Should the U.S. Encourage RoK and Japan to Make Plutonium Based Nuclear Fuels?

Next month, Secretary of State Kerry will visit South Korea and Japan.  High on the list of topics to be discussed in Seoul will be how to proceed with the renewal of the U.S.-RoK agreement on civilian nuclear cooperation, which will expire early in 2014. Currently, negotiations have bogged down over Seoul’s request that the U.S. permit it to chemically process U.S. nuclear fuel assemblies that already have been used in South Korean reactors to make new, plutonium-based nuclear fuels. What should U.S. policy toward South Korea and Japanese nuclear recycling ambitions be?  Should the U.S. treat South Korea as it does its other close East Asian security ally, Japan, and allow it to recycle U.S. origin spent fuel?

On Thursday, April 4, 2013, The Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NPEC) will host a lunch seminar on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, addressing these questions. Speakers include Dr. Frank Von Hippel, Professor of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and Mr. William Tobey, Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.

For more information on the event or to RSVP, visit the event page on the NPEC website.

Call for Applications: Pacific Young Leaders on Disarmament Project

The Conference on Disarmament (CD) was established in 1979 as the international community’s single multilateral disarmament negotiating forum. The CD and its predecessors have negotiated a number of major multilateral arms control and disarmament agreements, including the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. However, in recent years, the CD has been unable to make progress against its own schedule as a great debate over what to prioritize – counter-proliferation or disarmament – has divided its 65 members. This has led to new efforts to revitalize the CD so that it can move forward with its disarmament agenda.

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FAS Roundup: March 25, 2013

U.S. Navy retires Tomahawk cruise missile, missile defense developments and much more.

From the Blogs

U.S. Navy Instruction Confirms Retirement of  Nuclear Tomahawk Cruise Missile: Hans Kristensen writes that although the U.S. Navy has yet to make a formal announcement that the nuclear Tomahawk land-attack cruise missile (TLAM/N) has been retired, a new updated navy instruction shows that the weapon is gone. The retirement of the TLAM/N completes a 25-year process of eliminating all non-strategic naval nuclear weapons from the U.S. Navy’s arsenal.

NASA Technical Reports Database Goes Dark: This week NASA abruptly took the massive NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) offline. Steven Aftergood writes that  though no explanation for the removal was offered, it appeared to be in response to concerns that export controlled information was contained in the collection.

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FAS Joins Emerging Threats Working Group

Appointment provides a unique opportunity for FAS to collaborate with NATO and other Euro-Atlantic states to better address the emerging security threats arising from science and technology breakthroughs.

The rapid pace of scientific discovery and technological innovation demands the redoubling of efforts by scientists, policymakers, non-governmental experts, and the business community to adapt to the security implications. That is why FAS is pleased to announce that Michael Edward Walsh, the Adjunct Fellow for Emerging Technologies and High-end Threats at the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), was recently named to the Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutes (PfPC) Working Group on Emerging Security Challenges. Continue reading

CNN Publishes Map Based on FAS Research


FAS supplied the data for a new interactive web site published by CNN. The site enables you to get a quick overlook of the nuclear arsenals of the world’s nine nuclear weapon states. Check it out here.

Update (April 17, 2013): CNN told me that the site had just under 2 million page views, with average time spent of well over 3 minutes per visit. “That’s really good,” they said.