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India-US Nuclear Cooperation Deal: It's baaaaack…

The supposedly dead US-India Nuclear Cooperation Deal resurrected itself during the first week of July. It had seemed all but certain that the deal would die in the Indian Parliament, due to the Communist Party's resistance to the agreement. However, Prime Minister Singh changed his strategy and instead courted the Samajwadi Party to support the deal, thus keeping his majority - and allowing the agreement to pass the Indian Parliament.

Iran update: number 121

Summary

  • Iran tests 9 missiles, including enhanced version of Shahab-3 MRBM
  • Article claims Bush administration authorized expanded covert operations in Iran
  • Threats over the Strait of Hormuz highlight latest rhetorical exchanges
  • Positive developments in Tehran's consideration of revised P5+1 offer
  • Dismissed agent alleges CIA cover-up of Iranian nuclear program
  • Accusations of attempts on Ahmadinejad's life in Italy and Iraq
  • British Special Forces claim evidence of Iranian assistance to Taliban militants

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Meeting with a delegation from the Defence Committee of the WEU Assembly - The European Security and Defence Assembly

On June 17, 2008, BASIC hosted a meeting with delegation members from the Defence Committee of the Assembly of the Western European Union - The European Security and Defence Assembly at the Washington, D.C. Home of Stewart R. Mott.

Below are the briefings delivered by Washington-based peace and security experts Ambassador James Leonard, John Isaacs, Shervin Boloorian, and Dr. Joanna Spear.

Getting to Zero Update

McCain supports GTZ: Nuclear disarmament now mainstream

Republican presidential candidate John McCain earlier today gave a landmark speech on the responsibility to engage more seriously in disarmament. Given the two Democrat frontrunners have already explicitly leant their weight to the vision, this is the clearest indication yet that nuclear disarmament has now achieved the mainstream - and it is now out of touch to oppose it.

Iran update: number 118

Summary

  • Iran to answer IAEA's questions following intelligence allegations
  • P5 + Germany met in London to discuss new incentives
  • Iranian proposal on ending nuclear deadlock being seriously considered by Russia
  • Inside Iran's Natanz nuclear plant
  • NATO and E.U. criticized says Iran's nuclear programme
  • Iranians vote in second stage of parliamentary elections

IAEA and Iranian officials are to meet again later this month to discuss the IAEA's intelligence evidence of Iran's past nuclear weapon programme.

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Iran update: number 117

Summary

  • IAEA seeks explanation of documents that show nuclear warhead design.
  • Diplomatic engagement with Iran: P5, Germany and the EU meet in Shanghai; IAEA encourages Iran to re-enter negotiations; Iran to extend a solution; the secret US- Iranian talks facilities by Thomas Pickering.

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France and getting to zero

On March 21, speaking at Cherbourg with the new French atomic submarine, Le Terrible, as a backdrop, President Nicolas Sarkozy announced a reduction in the number of nuclear warheads in France's arsenal to fewer than 300, half the maximum that France possessed during the Cold War. The announcement was coupled to broader statements about France's security in a global context, about the essential role of France's nuclear deterrent for its security, and about links of the deterrent to British and European security.

Iran update: number 116

Summary

  • Iran increases nuclear capacity in spite of sanctions
  • China gives IAEA intelligence about Iran's nuclear programme
  • Bush offers Iran a "way forward" - the mixed messages from US officials
  • Sarkozy says Iran is the type of threat the new French nuclear submarine is designer to counter.

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