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20 years after Pokhran: PMs and India's nuclear ambitions 11.5.2018 Rediff: Interviews
20 years ago this day, May 11, 1998, India conducted its second nuclear test at Pokharan in Rajasthan.
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Jaitpur nuclear power plant poses no nuclear threat: Dr Anil Kakodkar 11.5.2018 DNA: Mumbai
Eminent nuclear scientist Dr Anil Kakodkar has said that the proposed nuclear power plant at Jaitapur would pose no threat to environment or marine life. He stated this while pointing out that nuclear power is the only alternative for the long-term needs of the country. Kakodkar shared his views during a programme organised by Zee 24 Taas and Zee Marathi Disha — 'Manthan' — to mark 20 years of Pokhran nuclear tests in 1998. Following the Pokhran test, May 11 is celebrated as the National Technology Day. Vijay Kuvlekar, Editor-in-Chief, Zee 24 Taas, welcomed Kakodkar and explained that Manthan series has been started to facilitate the exchange of ideas and success stories of men and women associated with the event. Stating that Pokharan tests of 1998 brought India forward as a nuclear power, Kakodkar said that bottlenecks in the nuclear programme and the overall development also came to an end with these tests. He said that as far doubts regarding environmental issues raised about Jaitapur are concerned, ...
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Iran crossed 'red line', Israel's action appropriate: Netanyahu 10.5.2018 DNA: India
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that Israel's air strikes against Iranian targets in Syria were "appropriate" because the Islamic Republic had "crossed a red line." In a brief video address, he said Israel carried out a "very broad attack against Iranian targets in Syria." "We are in the midst of a protracted battle and our policy is clear: We will not allow Iran to entrench itself militarily in Syria," Netanyahu said. ( Merkel urges for restrain: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have called on Israel and Iran to exercise restraint in the Middle East to avoid further escalation of hostilities in the region, a German government spokesman said on Thursday. Israel said it attacked nearly all of Iran's military infrastructure in Syria after Iranian forces fired rockets at Israeli-held territory for the first time. "The escalations of the past few hours show us that it is truly about war and peace. And I can only call on all sides to exercise ...
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Geopolitical tensions, oil prices keep Indian equities subdued 10.5.2018 Sify Finance
The key Indian equity indices traded on a flat-to-negative note on Thursday afternoon due to weak global cues including high crude oil prices and geopolitical tensions after the US backed out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
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US stocks rally after Trump's Iran n-deal decision 10.5.2018 Sify Finance
US stocks ended higher on Wednesday as Wall Street continued to digest US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.
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Iranian nuclear issue should be resolved through talks: India 10.5.2018 The Assam Tribune
Iranian nuclear issue should be resolved through talks: India
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Merits of atomic energy emphasised 10.5.2018 Manipur: E-Pao
Merits of atomic energy emphasised
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How does the United States pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal impact India? 9.5.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
Indian on Wednesday addressed the United States’ decision to pull out of the nuclear deal with Iran. In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said, “India has always maintained that Iranian nuclear issue should be resolved peacefully through dialogue and diplomacy by respecting Iran’s right to peaceful uses of nuclear energy international community’s strong interest in exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme.” The US announced that it would pull out of the nuclear deal late Tuesday. However, the move will not affect the deal as long as other signatories i.e. the U.K., France, Russia, China, Germany and the European Union remain committed to it. According to a report in The Hindu , India could be affected by the US decision with respect several factors, the main being oil prices. Iran is presently India’s third biggest supplier (after Iraq and Saudi Arabia), and any increase in prices will hit both inflation levels as well as the Indian rupee, which breached Rs 67 to the U.S. ...
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Trump abandons 'defective' Iran nuclear deal, Obama calls decision 'serious mistake' 9.5.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
President Donald Trump on Tuesday pulled the United States out of an international nuclear deal with Iran in a step that will raise the risk of conflict in the Middle East, upset America's European allies and bring uncertainty to global oil supplies. Trump, speaking in a televised address from the White House, said he would reimpose economic sanctions on Iran. "This was a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made," Trump said. "It didn't bring calm. It didn't bring peace. And it never will." The 2015 deal, worked out by the United States, five other international powers and Iran, eased sanctions on Iran in exchange for the country limiting its nuclear programme. The pact is seen by many in the West as a way to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb. But Trump complains that the agreement, the signature foreign policy achievement of his predecessor Barack Obama, does not address Iran's ballistic missile programme, its nuclear activities beyond 2025 nor its role in conflicts in ...
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Fallout of the Iranian N-deal 8.5.2018 DNA: Top News
Global diplomacy has become hectic so as to prevent a full-blown crisis in an already volatile part of the world — the Middle East — as US President Donald Trump announced his decision on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) better known as the US’s nuclear deal with Iran. Earlier, Trump, who had threatened that the US would ‘withdraw’ from the deal on May 12 — the end of a 120-day review period — unless the Congress and European powers fixed its ‘disastrous flaws’, tweeted on Tuesday, “I will be announcing my decision on the Iran Deal tomorrow from the White House at 2 pm.” The fact that Trump had been wanting to opt out of the Iran nuclear deal for some time now was no secret. In the run-up to his announcement, Europe had done its best to persuade Trump to stay on. Trying to convince Trump about the desirability of continuing with the Iranian deal, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had argued that ‘the United States and United Kingdom diplomats have been working alongside their French ...
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Donald Trump expected to exit Iran nuclear deal; experts feel move will affect North Korea talks 8.5.2018 DNA: Mumbai
US President Donald Trump is expected to announce on Tuesday that he is pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, European officials said, after they struggled to persuade him that the accord has halted Iran's nuclear ambitions. One senior European official closely involved in Iran diplomacy said U.S. officials had indicated late on Monday that Trump would withdraw from the agreement, but it remained unclear on what terms and whether sanctions would be reimposed. Such a move could ratchet up tensions in a region riven with interrelated wars, including the multi-layered conflict in Syria, where Iran's presence has brought it into conflict with Israel. A senior Western diplomat said France, Britain and Germany - also party to the accord - were working on the assumption of a hard U.S. exit after a call last week between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and European officials at which he made clear talks on rescuing the deal would not go further. "He let it be known that it was over," the diplomat ...
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What could Iran do if Donald Trump pulls out of nuclear deal? 8.5.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
President Donald Trump is expected to pull the United States out of the Iran nuclear agreement on May 12. Tehran signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, with China, France, Germany, Russia, Britain, and the United States in 2015. Iran agreed to curbs on its nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of some sanctions. But the withdrawal of the United States will probably sink the deal. If that happens, Iran could retaliate by undermining the interests of Washington and its allies in the Middle East. Here are some possible scenarios: IRAQ When Islamic State seized much of Iraq in 2014, Iran was quick to support Baghdad. Iran has since helped arm and train thousands of Shi'ite fighters in Iraq. These Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) are also a significant political force. If the deal falls through, Iran could encourage PMF factions who want the US to leave Iraq to step up rhetorical, and maybe military, attacks against American forces. These could be rocket, mortar and roadside bomb attacks not ...
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US risks reversing Iran nuclear deal's inspection gains 8.5.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
The landmark 2015 nuclear deal Iran made with major world powers slashed the scope of Tehran's atomic activities and created what the United Nations nuclear watchdog calls "the world's most robust verification regime." But US President Donald Trump, a long-time critic of the deal, has threatened to pull out unless a follow-on agreement is reached to fix what he calls the deal's "flaws." Here is what a US withdrawal would likely mean for the UN's nuclear watchdog and its policing of Iran's nuclear activities. CURRENT SITUATION A central aim of the agreement – signed by the United States, Russia, China, Germany, France and Britain - was to ensure Iran would be at least a year away from amassing enough nuclear material for a bomb. The deal made Tehran, among other things, sharply cut the number of centrifuges, machines that enrich uranium, it has in operation and slash its stock of enriched uranium. It also imposes a strict limit on the purity Iran enriches uranium to, far below the level at which it could ...
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US would regret decision to leave Iran's nuclear deal: Hassan Rouhani 7.5.2018 DNA: Mumbai
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday the United States would regret a decision to leave Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and Tehran would fiercely resist US pressure to limit its influence in the Middle East. "If they want to make sure that we are not after a nuclear bomb, we have said repeatedly that we are not and we will not be ... but if they want to weaken Iran and limit its influence whether in the region or globally, Iran will fiercely resist," Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on state television. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned that Tehran's "fierce reaction to a violation of the nuclear deal with major powers will not be pleasant for America", state TV reported. In January, Trump delivered an ultimatum to the European signatories of the 2015 nuclear accord, which aimed to curb Iran's nuclear program in return for lifting various trade and economic sanctions.  The Republican president said they must agree to "fix the terrible flaws of the Iran nuclear ...
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First NASA lander to study Mars' interior launches from California 5.5.2018 DNA: Wide Angle
An Atlas 5 rocket soared into space early on Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, carrying NASA's first robotic lander designed for exploring the deep interior of another planet on its voyage to Mars. The Mars InSight probe lifted off from the central California coast at 4:05 a.m. PDT, treating early-rising residents across a wide swath of the state to the luminous predawn spectacle of the first U.S. interplanetary spacecraft to be launched over the Pacific. The lander will be carried aloft for NASA and its Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) atop a two-stage, 19-story Atlas 5 rocket from the fleet of United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co. The payload will be released about 90 minutes after launch on a 301 million mile (484 million km) flight to Mars. It is due to reach its destination in six months, landing on a broad, smooth plain close to the planet's equator called the Elysium Planitia. That will put InSight roughly 373 miles (600 km) from the 2012 ...
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NASA's nuclear reactor could power crewed missions to Mars 4.5.2018 DNA: Wide Angle
NASA has successfully demonstrated a new nuclear reactor power system that could enable long-duration crewed missions to the Moon, Mars and destinations beyond. The Kilopower Reactor Using Stirling Technology (KRUSTY) experiment was conducted at US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)'s Nevada National Security Site from November 2017 through March, NASA said. "Safe, efficient and plentiful energy will be the key to future robotic and human exploration, said Jim Reuter, NASA's acting associate administrator for the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) in Washington. "I expect the Kilopower project to be an essential part of lunar and Mars power architectures as they evolve," said Reuter. Kilopower is a small, lightweight fission power system capable of providing up to 10 kilowatts of electrical power - enough to run several average households - continuously for at least 10 years. Four Kilopower units would provide enough power to establish an outpost, the US space agency said. The ...
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Netanyahu told Trump about Iran nuclear arms claims in March, senior official says 1.5.2018 DNA: India
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed U.S. President Donald Trump about evidence of a past secret Iranian nuclear arms programme in March, a senior Israeli official said, a move apparently aimed at killing an international deal with Tehran that both leaders oppose. Trump agreed Israel would publish the information before May 12, the date by which he is due to decide whether the United States should quit the nuclear deal with Iran, an arch foe of both countries, the Israeli official said. In a prime-time televised statement on Monday night Netanyahu presented what he said were Iranian documents obtained in a daring Israeli intelligence operation that purportedly prove Iran had been developing nuclear weapons before the 2015 deal that it signed with the U.S. and world powers. Netanyahu told CNN on Tuesday that "nobody" sought war with Iran, a prospect seen by some as a possible result of the deal's collapse. But his presentation said the evidence shows Iran lied going into the deal, a landmark ...
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Netanyahu is a broke and infamous liar who has nothing to offer but deceit: Iran slams Israel PM 1.5.2018 DNA: Top News
Iran on Tuesday branded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu an "infamous liar" over his allegations of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons programme. Foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi called the accusations that Tehran lied about its nuclear ambitions "worn-out, useless and shameful". Netanyahu's comments came from a "broke and infamous liar who has had nothing to offer except lies and deceits," Ghasemi said in a statement. "Netanyahu and the notorious, child-killing Zionist regime must have reached the basic understanding that the people of the world have enough awareness and cognisance," he added. Netanyahu said in an elaborate televised presentation yesterday that he had new "proof" of an Iranian nuclear weapons plan that could be activated at any time. But he did not provide evidence that Israel's main enemy had actively worked to obtain an atomic weapon since the 2015 agreement between Tehran and six world powers. His accusations came as the United States considers whether to pull out of ...
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Netanyahu says Iran gathered nuclear information even after 2015, Trump non-committal about pulling out of deal 30.4.2018 DNA: Top News
Israel presented on Monday what it said was evidence that Iran had continued gathering nuclear knowledge after signing a 2015 agreement with world powers to curb it, calling on Washington to jettison the agreement. "Iran's leaders repeatedly deny ever pursuing nuclear weapons," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a televised address carried by Israeli networks. "Tonight I'm here to tell you one thing: Iran lied." "First, Iran lied about never having a nuclear weapons programme. 100,000 secret files prove it did. Second, even after the deal, Iran continued to preserve and expand its nuclear weapons knowledge for future use," Netanyahu said. "Third, Iran lied again in 2015 when it didn't come clear to the IAEA as required by the nuclear deal." The Israeli leader spoke in English and showed pictures and videos purporting to be of historic secret Iranian nuclear facilities, as well as Iranian documents and plans to develop atomic weapons. "After signing the nuclear deal in 2015, Iran intensified its ...
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Pokhran proved India's nuclear prowess: Modi 29.4.2018 The Assam Tribune
Pokhran proved India's nuclear prowess: Modi
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