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‘We are worried’: Indonesia and Malaysia express concern over Australia’s nuclear submarine plan

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Malaysia and Indonesia share strong reservations over Australia’s decision to acquire nuclear-powered submarines, even though nuclear weapons were not part of the plan, Malaysia’s foreign minister said. Referring to A...

Hawks on all sides ready to swoop if Iran drags feet on nuclear talks

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Coordinated warnings last week from the US, Israel and the EU that “time is short” to revive an agreement curbing Iran’s nuclear activities raise a disturbing question: what will opposing governments do if, as seems l...

UK poised to confirm funding for mini nuclear reactors for carbon-free energy

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The government is poised to approve funding for a fleet of Rolls-Royce mini nuclear reactors that the prime minister hopes will help the UK reach his target of zero-carbon electricity by 2035. A consortium led by the ...

US and Israel exploring ‘plan B’ for if Iran does not resume nuclear talks

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The United States and Israel have warned that they are exploring a “plan B” for dealing with Iran if Tehran does not return in good faith to negotiations to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal. With talks to revive the deal...

US navy engineer charged with trying so sell nuclear submarine secrets

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A US navy nuclear engineer with access to military secrets has been charged with trying to pass information about the design of American nuclear-powered submarines to someone he thought was a representative of a forei...

Pakistani nuclear weapons scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan dies aged 85

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Abdul Qadeer Khan, considered to be the father of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programme and later accused of smuggling technology to Iran, North Korea and Libya, has died aged 85. The atomic scientist, who spent the la...

Experts warn Joe Biden supplying nuclear submarines to Australia threatens US security

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There is growing pressure on the new Aukus partners to scrap plans to use weapons-grade uranium on submarines. A group of former US officials and experts has written to the US president, Joe Biden, warning the deal co...

Surging gas prices and fuel bills focus Tory minds on the nuclear option

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Among the subjects preoccupying delegates at the Conservative party conference in Manchester on Monday, energy will be near the top of the list. Soaring global gas prices, a lack of windpower and surging household bil...

The nuclear option: why has Australia ditched the French submarine plan for the Aukus pact?

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Just two weeks before France complained of being “stabbed in the back”, two senior French ministers met with their Australian counterparts, Marise Payne and Peter Dutton, for what was meant to be a sign of ever-streng...

Australia considered buying nuclear submarines from France before ditching deal, Peter Dutton says

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Australia considered buying nuclear-powered submarines from France, which could have saved money and avoided France’s rage at the existing $90bn project being scrapped. This week the federal government announced its d...

Iran nuclear talks to resume as IAEA head returns to Tehran

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Iran says that the head of the International Atomic Energy Organisation (IAEA) is due to arrive in the country for talks with Iranian officials. Kazem Gharibabadi, Iran’s envoy to the IAEA, said in a tweet that Rafael...

Radioactive snakes help scientists monitor fallout from Fukushima nuclear disaster

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Researchers have used snakes fitted with tracking devices and dosimeters to measure radiation levels in the area around the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Plant, which suffered triple meltdowns in March 2011. The meltdown...

Nuclear energy is key in fight for climate

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The letter on nuclear energy (25 August) sadly could not be more wrong – nuclear is one of the cleanest fuels we have, and has always been so. The carbon and material footprints of nuclear – for its entire lifetime, i...

UN atomic watchdog says North Korea appears to have restarted nuclear reactor

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North Korea appears to have restarted a nuclear reactor that is widely believed to have produced plutonium for nuclear weapons, the UN atomic watchdog has said in an annual report. The International Atomic Energy Agen...

The race to give nuclear fusion a role in the climate emergency

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On 8 August 2021, a laser-initiated experiment at the United States National Ignition Facility (NIF), based at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, made a significant breakthrough in reproducing the p...

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