New UNSC resolution on nuclear disarmament: "enjoyment of the benefits of the NPT by a State Party can be assured only by its compliance with the obligations thereunder"

U.S. President Barack Obama presided over the UN Security Council meeting today that adopted Resolution 1887, which notes, among other things, that “enjoyment of the benefits of the NPT by a State Party can be assured only by its compliance with the obligations thereunder”. That is a nice, consensus phrase — and one directed speci...

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What (nearly) every woman wants

A good man, attentive, pledging to be faithful, respectful, who asks what she wants, and says he wants “to make our future strong” … Yes, but maybe also one who is not too unaware of his own self-absorption. This is the feeling after watching a truly wierd promotional music video prepared by Israel’s Rafael Armament [&hellip...

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Talks with Iran in Geneva

Some people actually expected a breakthrough. One reason was the presence of the “number three” ranking U.S. State Department official, William Burns — which the State Department spokespersons explained as “underscoring the U.S. commitment to diplomacy”, showing that the U.S. “is commited to finding a diplomatic ...

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A sensitive State Department official — notes North Korean sadness

An unusually-sensitive U.S. State Department official has noticed North Korean sadness. Yes. The North Koreans were sad at having to blow up a cooling tower to show that it was sincere about “disabling” its nuclear reactor at Yongbyon. That’s what you get for testing nuclear weapons after withdrawing from the Nuclear Non-Prolifera...

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Israel-Iran dialectic

From Haaretz on Saturday 21 June: (1) Oil prices jump after report of Israeli drill for Iran attack Iranian cleric: Israel to receive ‘slap in face’ if it strikes; IAEA chief ElBaradei: I will resign if Iran is attacked. … “Friday’s spike was not the first caused by tensions between Israel and Iran. Oil prices [&hellip...

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IAEA's ElBaradei says Iranians deny access and explanations missing

The text of IAEA Director-General Mohammed ElBaradei’s remarks to the Agency’s Board of Governors meeting in Vienna today, as released to journalists and reported by the Associated Press, also says that “Iran has not provided the agency with all the access to documents and to individuals requested … nor has Iran provided the...

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IAEA inspectors to visit Syrian site bombed by Israel last September

Since the 6 September Israeli airstrike, the Syrian government first razed the site, then built a new structure there. This, apparently, is considered suspicious. Today, the International Atomic Energy Agency announced that Syria has agreed to “allow in UN inspectors to probe allegations that the country was building a nuclear reactor at a re...

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Swimming against the tide

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board will be considering yet another resolution, on Monday, castigating Iran for questions about its past, present and future nuclear programs, as the Associated Press’s veteran writer in Vienna, George Jahn, reported in a dispatch filed earlier today. Jahn writes that the growing pressure is aim...

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