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Nuclear News - 10/27/2008
PGS Nuclear News, October 27, 2008
Compiled By: Matthew Giles


A.  DPRK
    1. North Korea Produced 30.8 Kilograms of Plutonium, Dong-a Says, Seonjin Cha, Bloomberg (10/24/2008)
B.  Russia-China
    1. China, Russia pledge to push forward energy cooperation, Chinadaily.com.cn (10/26/2008)
C.  Nuclear Cooperation
    1. Indo-French cos begin discussion on nuclear cooperation, Press Trust of India (10/23/2008)
D.  Russia-Iran
    1. Russia Says U.S. Arms Sanctions Illegal, Will Affect Relations, Greg Walters and William Mauldin, Bloomberg (10/24/2008)
E.  Links of Interest
    1. Nuclear Security in Pakistan after Musharraf, Ken Luongo, WMD Insights (10/27/2008)



A.  DPRK

1.
North Korea Produced 30.8 Kilograms of Plutonium, Dong-a Says
Seonjin Cha
Bloomberg
10/24/2008
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North Korea Produced 30.8 Kilograms of Plutonium, Dong-a Says
Seonjin Cha
Bloomberg News
October 24, 2008
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North Korea told China in June it had produced 30.8 kilograms of plutonium, Dong-a Ilbo newspaper reported.

North Korea used 2 kilograms of the material for a nuclear test in October 2006 and the rest to develop nuclear arms, the Korean-language daily said, citing an unidentified official.

South Korea's Foreign Minister Yu Myung Hwan told lawmakers in Seoul on Oct. 22 that North Korea could make six to eight nuclear weapons with the amount of plutonium it has processed.

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B.  Russia-China

1.
China, Russia pledge to push forward energy cooperation
Chinadaily.com.cn
10/26/2008
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Senior Chinese and Russian officials pledged to push forward the two countries' energy cooperation during a high-level energy negotiators' meeting here on Sunday.

"During this conference... we exchanged views and reached consensus on strengthening bilateral cooperation in oil and gas, nuclear energy and electricity," said Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan, commenting on the talks with his Russian counterpart Igor Sechin.

Wang suggested that the China-Russia energy cooperation cover all sectors including oil and gas, nuclear energy and electricity, be market-oriented and based on the principle of benefiting both sides.

Hailing the booming Chinese-Russian political and economic ties, Wang said the two countries' energy negotiation mechanism will help expand and deepen the long-term and steady energy cooperation.

Sechin, for his part, said the energy negotiation mechanism promoted bilateral energy cooperation to a new level as related government agencies and enterprises have done a lot to stimulate cooperation since the first energy negotiators' meeting.

"Russia will carry out long-term and pragmatic cooperation with China in sectors like oil and gas, electricity and nuclear energy to seek tangible results and promote the bilateral energy cooperation to a new stage," he said.

The senior officials also discussed preparation works for the upcoming regular meeting between Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

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C.  Nuclear Cooperation

1.
Indo-French cos begin discussion on nuclear cooperation
Press Trust of India
10/23/2008
(for personal use only)


With the Indo-French civil nuclear agreement in place, nuclear companies of the two countries have started negotiations for entering into contracts to build atomic power plants here.

Nuclear Power Corporation India Limited (NPCIL) Chairman and Managing Director S K Jain was in Paris recently to hold discussions on jointly building nuclear power plants in the country, sources said.

Areva, a French nuclear power company is keen on building atomic power plants in India with NPCIL's cooperation.

It has developed a next generation reactor -- the 1,600 MW European Pressurised Reactor -- which it plans to offer to India, the sources said.

With India having inked the safeguards agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and clinched a waiver from the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) to participate in global nuclear trade it can now embark on international cooperation to develop its atomic power sector.

"It is up to NPCIL to decide what it wants from Areva and other companies," a source said.

India is planning to set up clusters across the country where the nuclear power plants would be set up through international cooperation.

Jaitapur in coastal Maharashtra has been tentatively identified as the site for Areva to set up its nuclear power plants.

India has about 4,120 MW of installed nuclear power generation capacity and most of the 15 atomic power plants are running at half the plant load factor.

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D.  Russia-Iran

1.
Russia Says U.S. Arms Sanctions Illegal, Will Affect Relations
Greg Walters and William Mauldin
Bloomberg
10/24/2008
(for personal use only)


Russia said U.S. sanctions against its state-controlled arms exporter have ``no justification in international law'' and will have an impact on already strained relations between the two countries.

``We've stated repeatedly that this approach is entirely unacceptable,'' Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today in comments broadcast on state television. ``We will work to achieve a halt to this practice, because it's absolutely inconsistent with the way things are today.''

The U.S. government imposed sanctions on Russian, Chinese and Venezuelan companies for supplying what it said were materials used in making weapons of mass destruction to Iran, North Korea and Syria.

Companies including Russia's Rosoboronexport and the China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Corp. were barred from entering into contracts with the U.S. government, according to a document posted on the Web site of the U.S. Federal Register and dated yesterday.

``A determination has been made that 13 foreign persons have engaged in activities that warrant the imposition of measures pursuant to Section 3 of the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act,'' the U.S. government said in the statement.

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E.  Links of Interest

1.
Nuclear Security in Pakistan after Musharraf
Ken Luongo
WMD Insights
10/27/2008
(for personal use only)
http://www.wmdinsights.org/I27/I27_SA1_NucSecinPakistan.htm


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