. presidential election.

"They're in the last 20 yards, and you can't let them cross that goal line. You can't let them score a touchdown," he said Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press. "Because that would have unbelievable consequences, grievous consequences for the peace and security of us all."

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1:46am

Fri August 24, 2012
Middle East

Massive Cyberattack: Act 1 Of Israeli Strike On Iran?

Originally published on Sun August 26, 2012 6:42 am

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (center) visits the Natanz Uranium Enrichment Facility in April 2008. Israel and the U.S. targeted the facility in 2009 with the Stuxnet cyberattack.
AP

Talk in Israel of a military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities has reached a fever pitch. Last week brought the news of an alleged "war plan" leaked to a blogger. This week, a well-informed military correspondent in Jerusalem reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is "determined" to attack Iran before the U.S. election.

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