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Phase out nuclear power? Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders locked in absurd arms race

Phase out nuclear power? Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders locked in absurd arms raceCandidates playing anti-nukes card while claiming to care about climate change can't be serious. It is America's third largest energy source: Our view



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Iran installing advanced centrifuges: UN nuclear watchdog

Iran installing advanced centrifuges: UN nuclear watchdogThe UN’s nuclear watchdog confirmed Monday that Iran was installing advanced centrifuges as the troubled 2015 deal with world powers over Tehran’s nuclear programme threatens to fall apart. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a statement that on September 7 it had “verified that the following centrifuges were either installed or being installed…: 22 IR-4, one IR-5, 30 IR-6 and three IR-6s”. The IAEA’s confirmation comes a day after Tehran hit out at European powers, saying they had left Iran little option but to scale back its commitments under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).



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US 'not surprised' Iran starting new nuclear centrifuges: Esper

US 'not surprised' Iran starting new nuclear centrifuges: EsperUS Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday he was “not surprised” Iran had turned on advanced centrifuges to increase uranium stockpiles, a further breach of the 2015 nuclear deal which Washington pulled out of last year. “I’m not surprised that Iran has announced that it’s going to violate the JCPOA,” Esper said in Paris, using the official name of the accord signed in Vienna four years ago. “They had been violating it, they had violated the nuclear non-proliferation treaty for many years, so it’s no surprise that the Iranians are going to pursue what the Iranians have always intended to pursue,” he added, following talks with his French counterpart Florence Parly.



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CIA predicted the Iran crisis that spiraled out of Trump pulling the US from the 2015 nuclear deal

CIA predicted the Iran crisis that spiraled out of Trump pulling the US from the 2015 nuclear dealA year before Trump withdrew the US from the Iran nuclear deal, the CIA circulated a classified document offering a "simple" and prescient conclusion.



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Iran gives new knock to nuclear deal but it's not yet broken

Iran gives new knock to nuclear deal but it's not yet brokenPresident Emmanuel Macron’s efforts to stitch together a deal with Iran to stop the 2015 nuclear accord from collapsing was hanging by threads Friday — but not yet broken, despite Tehran’s announced plans to step farther back from its international commitments. Iran was poised to begin work on advanced centrifuges that will enrich uranium faster with no solution from Europe to provide a way to revive the deal ahead of the Friday deadline — the third incremental breach of the accord. Europe called on Iran to pull back from the slippery slope that could undo the accord completely.



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Iran poised for faster centrifuges as nuclear deal collapses

Iran poised for faster centrifuges as nuclear deal collapsesIran was poised Thursday to begin work on advanced centrifuges that will enrich uranium faster as the 2015 nuclear deal unravels further and a last-minute French proposal offering a $ 15-billion line of credit to compensate Iran for not being able to sell its crude oil abroad because of U.S. sanctions looked increasingly unlikely. Meanwhile, Iran released seven crew members from a detained British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero in a goodwill gesture and the mariners flew out of Iran, the ship’s owner said.



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Erdogan says it's unacceptable that Turkey can't have nuclear weapons

Erdogan says it's unacceptable that Turkey can't have nuclear weaponsTurkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday it was unacceptable for nuclear-armed states to forbid Ankara from obtaining its own nuclear weapons, but did not say whether Turkey had plans to obtain them. “Some countries have missiles with nuclear warheads, not one or two. “There is no developed nation in the world that doesn’t have them,” Erdogan said.



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Iran ratchets up pressure ahead of weekend nuclear deadline

Iran ratchets up pressure ahead of weekend nuclear deadlineIranian officials ratcheted up pressure Wednesday ahead of a weekend nuclear deadline for European nations to come up with a solution for Iran to sell its oil abroad in the aftermath of escalated U.S. sanctions. President Hassan Rouhani reiterated a threat that Tehran would take additional steps away from the 2015 nuclear accord on Friday and accelerate nuclear activities if Europe fails to provide a solution, calling it Iran’s third, “most important step” away from the deal. Meanwhile, Iran’s Foreign Ministry announced that seven members of the 23-member crew of the seized British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero held in the Persian Gulf would be released — an apparent good-will gesture meant to defuse tensions.



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The Latest: Iran, France race to save nuclear deal

The Latest: Iran, France race to save nuclear dealFrench and Iranian experts were huddling in Paris as the clock ticks on an end-of-the-week deadline for Europe to come up with a way for Iran to sell its oil despite U.S. sanctions — or face a new scaling back of the 2015 nuclear accord. A visit on Monday by Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi and a team of economists was wrapped in discretion. The meeting coincided with a Moscow visit by Iran’s foreign minister, who made an exceptional appearance in Biarritz last week on the sidelines of the G-7 summit.



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Iran's Rouhani warns Macron of looming nuclear step

Iran's Rouhani warns Macron of looming nuclear stepPresident Hassan Rouhani spoke with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Saturday, warning him Iran would take the next step in reducing its nuclear commitments unless Europe lives up to its own undertakings. Tensions have spiked in the Gulf since May last year when President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers — known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The escalation has seen ships attacked, drones downed and tankers seized in the Strait of Hormuz, a chokepoint for around a third of the world’s sea-borne oil.



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