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Getting to Zero Update

In the run up to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference (3-28 May), there have been a number of critical developments. Russia and the United States have signed the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, the Obama Administration just released its Nuclear Posture Review, and Washington is about to host one of its largest summits ever, on nuclear security. BASIC has been following all of these developments (see below) and will continue coverage as their impact unfolds. 

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Russia hails agreement on nuclear arms treaty

”If you look at the actual treaty, they are not going to be cutting up weapons. They are just not going to be deployed. It is quite a modest treaty. It is important in what it says about US-Russian relations. It is a signal of the tangible improvement.”

BASIC Program Director Anne Penketh quoted in The Sydney Morning Herald.

Read more: 

http://www.smh.com.au/world/russia-hails-agreement-on-nuclear-arms-treaty-20100325-r005.html


Iran update: number 122

Summary

  • Possibility of the United States opening an interests section in Iran
  • Latest round of P5+1-Iran talks produces few results, despite US presence
  • Iran and the United States continue military exercises and aggressive posturing
  • Skepticism regarding Iranian claims of missile testing success
  • Russia may try Uzbek man for attempting to smuggle WMD components to Iran

There have been some notable changes in the Bush administration's approach towards Iran since the release of BASIC's last Iran Update.

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Iran update: number 120

Summary

  • Solana delivers revised P5+1 incentives package to Tehran - Iran will consider it
  • Bush pushes European allies for further sanctions
  • Obama offers security guarantee to Israel vis-ネ-vis Iran
  • Growing segments of Israeli political class support Iran strike

Prior to the media announcement from Gordon Brown of deeper sanctions, Javier Solana, High Representative for the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), traveled to Tehran on June 13th for ta

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