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Daily News on Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Weapons, Terrorism and Related Issues Monday, August 6, 2012
TOP STORIES 8/6/2012 AUGMENTED IRANIAN MISSILE SUCCEEDS IN TRIAL, DEFENSE MINISTER SAYS An updated, more precise iteration of Iran's Fateh 110 ballistic missile performed as intended in a trial flight, the nation's defense minister said on Saturday. ISRAEL ENHANCES KEY ANTIMISSILE TECHNOLOGY Israel has made enhancements to its Arrow 2 antimissile technology, the Associated Press quoted a Defense Ministry source as saying on Sunday. U.S. PREPARES FOR FALL OF SYRIAN GOVERNMENT Ensuring the protection of Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons is one component of planning by the U.S. State and Defense departments for the fall of the Assad regime, the New York Times reported on Sunday. NUCLEAR 8/6/2012 Y-12 BREAK-IN PROMPTS OVERHAUL OF PROTECTIVE STAFF The Obama administration has responded to a break-in late last month and other protection shortfalls at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee by shifting critical site supervisors and temporarily relieving from duty certain defensive personnel, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said on Friday. U.S. RESERVE NUKE HOLDINGS COULD BE REDUCED: AIR FORCE CHIEF The top U.S. Air Force officer said the United States could reduce the size of its "active reserve" stockpile of nuclear weapons, the Boston Globe reported on Monday. REPORTS: U.S. AIRS DETAILS ON POTENTIAL IRAN AIRSTRIKE Two Israeli news publications have reported receiving details from the Obama administration on blueprints for a potential aerial campaign against atomic installations in Iran, the London Times reported on Monday. NORTH KOREA WARNS OF \"REMOTE\" CHANCE FOR NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT A high-level North Korean Foreign Ministry official warned last week that there was little chance of her nation giving up its nuclear arms ambitions without a change in U.S. policy, Voice of America reported. DELIVERY SYSTEMS 8/6/2012 LAWMAKERS MOVE TO BLOCK MISSILE DEFENSE LASER Senate appropriators have rejected a U.S. Missile Defense Agency proposal to provide $44.5 million in fiscal 2013 for placing a laser armament on a massive, developmental unmanned aerial vehicle produced by defense contractor Boeing, Wired magazine reported on Friday. POLISH LEADER SEEKS NATIONAL ANTIMISSILE CAPACITY Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski has said his nation must establish its own antimissile capability, RIA Novosti reported on Saturday. OTHER 8/6/2012 U.N. CHIEF PUSHES FOR NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT ON HIROSHIMA ANNIVERSARY U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday used the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima to renew his call for global nuclear disarmament, Agence France-Presse reported. FIRM RECEIVES $50 MILLION FOR FURTHER ANTHRAX ANTITOXIN TRIALS Elusys Therapeutics indicated it would receive $50 million in additional support from the U.S. Health and Human Services Department for late-stage preparation of a treatment intended to prevent and counteract inhalation anthrax infections, United Press International reported on Friday.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"On this day, in this city, let me proclaim again: there must never be another nuclear attack -- never." Ban Ki-moon, U.N. Secretary General, in a statement issued on the anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War II.
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