CBRNE & Hazmat

French offer to Iran undercut?

The U.S. dislikes a French offer of a large line of credit designed to sustain negotiations on Iran winding down its nuclear program. Brian Hook, the U.S. Special Representative for Iran, says the U.S. administration is “not looking to grant any exemptions” to its sanctions on Iran. [node:read-more:link]

Nuclear deadline extended

European powers have been given two more months to save a 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran but President Hassan Rouhani warns that he is preparing for further significant breaches of the agreement if the diplomatic initiative fails. France has offered nearly €14 billion in lines of credit if Iran become fully compliant with the deal. [node:read-more:link]

Concern about nuclear conflict

Tension is continuing to build between India and Pakistan after the latter’s defence minister suggested Indian may revoke its “no first use” policy with regard to nuclear weapons. Some experts say the risk of conflict has never been greater since both tested weapons in 1998. [node:read-more:link]

Iran renews call for sanctions end

President Hassan Rouhani wants U.S. sactions gone as a precursor to any renewed negotiations about Iran’s nuclear and missiles programs. “Without this step, this . . . not be unlocked,” Rouhani said a day after President Donald Trump said he was open to a meeting under appropriate circumstances. [node:read-more:link]

Seagoing Russian reactor in transit

A floating Russian nuclear power station is transiting the Arctic in what the Rosenergoatom agency says is a bid to improve electricity supplies in remote areas. Greenpeace says the project is a high-risk threat in a harsh environment. [node:read-more:link]

India rethinking nuclear stance?

India’s defence minister, Rajnath Singh, is suggesting that his country could re-evaluate its “no first use of nuclear weapons” as Indian and Pakistan square off over the divided Kashmir region which abuts their northern borders. Singh says that while India had “strictly adhered” to the doctrine, “what happens in future depends on the circumstances.” [node:read-more:link]

Radiation uptick in Norway

A week after a Russian test of a “nuclear-fuelled” rocket ended in an explosion, the Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority says small amounts of radioactive iodine were detected at an air-sampling station. However, the levels were described a not harmful. [node:read-more:link]

Siberian state of emergency

A state of emergency has been declared around the Siberian city of Achinsk after a fire at a military depot set off huge explosions. Thousands of residents have been evacuated within a 20-kilomere radius around the depot. [node:read-more:link]

Counter Terrorism Technology Center

While the risk of a CBRN attack is small, the consequences of such an attack are enormous: the public's perception of personal security, and the costs associated with detection, identification, treatment and cleanup ensures that this risk must be mitigated by preparation. [node:read-more:link]

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