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July 21, 1991
I cannot help but call the attention of your readers to the implications of your editorial "A Way Out of the Nuclear-Power Jitters" (July 7). Might we be sending the wrong message to those Third World countries scrambling around the globe in search of nuclear weapons, if the U.S. Department of Energy picks a civilian reactor technology to produce tritium for nuclear warheads? Yet that is precisely the dangerous course you would have DOE follow in selecting the modular, high-temperature, gas-cooled technology for a new weapons reactor.
March 10, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
Three years ago--2:49 p.m. March 11, 2011, Tokyo time, or late on the night of March 10 in continental U.S. time zones--what may be history's worst, most enduring nuclear power plant disaster began in Japan. It's a baleful anniversary that bears object lessons for the entire nuclear power industry in the U.S. and around the world.  The Fukushima Daiichi power complex, largely destroyed by the earthquake that struck Japan at that hour and the two tsunami waves that followed starting about 40 minutes later, is almost certain never to operate again.
August 31, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Some nuclear technology ordered by Libya for its former weapons program is missing, and the origin of other material is unclear, the International Atomic Energy Agency said. The Vienna-based agency's statement in a confidential report raised concerns about where the equipment is and whether North Korea could have been a provider.
February 21, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
On March 18, 2011, an official from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission named Chuck Casto called together the NRC delegation on assignment with him in Tokyo. "We're in never-never land," he told them. Seven days earlier, a magnitude 9 earthquake had rattled a complex of six nuclear power plants known as Fukushima Daiichi, roughly 150 miles northeast of Tokyo. Then came nature's second, more devastating blow: a tsunami that swamped the complex, flooding its electrical generators and putting its three operating reactors out of commission.
February 20, 1985 | Associated Press
Vietnam has set up a nuclear technology center in Ho Chi Minh City to study how nuclear technology can help develop the national economy, Hanoi's Vietnam News Agency reported Tuesday. In a broadcast monitored in Tokyo, the agency said the center, under the direct guidance of the premier, will work in cooperation with the Dalat Nuclear Research Institute in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong and the Hanoi Nuclear Chemistry Center.
November 18, 1991 | Associated Press
Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani on Sunday condemned the United States for forcing other countries not to cooperate with Tehran on nuclear projects, Iran's Islamic Republic News Agency reported. "America has frankly and boldly announced that the Islamic Republic of Iran has no right to use nuclear technology even for non-military goals," Rafsanjani said. U.S. military officials have expressed concern about a "military axis" involving Iran, Pakistan and China.
March 15, 2004 | Paul Richter, Times Staff Writer
Mohamed ElBaradei, the chief U.N. nuclear inspector and a critic of U.S. claims about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, will meet with President Bush this week to discuss ways to tighten controls on nuclear technology and expertise. The meeting, requested by the White House, comes as the International Atomic Energy Agency, which is headed by ElBaradei, and nations worldwide search for the means to prevent advanced nuclear technology from being sold, as it was to Iran, Libya and North Korea.
November 20, 1986 | JACK SMITH
Reykjavik has made more poignant the search by Harold Willens for a word to describe what he sees as our suicidal dependence on nuclear technology. Willens suggested technophilia , which means an abnormal attraction toward technology, and I suggested bombfix , meaning a fixed idea that nuclear weapons will save us. Willens is wrong to take this short-sighted view of technology, according to W. Ward Nelson of Clovis.
January 20, 2004 | Douglas Frantz, Times Staff Writer
Two government ministers in the Netherlands acknowledged Monday that highly sensitive nuclear technology developed by a Dutch company may have been transferred to Libya and North Korea along with Iran and Pakistan. The disclosure in the Dutch parliament marked the first public confirmation of assertions that centrifuge technology for enriching uranium apparently found its way to Libya and North Korea. It was already known that Pakistan and Iran had the technology.
The White House is growing increasingly worried that Russia's political and economic crises will increase the flow of nuclear technology and know-how out of the former Soviet Union from a trickle to a flood. One of President Clinton's top foreign policy advisors said this week that there is a danger that the "leakage" of nuclear technology from Russia, which began with the breakup of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991, could become a "hemorrhage."
December 31, 2013 | By Matthew Bunn and Fred McGoldrick
The world is rightly worried about Iran's uranium enrichment program. Iran claims this technology is for producing fuel for nuclear power plants, but it could be quickly shifted to making nuclear bomb material. Unfortunately, some in Congress, in their eagerness to stem the spread of such technologies, have introduced legislation - separate from their effort to slap further sanctions on Iran - that probably would make stopping nuclear proliferation harder, not easier. Their idea is to limit future U.S. peaceful nuclear cooperation only to countries that make a legal commitment to forgo building facilities for either uranium enrichment or plutonium reprocessing (the other path to nuclear bomb material)
November 27, 2013 | Doyle McManus
If economic sanctions were key to forcing Iran to accept limits on its nuclear program, wouldn't more sanctions have an even greater effect? Critics of last week's interim nuclear deal with Tehran certainly think so. It didn't take long for them to denounce the agreement. "This is a bad deal - a very, very bad deal," said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "A surrender," agreed former presidential candidate Newt Gingrich - "the Munich of the Middle East. " In the view of the Obama administration as well as the naysayers, the effectiveness of sanctions brought Iran to the table.
December 11, 2012 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
SEOUL - Despite earlier reports of technical difficulties, North Korea launched a long-range rocket Wednesday, and initial reports indicated that in this fourth attempt since 1998, the regime in Pyongyang successfully deployed a satellite into orbit. If so, it would be a huge publicity coup for the new young leader, Kim Jong Un, and an embarrassment for rival South Korea, which has yet to establish a presence in space. The launch also caused some chagrin among intelligence analysts who were apparently misled by an announcement over the weekend that the missile launch would be delayed until later this month because of a technical glitch.
November 24, 2012 | By Carol J. Williams
A multi-front campaign to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon has been stalled for months by the distractions of a U.S. presidential campaign, Tehran's stop-and-go negotiating tactics and its role in deadly clashes in Syria and Gaza.  Now that President Obama has a fresh four-year mandate and Iran's influence with Middle East neighbors seems to be fading, Tehran is expected back at the negotiating table soon and, some observers believe, in a more constructive mood to resolve the nuclear standoff.
November 17, 2012 | By Ken Dilanian
Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON - When Susan Yip stood before a federal judge in San Antonio last month, she apologized tearfully for her role in smuggling American technology to Iran. Yip, a Taiwanese businesswoman, was sentenced Oct. 24 to two years in prison after pleading guilty to obtaining or trying to obtain more than $2.6 million worth of parts and materials that could be used in nuclear weapons, missile guidance systems and radio jammers. The scheme involved 599 transactions with 63 U.S. companies.
August 28, 2012 | Najmedin Meshkati and Guive Mirfendereski, Najmedin Meshkati is a professor of engineering at USC and was a senior science and engineering advisor in the Office of Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary of State (2009-10). Guive Mirfendereski, an international lawyer and lecturer in legal studies at Brandeis University, is the author of "A Diplomatic History of the Caspian Sea: Treaties, Diaries and Other Stories."
The 16th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran this week will draw dignitaries and representatives from more than 100 countries -- 35 heads of state, including Mohamed Morsi, the current chair of the movement and the first democratically elected president of Egypt, as well as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. For the next three years, Iran will serve as the chair of the movement, which was formed in 1961 to counterbalance the superpowers. In early August, Iran hosted a high-level meeting that included Russia on the crisis in Syria.
A summit between President Clinton and Russia's President Boris N. Yeltsin ended Wednesday with largely cosmetic concessions from the Russians and palpable disappointment on the U.S. side. Yeltsin agreed to drop a proposed sale by Moscow of uranium-enrichment equipment to Iran and to participate in discussions about the expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization into the nations of the former Soviet empire. But these concessions were the minimum hopes of U.S.
June 12, 2012 | By Jonathan E. Hillman
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. There's a party in the Asia Pacific, and the United States wants India to be its date. As U.S. foreign policy "pivots" away from the Middle East and Europe and toward Asia, U.S. officials are doing everything they can to cozy up to the nation that Mark Twain once called "the cradle of the human race. " America's courtship - a bipartisan effort - has included the great-power equivalent of sending flowers (civil nuclear technology underGeorge W. Bush)
May 8, 2012 | By Dan Turner
Provocative opinion pieces from newspapers around the globe: Michael Gerson in the Washington Post has an interesting take on President Obama's 2012 campaign, which is clearly devoid of the inspirational sparks he ignited in 2008. To Gerson, the "brand" of the Obama campaign is ruthlessness, the kind of class-based, divisive techniques that could be used by any liberal politician. That seems surprising and disappointing, coming from a guy who used to represent hope and change.
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