U.S. and Mexican Authorities Tracking Down Stolen Radioactive Materiel

Someone, or some group, in Mexico has stolen a truck transporting an undetermined amount of cobalt-60 used in medical procedures. Every time an incident such as this one happens somewhere in the Americas, it should make you think. I doubt, however, that there will be much media coverage or attention about it. According to the International …

Iran Nuclear Talks: The “Asks” and Punishment Must Fit the Threat

By Yleem Poblete Multilateral talks over Iran’s nuclear activities resume later this week. There is a flurry of speculation about what the P5+1 are prepared to offer but those genuinely interested in preventing a nuclear Iran should be more concerned with what negotiators are willing to accept from Tehran. Just a year ago, the P5+1 …

Don’t Even Trust, Just Verify

The seminal Reagan stance of “Trust but Verify” when dealing with our Cold War adversary, the Soviet Union, is a good starting point for evaluating the proposal floated by the Russian Federation for Bashar al-Assad to turnover his chemical weapons stockpile. But in the current context, we cannot “trust” any of the parties—not the Russian …

Cuban Regime Uses Brown Sugar to Hide Weapons in a North Korean Ship

The Cuban regime claims that the missile parts recently found hidden in crates of brown sugar on a North Korean ship belong to them. If we take the Cubans at their word, the missile and radar systems were shipped to North Korea for repairs. That is the Cuban version of events and they are sticking …

Latin American Nuclear Powers Ink Cooperation Deal

Our Latin America Nuclear Problem Does the title of this blog post seem a little odd sounding, “Latin American” Nuclear Powers? A close friend was somewhat shocked when I told him earlier this week that Brazil and Argentina are the two more advanced nuclear powers in the Western Hemisphere. Mexico operates several reactors as well, but …

Export Control Reform, Proliferation Concerns Raised

In today’s Washington Times, Bill Gertz penned an interesting item missing from the public debate on reforms to the export control system being implemented by the Obama Administration: According to congressional aides, the administration has prevented U.S. intelligence agencies from conducting comprehensive assessments of the security impact of the export decontrol plan. Prevented? In the …

Export Controls Voyeurism, Taiwan and Iran

Earlier today I was reading posts on Andrea Viski’s Nuclear Export Controls blog, and eventually found my way to item on another site related to Taiwan export control issues and Iran. There is a short story in today’s Tapei Times based on a recently-released WikiLeaks cable. The article, US worried over Taiwan’s exports to Iran, offers a …