#AceNewsReport – May.24: Rouhani was speaking in the economic coordination headquarters, where the Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade gave a report on auto industry situation that showed a growth in the industry despite all the pressure from economic war by the US and the #coronavirus#pandemic impact.
Tehran, May 23, IRNA – President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that Iran would move on with the talks in Vienna until a final agreement is reached, noting that US maximum pressure proved to be ineffective given Iran’s production growth in different industrial sectors.
Emphasizing the triumph of the Iranian nation in the economic war, the President said that figures suggesting production growth in different industrial sectors present the best proof that the US maximum pressure policy has been ineffective.
This has caused Americans, according to Rouhani, to admit the failure of the policy and explicitly declare their readiness to lift sanctions in the ongoing talks in Vienna.
Iran will continue the talks until a final agreement, the President asserted.
He further said that the auto industry that has managed to resist and increase its production in the harshest situation can experience better environment if sanctions are removed, adding that the administration support the industry and improve its competitive capacity.
#AceNewsReport – May.01: At least 30 plutonium pits per year will be built to “meet national security needs,” the NNSA said in a statement on Wednesday.
US agency in charge of nukes approves multibillion-dollar project as Washington urges Iran to curtail its own nuclear program: The US has approved a multibillion-dollar project to beef up its plutonium production at the same time Washington is calling on Iran to return to an international agreement designed to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear bombs.
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The project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, will cost an estimated $2.7–$3.9 billion and could be finished between 2027 and 2028, the agency said.
Plutonium pits are bowling-ball-sized plutonium shells, and a crucial component in nuclear warheads.
At the same time as it hatches plans to bolster America’s own stockpile, the Biden administration has repeatedly called on Iran to restrict its nuclear program and return to the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal.
Indirect US-Iranian talks to revive the accord – officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – have been taking place in Vienna over the last three weeks.
Under the deal, Iran originally agreed to curbs on its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.But in 2018 Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump pulled the US out of the agreement and reverted to imposing crippling sanctions on Iran.
Biden has said he wants the US to re-join the JCPOA – but first wants Iran to make concessions by cutting back on the amount, and purity, of uranium it produces and stores.
Tehran has said it will not alter its approach until Washington lifts sanctions.
On Thursday Mikhail Ulyanov, the Russian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, who is one of the mediators at the negotiations, briefed the US Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley on the talks.
“We had a detailed and very useful discussion on major topics which are under consideration in the course of on-going talks in Vienna on full restoration of the #JCPOA,” Ulyanov said in a statement on Twitter.
On Saturday, Iranian television published a picture of the person involved in the attack on the Natanz nuclear facility, indicating that Karimi was an Iranian citizen, and that he was 43 years old.
On Monday, a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Saeed Khatibzadeh, said that his country would respond to Israel at the appropriate time and place to the Natanz attack, indicating that the incident would have led to a disaster and a crime against humanity if it led to radioactive contamination.
The Israeli public radio reported, citing intelligence sources, as saying that the Mossad behind the Natanz incident.
A spokesman for the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, Behrouz Kamalondi, confirmed that the electricity distribution network at the Natanz facility had had an incident, while the head of the organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, said that the incident was an act of sabotage, describing it as “a heinous move and condemned nuclear terrorism.”
In the wake of the Natanz attack, Iran announced that it would raise the level of uranium enrichment to 60%, and the Atomic Energy Organization confirmed that this would start last Friday.
#AceNewsReport – Apr.13: Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the United States are trying to develop a new method of altering the trajectories of asteroids that might threaten Earth, CBS affiliate KTVT reports:
‘US Scientists Consider Using Nuclear Explosions to Protect Earth From Asteroids, according to the media outlet, the researchers have joined forces with “an Air Force team of technologists” and, as team member Lansing Horan IV has explained, set their sights on neutron radiation produced by a nuclear detonation to achieve their goal’
Different neutron energies enhance asteroid deflection
Scientists compared the resulting asteroid deflection from two different neutron energy sources, representative of fission and fusion neutrons, allowing for side-by-side comparisons. The goal was to understand which neutron energies released from a nuclear explosion are better for deflecting an asteroid and why, potentially paving the way for optimized deflection performance.
The work is featured in Acta Astronautica and was led by Lansing Horan IV, as part of a collaboration with LLNL’s Planetary Defense and Weapon Output groups during his nuclear engineering master’s program at AFIT. Co-authors from LLNL include Megan Bruck Syal and Joseph Wasem from LLNL’s Weapons and Complex Integration Principal Directorate, and the co-authors from AFIT include Darren Holland and Maj. James Bevins.
Horan said the research team focused on the neutron radiation from a nuclear detonation since neutrons can be more penetrative than X-rays.
“This means that a neutron yield can potentially heat greater amounts of asteroid surface material, and therefore be more effective for deflecting asteroids than an X-ray yield,” he said.
Neutrons of different energies can interact with the same material through different interaction mechanisms. By changing the distribution and intensity of the deposited energy, the resulting asteroid deflection also can be affected.
The research shows that the energy deposition profiles — which map the spatial locations at and beneath the asteroid’s curved surface, where energy is deposited in varying distributions — can be quite different between the two neutron energies that were compared in this work. When the deposited energy is distributed differently in the asteroid, this means that the melted/vaporized blow-off debris can change in amount and speed, which is what ultimately determines the asteroid’s resulting velocity change.
Noting that neutrons can be more penetrative than X-rays, Horan explained that “this means that a neutron yield can potentially heat greater amounts of asteroid surface material, and therefore be more effective for deflecting asteroids than an X-ray yield.”
The two basic options of dealing with an incoming asteroid, Horan said, are disruption – which essentially means supplying enough energy to shatter an asteroid into numerous fragments – and deflection – altering an asteroid’s course with a discharge of energy.
While disruption “would likely be considered if the warning time before an asteroid impact is short and/or the asteroid is relatively small,” he added, deflection “might generally be preferred as the safer and more ‘elegant’ option, if we have sufficient warning time to enact this sort of response.”
“One ultimate goal would be to determine the optimal neutron energy spectrum, the spread of neutron energy outputs that deposit their energies in the most ideal way to maximise the resulting velocity change or deflection,” he said.
The researcher further stressed the importance of studying and understanding “all asteroid mitigation technologies in order to maximise the tools in our toolkit,” arguing that, in some scenarios, the use of a nuclear device “would come with several advantages over non-nuclear alternatives.”
“In fact, if the warning time is short and/or the incident asteroid is large, a nuclear explosive might be our only practical option for deflection and/or disruption,” he remarked.
#AceWorldNews – Republicans are flexing their muscles and threatening to block President Obama from cutting a nuclear deal with Iran on his own terms.
International negotiators have until Nov. 24 under an interim agreement to reach a deal with Tehran that would curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, or seek another extension of talks.
#AceNewsServices – IRAN (Tehran) – At least two former Iranian nuclear negotiators joined with Holocaust deniers, 9/11 truthers, and anti-Semites from across the globe this week in Tehran for Iran’s second annual New Horizons conference, an anti-American hate fest that U.S. lawmakers say highlights the country’s dangerous duplicity.
Among those in attendance at the conference—which the U.S. State Department admitted it was not even aware of—were notorious Holocaust deniers, American anti-Israel activists, and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s closest adviser.
They were joined by two of Iran’s former nuclear negotiators, Saeed Jalili and Ali Asghar Soltanieh, both of whom were once responsible for inking a deal with the West over Tehran’s contested nuclear program.
The presence Jalili and Soltanieh triggered concern on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers warned that this is another sign that Tehran cannot be trusted to deal honestly in ongoing nuclear talks, which have been extended through November.
As the Obama administration continues to provide billions of dollars in sanctions relief to Tehran in a bid to foster a final nuclear deal, some in Congress say that the White House is letting itself be fooled into backing a bad deal with Iran.
“The so-called ‘New Horizon’ conference in Tehran proves why the current Iranian regime under President Hassan Rouhani is, at its core, no less extremist and dangerous than the regime under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,” Sen. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) said in a statement.
#AceNewsServices – BRITAIN – October 05 – A British nuclear weapons maker has been issued official warnings by two state watchdogs for flouting safety regulations regarding the disposal of hazardous radioactive material.
The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) has been issued official warnings by two state watchdogs for flouting safety regulations. (Reuters/Phil Noble)
A private firm that runs Trident nuclear facilities for Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been heavily criticized by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and the Environment Agency (EA) for inadequate management of hazardous waste.
English: Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The consortium in question, known as the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), produces nuclear weapons for the MoD and has bases at Aldermaston and Berkshire.
Following its failure to ensure key staff positions were filled in order to monitor vital waste disposal practices, the AWE was sent an official warning by the Environment Agency, the Guardian revealed on Friday.
The compliance issue was detected by the EA following a site audit. The vacant positions included specially appointed waste officials, radioactive specialists, and a top executive responsible for environmental issues.
The AWE claimed security procedures, which entail intensive vetting of potential employees, created delays in their recruitment processes. But the EA argues the AWE has contravened regulations implemented in 2012 to ensure an adequate amount of skilled employees are available to oversee the safe disposal of radioactive waste.
“Operators are expected to comply with their permit conditions at all times,” an EA spokesman told RT on Friday. “Following a site audit we found that AWE Aldermaston was not fully complying with all their permit conditions.”
Following the EA’s warning, however, the AWE insisted its staffing arrangement is constantly reviewed, and its radioactive waste disposal methods are “robust.”
“At the time of the EA inspection candidates were identified to fill the posts, but the security requirements have led to recruitment delays. In the interim, existing staff are covering the roles,” the firm told the Guardian.
The AWE has also come under fire from the government-funded Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) over an ongoing failure to meet the body’s basic requirements.
A picture shows the Trident Nuclear Submarine, HMS Victorious, on patrol off the west coast of Scotland on April 4, 2013. (AFP Photo/Andy Buchanan)
In 2007, the firm pledged to repackage and downsize its waste by 2014, but failed to honor its commitment. As a result, the ONR is currently considering legal action against the AWE, particularly with respect to the company’s failure to make 1,000 containers of radioactive waste safe.
“ONR is continuing to investigate AWE’s failure to meet the requirements of the license instrument, in accordance with our normal processes,” an ONR spokesman told the Guardian. He added that the ONR will “consider enforcement action in accordance with our enforcement policy when all investigations are completed.”
Reflecting on the threat of legal action, the AWE said it was working with the ONR to solve the matter.
But the company, responsible for the production of military wares regularly utilized by the MoD, stressed that the ONR was content with its waste storage practices in the short term.
The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament’s (CND) general secretary, Kate Hudson, described the AWE’s breeches of safety obligations as “outrageous.”
“Not filling key posts which are essential to ensure hazardous waste is dealt with properly is unacceptable,” she told RT on Friday.
#AceWorldNews says Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Monday he is not against a resumption of nuclear negotiations with the world’s major powers, but warned the talks will lead nowhere.
“Some of the officials of the previous government as well as the officials of this government think the problem will be resolved if they negotiate the nuclear issue,
” AFP quoted him as saying. “I repeat it again that I am not optimistic about the negotiations and they will lead nowhere, but I am not against them,” he said in remarks published on his website.
#AceWorldNews says that the US Department of Energy is monitoring for a “possible radiological event” at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico’s nuclear waste repository. Officials have been called in after an air monitor detected radiation in the facility’s underground levels late Friday night, when no employees were on shift.
Workers on the surface have been sheltered in place as a precaution.
So far, the probe has not revealed any contaminated persons.
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant is a depository of plutonium-contaminated waste taken from a number of federal nuclear projects including Los Alamos National Laboratory.
It is the US’s only deep geological nuclear waste repository.
#AceBreakingNews says an earthquake measuring 5.1 has struck 34 kilometres off the coast of Namie city in Fukushima prefecture, according to the United States Geological Survey.
The quake occurred at 2:18 am local time on Saturday at a depth of 63 kilometres Fukushima prefecture was the site of a disastrous earthquake and Tsunami in 2011 which led to a nuclear disaster, causing wide scale damage and thousands of deaths.
No Tsunami warning has been issued in this instance.
#AceWorldNews says Over 60 percent of the Japanese are against restarting reactors at nuclear power plants across the country, according to a poll conducted by the local Kyodo news agency.
At the same time, the approval rating of the current cabinet, headed by PM Shinzo Abe, in comparison with last year, has slightly increased to more than 55 percent. Abe’s government considers nuclear energy necessary for the country.
Anti-nuclear sentiments are quiet strong in Japan. After the nuclear disaster in 2011 at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan urgently halted work at nuclear power plants across the country.
#AceWorldNews says North Korea will take decisive defensive countermeasures in case of a provocation by the US and South Korea, reports the DPRK’s official newspaper Rodong Sunmun. The paper denounced the upcoming American-South-Korean join drills, Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, as “a rehearsal” of a nuclear strike against the DPRK, cited Itar-Tass. The US-Korean annual drills always cause anger in the North, with Pyongyang seeing the drills as threat to its security and preparation for invasion. Washington and Seoul and Washington maintain though that exercises are a routine and strictly defensive event.
#AceWorldNews says a team of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) arrived in Tehran to facilitate implementation towards the landmark deal reached between Iran and the six world powers regarding the country’s uranium enrichment program, Reuters reports, citing the semi-official Fars news agency. The IAEA team, led by nuclear engineer Massimo Aparo, will visit the Natanz and Fordow nuclear facilities to ensure that Iran will stop enriching uranium to 20 percent and that its stockpile of enriched uranium is diluted. Under the terms of the agreement with the P5+1 – the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany – Iran will curtail its nuclear program in return from relief from international sanctions. The team is expected to start reporting back to the IAEA on Monday regarding its progress.
#AceWorldNews says The UN nuclear agency said Friday it would cost it about 6 million euro ($8.2 million) to verify the implementation of a landmark nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers. A confidential report to member states, obtained by Reuters, said that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) needed extra money from member states to pay for most of it. The IAEA will play a pivotal role in checking that Iran lives up to its commitment to curb disputed nuclear work, in exchange for easing international sanctions.
#AceWorldNews says Russian President Vladimir Putin says the implementation of the Geneva nuclear deal between Tehran and the six world powers will guarantee Iran’s right to use peaceful nuclear technology.
Speaking during a ceremony held to receive credentials of a number of foreign envoys including new Iranian Ambassador to Moscow Mehdi Sanaee on Thursday, the Russian president said the nuclear accord, which was inked between Iran and the Sextet of world powers – Russia, China, Britain, the US, France and Germany – on November 24 last year, should not remain only on paper.
#AceWorldNews says UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, said Tuesday that a planned meeting with Iran next week had been postponed to February 8, without giving a reason, Reuters reported. The IAEA wants Iran to address allegations that it has researched how to develop nuclear bombs. Tehran says the nuclear program is entirely peaceful. In November, Iran and the IAEA agreed a cooperation pact, and six initial steps include access to two nuclear-related facilities and the provision of information.