Nuclear materials http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/30893/all en Questions and answers on N. Korea's nuclear programme http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/questions-and-answers-n-koreas-nuclear-programme <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>North Korea is expected to carry out its third nuclear test soon, despite numerous appeals and warnings to desist.</p> <p>Here are some questions and answers about the country's nuclear weapons programme, which has grown over the decades despite ever-tighter UN sanctions:</p> <p>Q. Is North Korea a nuclear weapons state?</p> <p>A. No, or at least not yet. It conducted nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009. Both were believed to be fairly crude plutonium devices with relatively low yields, and the 2006 test was widely seen as a dud.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/questions-and-answers-n-koreas-nuclear-programme" target="_blank">read more</a></p> North Korea Nuclear materials Nuclear technology Technology Weapons of mass destruction AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 02:15:43 +0000 5748387 at http://www.globalpost.com AFP Videographics http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/afp-videographics <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>We will send the following videographic:</p> <p>NUCLEAR WEAPONS</p> <p>Experts speculate that North Korea may soon carry out a third nuclear test in hope of trying out its uranium programme. Pyongyang's nuclear activities were historically based on plutonium, but in 2010 the regime disclosed to visiting US scientists it was operating a uranium enrichment plant. A successful test with highly enriched uranium would alarm North Korea's adversaries as it is much easier to conceal work with uranium than with plutonium.</p> <p>Text slug: Nkorea-nuclear-weapons</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/afp-videographics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nuclear materials Nuclear physics Nuclear technology Technology AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:46:05 +0000 5752541 at http://www.globalpost.com Namibia’s Roessing uranium mine to slash jobs http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130301/namibia-s-roessing-uranium-mine-slash-jobs <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Roessing uranium mine in Namibia, a unit of British mining giant Rio Tinto, said Friday it plans to cut 17 percent of its workforce due to slowing demand for nuclear fuel.</p> <p>The world's third largest producer of uranium oxide, Roessing said some 276 of 1,592 permanent jobs are to be cut.</p> <p>As with many other uranium producers, Roessing is buckling under low metal prices and reduced demand, the company’s managing director Chris Salisbury told reporters.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130301/namibia-s-roessing-uranium-mine-slash-jobs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Labor Mining Nuclear materials Nuclear technology Rio Tinto Roessing Uranium Limited AFP Fri, 01 Mar 2013 18:17:23 +0000 5771170 at http://www.globalpost.com No "smoking gun" from last month's North Korean nuclear test http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130312/no-smoking-gun-last-months-north-korean-nuclear-test <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* No radioactive traces detected a month after test</p> <p>* May be hard to determine what fissile material was used</p> <p>VIENNA, March 12 (Reuters) - A month after North Korea's nuclear test, a monitoring agency said on Tuesday it was highly unlikely to find any "smoking gun" radioactive traces from the blast, potentially leaving key questions about the device unresolved.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130312/no-smoking-gun-last-months-north-korean-nuclear-test" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nuclear materials Nuclear technology Nuclear weapons Thomson Reuters Tue, 12 Mar 2013 13:15:03 +0000 5780603 at http://www.globalpost.com Iran opens new uranium production facility http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130409/iran-opens-new-uranium-production-facility <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Iran, under international sanctions for its nuclear enrichment programme, on Tuesday launched a new uranium production facility and began operations in two uranium extraction mines, state media said.</p> <p>The two mines in the city of Saghand in central Iran operate 350 metres (1,150 feet) underground, and are within 120 kilometres (75 miles) of the yellowcake production facility in the city of Ardakan, in Yazd province, state television said.</p> <p>Yellowcake is the impure state of uranium oxide later used in enrichment facilities.</p> <p>mod/bpz/bpz</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> Chemistry Nuclear materials Nuclear technology AFP Tue, 09 Apr 2013 05:45:35 +0000 5806135 at http://www.globalpost.com Iran launches Yellowcake processing complex http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130409/iran-launches-yellowcake-processing-complex <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Iran inaugurated a big project of Yellowcake processing complex in the central province of Yazd on Tuesday.</p><P>In a ceremony broadcast live from Iran's state IRIB TV, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad opened Shahid Rezaeenejad Yellowcake complex in the city of Ardakan.</p><P>Yellowcake is a kind of uranium concentrate powder obtained from leach solutions, in an intermediate step in the processing of uranium ores.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130409/iran-launches-yellowcake-processing-complex" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chemistry Nuclear materials Nuclear technology Asianet Tue, 09 Apr 2013 18:35:23 +0000 Asianet 5808068 at http://www.globalpost.com Iran launches a new uranium production facility and begins operation in two extraction mines, state television says http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130411/iran-launches-new-uranium-production-facility-and-begins-operation-two- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Iran, under global sanctions for its controversial nuclear programme, on Tuesday launched a new uranium production facility and began operations in two extraction mines, state television said.</p><P>The mines at Saghand city, in central Iran, operate 350 metres (yards) underground and are within 120 kilometres (75 miles) of the new yellowcake production facility in the city of Ardakan, in Yazd province, the television said.</p><P>The report gave few details of the Ardakan facility but said it had an estimated 60 tonnes output of yellowcake, which is an impure state of uranium oxide later f</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130411/iran-launches-new-uranium-production-facility-and-begins-operation-two-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chemistry Nuclear materials Nuclear technology Asianet Thu, 11 Apr 2013 07:02:51 +0000 Asianet 5810185 at http://www.globalpost.com Iran announce two key nuclear-related projects that would expand country's ability to extract and process uranium http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130411/iran-announce-two-key-nuclear-related-projects-would-expand-countrys-ab <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Iran announced two key nuclear-related projects on Tuesday that expand the country's ability to extract and process uranium, which can be enriched for reactor fuel but also potentially for atomic weapons.</p><P>The development came just days after another round of talks with world powers seeking to limit Tehran's atomic program ended in a stalemate.</p><P>Iran already has uranium mines and the ability to turn the raw ore into a material called yellowcake, which is the first step in the enrichment chain.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130411/iran-announce-two-key-nuclear-related-projects-would-expand-countrys-ab" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Iran Nuclear materials Nuclear technology Technology Asianet Thu, 11 Apr 2013 07:03:28 +0000 Asianet 5810193 at http://www.globalpost.com Iran announces uranium mining after nuclear talks fail http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130411/iran-announces-uranium-mining-after-nuclear-talks-fail <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Iran said on Tuesday operations had begun at two uranium mines and a milling plant and that Western opposition would not slow its nuclear work, days after talks with world powers made no breakthrough, reported Reuters.</p><P>Iran opened the Saghand 1 and 2 mines in the central province of Yazd and the Shahid Rezaeinejad yellowcake plant in the town of Ardakan in the same region to mark the country's National Nuclear Technology Day, state news agency IRNA said.</p><P>Yellowcake can be further processed into enriched uranium to make fuel for nuclear power plants, Iran's stated aim, or to pro</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130411/iran-announces-uranium-mining-after-nuclear-talks-fail" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Nuclear materials Nuclear technology Asianet Thu, 11 Apr 2013 09:32:27 +0000 Asianet 5810589 at http://www.globalpost.com NKorea 'bark worse than bite' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130418/nkorea-bark-worse-bite <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>North Korea is incapable of carrying out most of its threats of recent weeks, a prominent US expert who has visited the country's nuclear facilities several times said Thursday.</p> <p>"The bark is much greater than the bite," Siegfried Hecker from Stanford University, who revealed in 2010 the existence of a uranium enrichment facility in North Korea, said in Vienna.</p> <p>"All of these things that they have threatened to do, most of them they cannot do," said Hecker, currently a visiting scientist at the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130418/nkorea-bark-worse-bite" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nuclear materials Nuclear physics Nuclear technology Siegfried Hecker Technology AFP Thu, 18 Apr 2013 16:00:55 +0000 5819435 at http://www.globalpost.com S. Korea, US extend nuclear pact http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130424/s-korea-us-extend-nuclear-pact-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>South Korea and the United States have agreed on a two-year extension to a civilian nuclear pact that Seoul wants amended to allow it to produce its own nuclear fuel, officials said Wednesday.</p> <p>The current pact, signed in 1974, had been due to expire next year. The extension was agreed to allow more negotiations on the heated topic of allowing the South to reprocess spent fuel rods.</p> <p>"The two sides reached a temporary agreement on extending the current accord by two years on the grounds that they need more time," Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho Tai-Young told reporters.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130424/s-korea-us-extend-nuclear-pact-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nuclear materials Nuclear physics Nuclear technology Politics Social Issues AFP Wed, 24 Apr 2013 20:16:02 +0000 5824502 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. arrests man from Sierra Leone in Iran uranium sting http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130822/us-arrests-man-sierra-leone-iran-uranium-sting <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MIAMI (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors charged a man from Sierra Leone with trying to sell undercover agents 1,000 tons of yellowcake uranium he thought would be shipped to Iran, after he was arrested in New York with a sample of the toxic material hidden in his luggage.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130822/us-arrests-man-sierra-leone-iran-uranium-sting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chemistry Nuclear materials Nuclear technology Technology Thomson Reuters Fri, 23 Aug 2013 02:33:31 +0000 5915797 at http://www.globalpost.com US says man arrested with uranium for Iran hidden in shoes http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130824/us-says-man-arrested-uranium-iran-hidden-shoes <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A man was arrested in New York City's international airport with uranium destined for Iran hidden in the soles of his shoes, the US Justice Department said.</p> <p>Patrick Campbell, 33, who was arrested Wednesday as he arrived at the John F Kennedy airport from Paris, is accused of trying to act as an intermediary to sell Iran 1,000 tons of purified uranium, in violation of US law.</p> <p>The Sierra Leone-based Campbell had been under surveillance since May 2012, when he responded to an ad on the site Alibaba.com by someone looking to buy uranium 308, or yellow cake.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130824/us-says-man-arrested-uranium-iran-hidden-shoes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Actinides Nuclear materials Teratogens AFP Sat, 24 Aug 2013 16:46:48 +0000 5916963 at http://www.globalpost.com Nagasaki mayor sends protest letter to Obama over plutonium test http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/131030/nagasaki-mayor-sends-protest-letter-obama-over-plutoni <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kyodo News International </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> The mayor of Nagasaki sent a letter of protest to U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday after the United States revealed it had conducted an experiment using a small amount of plutonium to examine the capabilities of its nuclear weapons between July and September.</p> <p> Mayor Tomihisa Taue and Hiroyuki Itasaka, chairman of the Nagasaki city assembly, said in the letter they cannot help but harbor doubts about the nuclear-free world proposed by Obama in Prague in 2009.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Copyright 2013 Kyodo News International.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/131030/nagasaki-mayor-sends-protest-letter-obama-over-plutoni" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Actinides Matter Nuclear materials Technology War Kyodo News International Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:23:08 +0000 5975003 at http://www.globalpost.com Iran commits to limit uranium, plutonium programs: U.S. http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131123/iran-commits-limit-uranium-plutonium-programs-us <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>GENEVA (Reuters) - Iran committed to halt the expansion of its uranium enrichment program and not to press ahead with its Arak reactor or related plutonium program, the United States said on Sunday describing a nuclear agreement between Tehran and major powers.</p> <p>Separately, European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said that the interim deal struck by Iran and six major powers would provide the time and space to try to reach a comprehensive solution to the decade-long nuclear standoff between Tehran and the West.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131123/iran-commits-limit-uranium-plutonium-programs-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Nuclear materials Nuclear physics Nuclear technology Thomson Reuters Sun, 24 Nov 2013 04:54:41 +0000 5998455 at http://www.globalpost.com