Nuclear en An Opening In Iran? <p>After more than three decades of tension and distrust, a new President and his charm offensive have caused hopes for better relations. But skepticism remains&hellip; about what Iran&rsquo;s intentions are &ndash; and how other actors like Syria and Israel could play a role.</p><p></p><p></p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p><p><strong>Bill Martel</strong>, professor at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. His most recent book is called &quot;Victory in War&quot;</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 35868 at An Opening In Iran? The News On Nuclear Energy <p></p><p>After thirty years of no new nuclear construction, two projects are underway in the south, as some argue this carbon-emission free energy source is vital due to climate change. But concerns over safety issues remain, as well as new challenges from a booming natural gas industry. We explore the problems and prospects of nuclear energy with a <em>New York&nbsp;Times</em> reporter who&nbsp;has been following the&nbsp;debate over nuclear.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 33585 at The News On Nuclear Energy The Nuke Rebuke: Arguments Against The Atomic Bomb <P>More than twenty years after the end of the Cold War, the nuclear solution continues its powerful grip on geopolitics. From <A href="" target=_blank>North Korea’s confrontational nuclear testing</A> and long-range rocket launches to the coming <A href="" target=_blank>nuclear crisis in Iran</A>, nukes are the currency of power, signifying prestige and influence on the world stage.</P> <P> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 17:27:29 +0000 Virginia Prescott 20706 at The Nuke Rebuke: Arguments Against The Atomic Bomb Yucca Mountain High <P></P> <P>Energy is big business and a big issue inextricably linked to politics. Rising gas prices and huge natural gas and oil finds in the U.S. thrust energy into the 2012 presidential arena, but little was said about nuclear power—which supplies about a fifth of America’s power. Although some environmentalists are now advocating for nukes, the question of how to safely isolate existing waste has been plaguing the industry and government for decades. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 17:36:25 +0000 Virginia Prescott 18390 at Yucca Mountain High In Balancing Act, Turkey Hosts Iranian Nuclear Talks Iran's suspect nuclear program will again be in the spotlight this weekend when negotiators from Iran and six international powers meet in Istanbul.<p>Iran was reluctant to have Turkey host the meeting, reflecting Iran's growing unhappiness with Turkish foreign policy moves, especially its call for regime change in Syria, Iran's key ally in the Arab world.<p>Analyst and columnist Yavuz Baydar says Turkey has stuck its neck out for Iran in the past, defending what it calls Iran's peaceful nuclear energy program and even voting against U.N. Sat, 14 Apr 2012 02:18:13 +0000 Peter Kenyon 3127 at In Balancing Act, Turkey Hosts Iranian Nuclear Talks Facing Tougher Sanctions, Iran Enters Nuclear Talks For the first time in more than a year, diplomats from Iran will meet with representatives from the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council — U.S., Britain, France, Russia and China — plus Germany.<p>The meeting, to be held in Istanbul this weekend, will focus on Iran's controversial nuclear program.<p>When similar talks have taken place in the past, Iranian officials tended to use the sessions to complain about the ways the U.S. Fri, 13 Apr 2012 07:05:00 +0000 Mike Shuster 3107 at Facing Tougher Sanctions, Iran Enters Nuclear Talks North Korea To Launch Rocket, And A New Power Play As North Korea gears up to launch a long-range rocket, political changes are afoot, too: Pyongyang has consolidated its succession process, giving a new title to its new leader, Kim Jong Un, who came to power in December after his father's death.<p>The rocket launch, which could come as early as Thursday in North Korea, has been condemned by the international community as being in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. So why now?<p>Amid ceremony, Workers Party delegates have been meeting in Pyongyang to bestow an official title on their new 20-something leader. Wed, 11 Apr 2012 17:56:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 3081 at North Korea To Launch Rocket, And A New Power Play Iranians Feel The Bite Of Tougher Sanctions No nation has been sanctioned so frequently, and so thoroughly, as the Islamic Republic of Iran. For more than 30 years, the country has been under some kind of punitive economic measure.<p>The goal has been to prevent Iran from receiving and using the billions of dollars in oil profits that finance its nuclear program.<p>But none have been tougher, according to President Obama, than the sanctions his administration has imposed on Iran's banking system.<p>The evidence suggests that these sanctions have made it difficult for Iran to carry out international transactions. Thu, 15 Mar 2012 04:01:00 +0000 Mike Shuster 2516 at Iranians Feel The Bite Of Tougher Sanctions A War With Iran: Rhetoric Or A Reality? In recent weeks and days, the divisions over how to deal with Iran and its nuclear program have sharpened. The only undisputed fact is that Iran is developing a nuclear energy program, but after that things get murky.<p>Israel and some European countries believe Iran is moving toward a nuclear weapons program, but U.S. intelligence agencies disagree. Sat, 10 Mar 2012 23:01:00 +0000 NPR Staff 2419 at A War With Iran: Rhetoric Or A Reality? Obama, Netanyahu Differ On How To Deal With Iran In several hours of talks, President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to have different timelines and red lines on the issue of Iran's nuclear program: Obama said he prefers diplomacy and pressure; the Israeli leader made clear his country reserves the right to attack pre-emptively, saying Israel must remain master of its fate.<p>Obama tried to do a couple of things in Monday's meeting with Netanyahu at the White House. One was to reassure Israel that the U.S. is determined to keep nuclear weapons out of Iranian hands. Tue, 06 Mar 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 2320 at Obama, Netanyahu Differ On How To Deal With Iran Atomic Energy Chief: Iran Hasn't Resolved Questions The troubled relationship between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency doesn't appear to be getting any better.<p>Back in February, senior agency delegations traveled twice to Iran to clarify its concerns about possible nuclear weapons work.<p>And on Monday, the head of the IAEA, Yukiya Amano, said Iran is not providing the necessary cooperation that would allow the agency to give credible assurances that Iran's nuclear work is entirely peaceful.<p>"The agency continues to have serious concerns regarding possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear program," Amano said in Vienna, Mon, 05 Mar 2012 21:41:00 +0000 Mike Shuster 2304 at Atomic Energy Chief: Iran Hasn't Resolved Questions N. Korea To Halt Nuclear Tests; U.S. To Provide Aid North Korea has agreed to suspend uranium enrichment and missile tests, and the U.S. says it will provide food aid. The agreement should set the stage for a new round of nuclear disarmament talks. But analysts caution this is a small first step.<p>U.S. State Department officials returned from three days of talks in Beijing with a deal meant to improve the atmosphere for a resumption of so-called six-party nuclear disarmament talks. Wed, 29 Feb 2012 22:07:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 2223 at N. Korea To Halt Nuclear Tests; U.S. To Provide Aid 'On The Table': Options For Ending The Iran Standoff It was one of the more surreal photo ops this week: Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, live on Iranian TV, visiting a nuclear reactor. Ahmadinejad trumpeted his country's nuclear progress, but denied, once again, that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons.<p>In Washington, officials weren't buying it.<p>They rushed to repeat the official U.S. Sat, 18 Feb 2012 22:35:00 +0000 NPR Staff 1980 at 'On The Table': Options For Ending The Iran Standoff Iran Ups The Ante With More Nuclear Moves Iran has unveiled significant developments on two important components of its nuclear program: the centrifuges used to enrich uranium and the uranium used to fuel a research reactor.<p>The country has made no secret of its work in these areas. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 21:31:00 +0000 Mike Shuster 1954 at Iran Ups The Ante With More Nuclear Moves