February 8, 2008 |
Iran is testing an advanced centrifuge designed to more swiftly produce enriched uranium in defiance of Security Council resolutions ordering it to stop, diplomats confirmed Thursday. The centrifuges are still in the early testing stages, and are not being used to enrich nuclear material, said diplomats familiar with information from the International Atomic Energy Agency.
May 29, 2004 |
International inspectors said in a confidential report Friday that they had discovered traces of uranium suitable for nuclear weapons in Libya that were similar to contamination found last year in Iran. The International Atomic Energy Agency said in the report that small particles of weapons-grade uranium were found on components for centrifuges, which are used to enrich uranium for nuclear reactors or bombs.
January 15, 2005
Re "Just Another General," editorial, Jan. 9: It is about time that a newspaper has finally taken a stand against Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's illegitimate regime. A man who has come to power through a military coup and then spuriously justified his presidency by rigging two elections is no friend of democracy. I find it ironic that Washington invades countries and spends billions of dollars just to "spread democracy," yet overlooks Pakistan's dictatorship. I agree 100% with your profound statement that "the best thing for Pakistan now would be for him to let the [Pakistan People's Party]
December 23, 2003 |
Pakistani authorities said Monday that they were questioning Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan's atomic bomb, about possible links between the nuclear programs in their country and Iran. The interrogation comes after diplomats said last month that the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna was investigating information provided by Iran that linked some Pakistanis to Tehran's nuclear program.
February 17, 2005 |
If North Korea has, in fact, assembled an arsenal of six or eight nuclear weapons, so what? Well, for one thing, North Korea's forced entry into the nuclear club is likely to trigger a "cascade" of nuclear proliferation -- as the U.N. High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change termed it -- in Northeast Asia. To be sure, in the weeks ahead, Japan and South Korea will publicly reaffirm their nonnuclear status, but privately, officials there are almost certainly discussing their options.
May 24, 2004 |
As they race to dismantle a global black market in nuclear weapons components, U.S. authorities are focusing on an unusual case: an Orthodox Jew from Israel accused of trying to sell nuclear weapons parts to a business associate in Islamic Pakistan. Asher Karni, 50, currently a resident of South Africa, was arrested at Denver's international airport as he arrived with his wife and daughter for a New Year's ski vacation.
May 26, 2005 |
The International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that Pakistan turned over uranium enrichment components Wednesday that could help solve one of the biggest mysteries in the inquiry on Iran's disputed nuclear program. Centrifuge components and uranium samples were flown from Pakistan to Vienna and handed over to the IAEA at its main laboratory, where they will be compared with suspicious traces of enriched uranium discovered in 2003 in Iran.
May 30, 2004
During the Cold War, the United States, under the Atoms for Peace program, and the Soviet Union actively exported nuclear materials abroad to friendly countries. The justification was that they were helping to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy. Now the U.S. and Russia are reviving efforts to retrieve uranium before it ends up in a terrorist dirty bomb detonated in a major city.
January 9, 2005
On Sept. 11, 2001, the main protector of the Taliban -- and Al Qaeda -- outside Afghanistan was the government of next-door Pakistan. But by the next day, President Pervez Musharraf had responded to Washington's "with us or against us" ultimatum by throwing in with the United States. Sort of. Musharraf then had been running Pakistan for two years, having seized power in a coup.
March 2, 2007
HERE WE GO AGAIN. Or do we? In 2002, the U.S. accused North Korea of having a secret program to enrich uranium for nuclear bombs. Alleging that the North had cheated on a deal agreed to eight years earlier, Washington cut off heavy fuel oil shipments. In response, Pyongyang accused the Bush administration of reneging on the deal, fired up its mothballed plutonium plant and, last fall, detonated an atomic bomb. Only now are U.S.