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Daily News on Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Weapons, Terrorism and Related Issues Wednesday, June 27, 2012
TOP STORIES 6/27/2012 RUSSIA, U.S. DISCUSS ATOMIC PROTECTION INITIATIVES Russia and the United States on Tuesday indicated they would continue to take steps to guard against the illicit acquisition of atomic substances, the Associated Press reported. CHINA BRUSHES OFF FEARS OVER REACTOR SALES TO PAKISTAN China rejected calls by Western governments last week to alleviate fears and supply further details regarding its intention to construct two new reactors at Pakistan's Chashma atomic energy complex, a pair of international relations insiders told Reuters on Wednesday. NEW U.S. MISSILE INTERCEPTOR DESTROYS TARGET IN SECOND SUCCESSFUL TEST A next-generation U.S. Standard Missile 3 interceptor on Tuesday completed its second successful intercept test over the Pacific Ocean , the Missile Defense Agency announced on Wednesday. NUCLEAR 6/27/2012 U.S. ACCELERATES ARMED FORCES DEPLOYMENTS CLOSE TO IRAN The United States is accelerating deployment of armed forces assets in the Middle East following a multilateral meeting's failure last week to establish limitations on Iranian atomic activities that Washington and its allies worry are geared toward establishment of a weapons capability, United Press International reported on Tuesday. LAWMAKERS SEEK REVIEW OF NNSA AUDIT PRACTICES Four senior lawmakers on Tuesday called for the U.S. Government Accountability Office to review National Nuclear Security Administration practices enabling private firms hired to oversee and run agency facilities to grade their own conduct in preventing mishaps. DELIVERY SYSTEMS 6/27/2012 RUSSIAN FIRM FREEZES AIR-DEFENSE DELIVERY TO SYRIA: MEDIA A Russian company might have frozen a recently disclosed deal to provide Syria with S-300 air-defense batteries, Russia Today reported on Wednesday. BRITISH SUB RETURNS TO BASE AFTER OVERHAUL A British ballistic missile submarine has sailed back to its home port at Faslane in Scotland following a nearly four-year refurbishment program, the Press Association reported on Tuesday. TERRORISM 6/27/2012 ACCUSED TERRORIST LINKS PAKISTANI AGENCIES TO MUMBAI ATTACK An Indian man accused of helping to organize the 2008 terrorist attacks on Mumbai has implicated Pakistan's security establishment of involvement in the massacre, the Christian Science Monitor reported on Tuesday. OTHER 6/27/2012 AUTHORS OF CARGO SCREENING MANDATE UPSET OVER LACK OF DHS ACTION In a Tuesday New York Times column, three Democratic lawmakers took the Homeland Security Department to task for failing to carry out a 2007 congressional mandate that all U.S.-bound cargo be scanned for weapon-usable radioactive materials and other threats prior to leaving foreign seaports. JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA TO INK PACT ON INTELLIGENCE SHARING: REPORT Japan and South Korea are close to formalizing an accord on the sharing of critical data related to North Korea's WMD efforts, a government insider in Seoul told the Yonhap News Agency on Wednesday.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"Let's stop the blame game." Rehman Malik, Pakistani prime ministerial adviser, rejecting new reports linking his nation's intelligence and military sectors to the 2008 terrorist assault on the Indian city of Mumbai.
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