AP: Turkey Holds Iran Shipment to Venezuela

The Associated Press reports that “Turkey was holding a suspicious shipment bound for Venezuela from Iran because it contained lab equipment capable of producing explosives, a customs official said Tuesday.” “Experts from Turkey’s Atomic Institute determined there were no traces of radioactive material, but said the equipment was enough to set up an explosives lab,” …

TSR: The uphill battle for export control reform

From a recent edition of The Space Review:  “One of the most persistent calls for change in space policy in the US in recent years has revolved around export control. Current law puts virtually most space hardware under the jurisdiction of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), an acronym that has become figuratively and …

While Off the U.S. Terrorist List, Key North Korea Sanctions Remain

The listing processes – be it for countries, entities, or individuals – should not be used a diplomatic political football.  North Korea has forever renounced terrorism just as much as the Cuban regime has renounced Communism or Iran interested in the use of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.  When you disregard the law and make these …

Brazil Wants to Build 50 Nuclear Power Plants, Nuclear Submarines, More?

Energy independence is a vital cornerstone of a nation’s economic security.   So, when Brazil’s Mines and Energy Minister Edison Lobao said recently that Brazil aspires to build an additional 50 to 60 nuclear power plants in the next fifty years, it should not raise any flags or be cause for concern, right?  Possibly. Non-proliferation is not an …