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U.N. Won’t Back Down on Iran Nuclear Inspections

The U.N. nuclear agency will not back off its demand to visit the Parchin military site even if this escalates the confrontation with Iran over its alleged nuclear-weapons work, the agency’s head Yukiya Amano told Newsweek/The Daily Beast in an exclusive interview.

Japan at a Nuclear Crossroads

One year after the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster that rocked Japan on March 11, 2011, the country looks to be once again back on track as a longtime supporter of nuclear power. Backed by Japan's mighty power companies, the government seems eager to restart the dozens of nuclear reactors across the country that it has kept shuttered in the wake of the crisis.

Japan Earthquake Anniversary

 

It has been one year since the Great East Japan Earthquake. Much of the commentary in the run up to the anniversary of this grim event has been devoted to the failings of the Fukushima nuclear power plant and, in the English language media, to a reassessment of how individual political leaders, particularly then-Prime Minister Naoto Kan, responded to this disaster.

Latin American Program in the News: Menendez warns of Iran’s outreach to Latin America

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“There is a track record,” agreed the panel’s first witness, Cynthia Arnson, referring to the embassy and AMIA bomb attacks.

Arnson is director of the Latin American program at the Woodrow Wilson Center, a Washington, DC, think tank.

Noting “this is a political year in the United States,” Arnson said, “It is easy to see how hot-button issues such as Iran and its intentions in the Middle East and Latin America can become the subject of heated debate and partisan contention.”

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Iran's Offer to Talk About Its Nuclear Program Eases Tension For Now

Iran showed this week that it has a policy every bit as dual track as the one the United States is pursuing against it. In a dramatic gesture, Iran stepped away from warnings of military retaliation to offer talks on a nuclear program Washington fears could lead to the bomb for the Islamic Republic. It was a neat mirror image of the U.S.

'Iran’s Influence and Activity in Latin America': Cynthia Arnson Testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Global Narcotics Affairs

Testimony by Cynthia J. Arnson
Director, Latin American Program
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Global Narcotics Affairs

“Iran’s Influence and Activity in Latin America”

February 16, 2012

Mr. Chairman and Members of the Subcommittee:

NPIHP Releases 20 Documents on the South African Nuclear Program

The Nuclear Proliferation International History Project is pleased to announce the release of 20 documents on South African nuclear history compiled by Monash University South Africa Senior Lecturer and chair of International Studies and former Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Anna-Mart van Wyk.

'Noose Tightening' Around Iranian Government as European Union Boycott Iranian Oil

Embargoes on Iranian oil exports are having the desired effect, but military options should still remain on the table to deter Tehran from pursuing a nuclear weapon, Jane Harman, director, president, and CEO of The Wilson Center told FoxNews on Tuesday. “The escalating rhetoric from Iran is proof that the sanctions are biting,” Harman said, noting a recent European Union boycott of Iranian oil. “All of this means that the noose is tightening around the Iranian government.” Harman stressed sanctions are aimed at dissuading Tehran from pursuing a nuclear weapon.

NPIHP News 12 January 2012

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