The Week Ahead in Arms Control: July 29-Aug. 5

WeekAheadSOLOThis bulletin highlights significant events in the world of arms control in the coming week, as compiled by staff and friends of the Arms Control Association. (Send your suggestions for events to be covered here.)

– Jefferson Morley,
Senior Editorial Consultant,
Arms Control Today

Rouhani inauguration expected to reset nuclear talks

Following the August 3 inauguration of President Hassan Rouhani, it is widely expected that the world powers will extend a formal invitation to Iran to resume talks on the country’s nuclear program. The IAEA and Iran may also resume their discussions on completing the IAEA’s investigation of past Iranian nuclear activities with “potential military dimensions” sometime in August. (See “‘More Active’ Talks Needed, Rouhani Says,” in the July/August issue of Arms Control Today.)

Report Due on Troubled Plutonium Plant

The National Nuclear Security Administration will issue its final Surplus Plutonium Disposition Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement this week, with billions of dollars in  federal spending on the line.

The report to the Department of Energy will likely outline alternatives to building a new Mixed Oxide (MOX) Fuel Fabrication facility to convert surplus weapons plutonium into reactor fuel for electricity production. The DoE’s MOX plant, located on the Savannah River in South Carolina, has suffered cost overruns and there are no commercial customers lined up to buy the MOX fuel. Earlier this year, the DoE announced it would review alternative plutonium disposition strategies, none of which will be inexpensive.

See “U.S. Revisits Plutonium Disposition Plan,” in May 2013 Arms Control Today.  For a technical analysis of plutonium disposition options and the policy implications, see “The Future of Plutonium Disposition” by Clements, Lyman, and von Hippel in the July/August issue of Arms Control Today.

Obama to report on nuclear stockpile

President Obama will submit an annual report to Congress this week on the 10-year plan for the nuclear weapons stockpile, nuclear weapons complex, nuclear weapons delivery systems, and nuclear weapons command and control system.

ACA’s Tom Z Collina on the state of the U.S. nuclear modernization efforts, with easy to use reference chart.)

About Jefferson Morley

I'm an investigative reporter, author and teacher based in Washington DC. I'm the author Our Man in Mexico: Winston Scott and the Hidden History of the CIA and I'm editor of the JFK Facts, the premier Web destination for quality information and commentary on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
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