Iran will notify the International Atomic Energy Agency in “a matter of days” to announce its decision to sign the Additional Protocol to its IAEA safeguards agreement, which would allow the agency to monitor Iran’s nuclear activities in more detail, Agence France-Presse reported today (see GSN, Oct. 27).
WASHINGTON — Differences in U.S. policy toward Iran and Iraq stem from the Bush administration’s assessment that Iran’s suspected nuclear weapon development is a less urgent matter than alleged Iraqi WMD efforts were, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage told senators here yesterday.
The Greek newspaper To Vima has reported that a confidential U.S. State Department assessment found that Greece was unprepared to handle the mass casualties that could result from a potential biological or chemical attack on the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, the Associated press reported today (see GSN, Sept. 29).
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has set a deadline of noon tomorrow for the CIA to provide documents and interviews sought by the committee for its inquiry into U.S. prewar intelligence on Iraq, according to the New York Times (see GSN, Oct. 29).
The head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which oversees the Chemical Weapons Convention, yesterday said treaty parties were not acting quickly enough to enact legislation to implement the treaty and prevent chemical weapons proliferation (see GSN, Oct. 27).
A report prepared by the U.S. Homeland Security Department’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says that a WMD-response exercise held six months ago demonstrated a lack of information-sharing and uncertainties as to chains of command among U.S. agencies, the Wall Street Journal reported (see GSN, Oct. 21.).
A U.S. Missile Defense Agency spokesman has said that the next intercept test in the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system is set to be conducted by the middle of next year, instead of by the end of 2003 as had once been planned, Defense Daily reported today (see GSN, Oct. 8).
WASHINGTON — The United States cannot destroy all of its chemical weapons until at least 2008 and possibly as late as 2016, according to legislators and defense officials who spoke at a congressional hearing yesterday. The estimates mean that Washington will certainly miss the 2007 deadline set by the Chemical Weapons Convention to destroy the entire U.S. stockpile (see ...
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the top official in Iran, has said that Tehran would not cooperate with U.N. nuclear inspectors if the nation were faced with heightened international pressure or “excessive demands,” the Associated Press reported yesterday (see GSN, Oct. 31).
An analysis of historical smallpox outbreaks suggests that the disease is less contagious than many public health planners fear and is an improbable tool for terrorists, a Scottish university researcher concluded in a recent paper (see GSN, Oct. 28).