The technical aspects of the Iran Deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, JCPOA) are solid and more restrictive than any previous arms control deal. The broader aspects of the deal are important, too, and potentially very positive. So it should be no surprise to anyone who’s been reading Nuclear Diner that I support the Iran Deal. Continue readingby
Long reads for your weekend:
Mark Galeotti weighs leaks and actions in the killing of Boris Nemtsov and the rivalry between the Russian security services and Ramzan Kadyrov. Michael Krepon on the politics of the Iran deal. The comments from Tom are helpful, too.
Mikhail Gorbachev on denuclearization. Worth reading this for a Russian viewpoint.
Mark Galeotti weighs leaks and actions in the killing of Boris Nemtsov and the rivalry between the Russian security services and Ramzan Kadyrov.
Update: And this is cool – Why did the United States abandon a lead in reactor design? By me.by
Endel Lippmaa, an Estonian Leader without Portfolio, Dies at 84. I met Lippmaa once or twice. He was a nuclear physicist who worked hard to regain his country’s independence from the Soviet Union. He and his students did a lot of groundwork on the Sillamäe tailings pond that helped in its remediation in 2009. He was very opinionated and sometimes hard to get along with, as is recounted in the linked article. Photo from Postimees. Continue readingby
I’ve hesitated to say this right out; sometimes my ideas are pretty far off the beaten path. But I have found two others who think this way.
Why would Iran agree to the extremely restrictive controls on its nuclear program for a decade and more if its plan was to break out after fifteen years or one of the other time limits on its activities, unless it really didn’t want a bomb? And why would it avoid activities having to do with weaponization for a decade or more? Why would it put a heavy investment of governmental activity into two years of negotiations to arrive at that very restrictive agreement? Continue readingby
The Arak reactor was seen to be a problem as soon as its existence was announced in 2002 by an Iranian opposition group. Heavy water reactors produce more plutonium of a type that is better for weapons than other reactors do. The photo is of the Arak reactor ( “Arak Heavy Water4” by Nanking2012 – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons). The dome is the containment vessel. Continue readingby