Iran Feels Pinch Of New EU Oil Sanctions
NPR – July 2, 2012
As new European Union sanctions targeting Iran’s vital oil industry took effect Sunday, Tehran acknowledged the measures aimed at reining in its disputed nuclear program were taking a toll. The vice president said authorities had stockpiled imported goods and hard currency to help cushion the blow to the economy.
SKorea puts off Japan military pact at last minute
AP – June 29, 2012
Japan and South Korea put on hold an intelligence sharing pact less than an hour before it was to be formally signed Friday, in a major embarrassment for both countries forced by a political outcry in Seoul.
Kim Jong-Il ordered uranium bombs: reports
AFP – July 2, 2012
The late North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il ordered his scientists to produce “a massive amount” of uranium bombs, according to internal regime documents, reports in Japan said on Monday.
As U.S. leaves, a struggle to train Afghan army
John Bentley , CBS News – July 1, 2012
NSC’s Holgate: House Vote Shows “Fundamental Misunderstanding” Of Threat Reduction
Lee Michael Katz, Global Security Newswire – June 29, 2012
Congressional attempts to link Cooperative Threat Reduction program funding to behavior by Russia over Syria and other issues are “a fundamental misunderstanding” of the program, a White House official dealing with the issue told Global Security Newswire.
China to lead talks on nuclear definitions
Arshad Mohammed, Reuters – June 29, 2012
China will lead talks among the five original nuclear-armed states to define arms control terms, the group said on Friday, a first for Beijing and a step that might ultimately bring greater clarity about its nuclear arsenal and strategy.