Rubio willing to defy European allies on possible Iran deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says that if elected president, he would "absolutely" defy stalwart European allies if necessary in order to revoke an Iranian nuclear deal he might inherit from President Barack Obama.

Rubio, who is on the cusp of announcing a run for the Republican presidential nomination, says the next commander in chief "should not be bound" by Obama's potential agreement, even if European negotiating partners stand behind the deal.

US, Iran resume nuke talks with GOP letter hanging over them

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Top U.S. and Iranian diplomats returned to talks Tuesday, seeking to resolve differences blocking a deal that would curtail Iran's nuclear program and ease sanctions on the country. Among the issues they're now contending with is a Republican letter warning that any deal could collapse the day President Barack Obama leaves office.

The discussions between Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif came after a senior U.S. official described Iranian diplomats twice confronting their American counterparts about last week's open letter to Iran's leaders written by freshman Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and signed by 46 other GOP senators.

Official: Iran confronts US at nuke talks over GOP letter

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Iranian diplomats twice confronted their American counterparts about an open letter from Republican senators who warned that any nuclear deal could expire the day President Barack Obama leaves office, a senior U.S. official said Monday.

The official, noting the administration's warnings when the letter first surfaced, said the GOP intervention was a new issue in the tense negotiations facing an end-of-month deadline for a framework agreement.

SCE&G: Cost, build delays expected up for SC nuke reactors

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The company that owns a majority stake in new nuclear reactors in South Carolina said this week it wants approval to spend more on the project and finish construction later than expected.

SCANA Corp. CEO Kevin Marsh said Friday that he has asked for a hearing before state regulators regarding the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station near Jenkinsville, about 25 miles northwest of Columbia.

NRC teleconference on post-Fukushima nuclear safety

Rockville, Maryland, March 13, 2015, 9:00 am

A meeting to discuss the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Staff's preliminary assessment of the applicability of Fukushima lessons learned to facilities other than operating power reactors, including spent fuel storage installations, fuel facilities, irradiators, low-level waste disposal facilities, radioactive materials users, and decommissioned power reactors.

No other planned use for Yucca Mountain: DOE

Las Vegas Review-Journal

Despite a visit from Defense Threat Reduction Agency officials to Yucca Mountain last month, the Energy Department told the House Energy and Commerce Committee there are no plans to use the site for purposes other than nuclear waste storage, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

NRC criticized on Fukushima anniversary

The Hill

Four years after the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, Public Citizen is criticizing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for dragging its feet on safety standards at U.S. facilities, The Hill reports.

CSIS event on nuclear fuel cycles

Washington, March 12, 2015, 9:00 am

Center for Security and International Studies hosts event on the New Approaches to the Fuel Cycle project to keep up nonproliferation efforts while maintaining nuclear energy sustainability.

Cypriot group: Turkey's planned nuclear plant 'huge risk'

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cypriots from both sides of the east Mediterranean island's ethnic divide are banding together to oppose plans to build a nuclear power station on nearby Turkey's southern coast.

The Cyprus Anti-Nuclear Platform brings together dozens of Greek and Turkish Cypriot groups opposed to the planned Akkuyu station some 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Cyprus' northern coastline.

Kerry: Congress won't be able to change an Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that U.S. lawmakers won't be able to change the terms of any nuclear agreement with Iran because it won't be legally binding, a statement likely to inspire greater congressional opposition.

Kerry, Washington's senior representative in talks with Tehran, said he reacted with "utter disbelief" to a letter earlier this week signed by 47 Republican senators warning Iran's leaders that an accord with President Barack Obama's team could expire the day he leaves office.


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