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US and Chinese officials ‘scuffled over nuclear football’ during Trump Beijing visit

“Donald Trump’s security staff scuffled with Chinese officials over the emergency nuclear codes during a visit by the US president to Beijing, media reported” writes Charles Moore for telegraph.co.uk. However, a second attempt by a Chinese security to confront the US detail led to short tussle. “A Chinese security official grabbed Kelly, and Kelly shoved the man’s hand off of his body,” Axios said.The tussle began when a US secret service agent carrying a suitcase with the nuclear codes – known as the ‘nuclear football’ – was blocked from entering…

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Saudi Arabia says it’s in talks with 10 other nations on nuclear energy ambitions, calls for fairness from US

“Known as a 123 agreement, it separates civil and military nuclear facilities and aims to block the steps from nuclear fuel production to potential bomb-making applications” writes Hadley Gamble for cnbc.com. Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister called on the U.S. to give it the same rights as other nuclear nations in its push to process its own nuclear fuel, revealing that it’s currently in talks with 10 other countries should America refuse.Saudi Arabia plans to construct 16 nuclear power reactors over the next 20 to 25 years at a cost of…

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Sir Henry Brooke, Court of Appeal judge – obituary

“Sir Henry Brooke, who has died aged 81, was a Court of Appeal judge whose many lasting contributions to English law continued beyond retirement when he became an enthusiastic blogger and tweeter, dedicated to promoting access to justice for all” reports telegraph.co.uk. In 1983-85 he was counsel to the Sizewell “B” Nuclear Reactor public inquiry, which examined the proposal by the Central Electricity Generating Board to construct a nuclear power station at Sizewell, Suffolk. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Washington and Paris play doubles against Iran

“The reality is that the nuclear deal was so ill-founded, because it did not deny that Iran could develop a nuclear weapon” reports tehrantimes.com. What is certain is that the slightest change in the nuclear deal means the other party’s failure to fulfill its obligations.Also, according to their plan, the so-called sunset clauses will be removed, and the restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program would be permanent.In other words, it means the official withdrawal of the P5+1 from the nuclear deal.It appears that the French president and his foreign minister are…

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US Pacific commander: Kim Jong Un wants his nuclear weapons to conquer South Korea

“The commander of U.S. Pacific Command said Wednesday he believes North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is pursuing nuclear weapons to eventually reunify the Korean peninsula under his brutal communist regime” writes Travis J for washingtonexaminer.com. The Trump administration is now struggling with the youngest Kim’s nuclear aspirations, which have put the regime on the verge of becoming the world’s latest nuclear power to acquire ICBMs.The U.S. should take that long view into account when dealing with Kim’s quest for nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching U.S. cities, Adm. Source:…

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Mishandling of spent nuclear fuel in Russia may have caused radioactivity to spread across Europe

“The estimated amount of radioactive ruthenium released could only have come from processing several tons of spent nuclear fuel, IRSN says” writes Edwin Cartlidge for sciencemag.org. And in any case, he adds, “major operations” on the spent fuel at Mayak were done in late October 2017, after the ruthenium release.Now, scientists at the French Institute of Radioprotection and Nuclear Security (IRSN) in Paris say the isotope may have been released from the Mayak nuclear facility near Ozyorsk in southern Russia.Spent fuel is normally cooled for up to a decade before…

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U.S. exit from JCPOA will be ‘big strategic mistake’: Rouhani

“TEHRAN – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that the United States will make a “big strategic mistake” if it decides to pull out of the 2015 multilateral nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)” reports tehrantimes.com. Rouhani said Iran will not be the first to violate the landmark accord, but it has appropriate plans should the U.S. decides to exit the JCPOA. The Trump administration has been seeking to link the nuclear deal to Iran’s missile program which Tehran insists is purely for…

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North Korea’s ‘Princess’ Kim Yo Jong wraps up whirlwind, historic visit to the Olympics

“However, South Korea’s main opposition party warned that any talks between the two Koreas where the scrapping of North Korea’s nuclear program was not a precondition would only “benefit the enemy”” writes Christine Kim for businessinsider.com. Moon should be aware that he has to urge denuclearisation to North Korea by himself, not depending on dialogue between the U.S. and North Korea,” an editorial in the Yomiuri Newspaper read. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Staff at Russian nuclear facility caught using supercomputer to mine Bitcoins

“Even more, an overheated electrical grid recently caused fires in residential apartment buildings due to large amounts of cryptocurrency mining” reports digitaltrends.com. The incident took place at the highly secured Federal Nuclear Center in Sarov, western Russia, the same facility used by scientists to create the Soviet Union’s first nuclear bomb during the Cold War.Once they manually connected the supercomputer to the internet, the facility’s security system immediately reported the connection to Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB).According to reports, the two engineers accessed the supercomputer to mine Bitcoins, which requires…

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