Antinuclear activists have strongly criticized a U.S. Energy Department plan to ship weapon-grade plutonium to France for conversion into mixed oxide (MOX) fuel assemblies, Energy Daily reported today (see GSN, Oct. 10).
In Tehran for a one-day meeting, the top international nuclear inspector said today that Iran has raised “apprehensions” about signing the Additional Protocol to its nuclear safeguards agreement, which would allow for more intrusive monitoring of Iran’s nuclear activities (see GSN, Oct. 15).
WASHINGTON — Two Senate Democrats yesterday called on the U.S. Justice Department to explain why the White House has yet to turn over all materials relevant to the department’s investigation into the leak of the identity of a CIA operative (see GSN, Oct. 10).
Experts have said that a sample of botulinum recently discovered in Iraq was purchased legally from a U.S. center in the 1980s and consisted of a material that has never been successfully weaponized, the Los Angeles Times reported today (see GSN, Oct. 16).
The head of U.S. forces in South Korea yesterday warned that North Korea has hundreds of missiles capable of hitting targets beyond South Korea, expanding the threat posed by Pyongyang’s nuclear program (see GSN, Oct. 14).
WASHINGTON — U.S. President George W. Bush yesterday reaffirmed his administration’s doctrine of pre-emptive military action against terrorist organizations and those states that support them, calling the war on terrorism a “new kind of war” (see GSN, Oct. 9).
The Philippine Army announced today that a biological terrorism manual and suspected biological agents had been recovered during a raid on a hideout used by the militant Islamic group Jemaah Islamiyah, according to the Straits Times (see GSN, Aug. 18).