The United States said yesterday that if Iran backs off recently made commitments to the International Atomic Energy Agency, it would appear that the Islamic republic has “something to hide” (see GSN, Nov. 3).
More than $2 billion in federal funds have been made available to states to better prepare state and local emergency personnel to respond to future terrorist attacks, the U.S. Homeland Security Department announced yesterday (see GSN, Sept. 29).
FBI Director Robert Mueller is scheduled to travel to Athens Thursday to inspect security planning for the 2004 Olympics amid concerns that Greece is unprepared to respond to a biological or chemical attack, according to the Associated Press (see GSN, Oct. 29).
The United States will not provide the International Atomic Energy Agency with a classified report from chief U.S. weapons inspector in Iraq David Kay on the search for evidence of alleged Iraqi WMD efforts, a senior Bush administration official said yesterday (see GSN, Nov. 3).
The United States and Russia are set to sign an agreement under which U.S. funding will be provided to help return spent nuclear fuel from research reactors in former Soviet republics and Eastern Europe to Russia, ITAR-Tass reported today (see GSN, Sept. 23).
Several World Health Organization officials have criticized U.S. plans to respond to possible bioterrorist attacks, saying that Washington is seeking domestic solutions to an international problem and is underfunding the international organization, the Washington Post reported today (see GSN, Oct. 23).
WASHINGTON — U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham yesterday called for increased international action to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons, saying the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty needed to be strengthened.
A state visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to Rome this week was expected to spur the completion of two agreements, one to cooperate on the destruction of Moscow’s chemical weapons stockpile and the second to scrap Russian nuclear submarines, ITAR-Tass reported Tuesday (see GSN, Oct. 21; ITAR-Tass, Nov. 4).
WASHINGTON — Russia and the United States today pledged to conclude a broad agreement governing their cooperation on the retrieval of highly enriched uranium (HEU) of Russian origin from Eastern European and former Soviet countries.
UNITED NATIONS — Threats of terrorism and the tensions between the advocates of nuclear disarmament versus proliferation helped shape the General Assembly’s disarmament committee debate, which ended its work for the year yesterday (see GSN, Nov. 4, 2002).
GENEVA — The United States has again found itself at odds with a number of friends and allies on how to strengthen international controls over biological weapons at an annual meeting here of the Biological Weapons Convention (see GSN, Aug. 13).