Revised nuclear deal between South Korea, US takes effect

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A new nuclear treaty with the United States governing South Korea's commercial nuclear activities during the next 20 years went into effect Wednesday, the South Korean government said.

The treaty, which replaces a previous accord reached in 1972, opens the possibility of South Korea gaining the ability to enrich uranium to produce non-weapons-grade nuclear fuel depending on future negotiations with the United States.

UAE to US lawmaker: We have a right to enrich uranium, too

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid fears of an atomic arms race in the Middle East, a senior United Arab Emirates official has told a top U.S. lawmaker that it too might seek the right to enrich uranium that Iran has asserted under the recently signed nuclear deal.

The landmark Iran accord to curb its nuclear weapons in exchange for economic sanctions relief allows Tehran to enrich uranium. In barely noticed testimony last month, Rep. Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the UAE's ambassador in Washington, Yousef al-Otaiba, had informed him in a telephone call that the country no longer felt bound by its previous nuclear agreement with the United States.

Wyoming uranium mine proposes to more than double in size

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — One of the biggest uranium mines in Wyoming, the nation's top producer of the radioactive metal, proposes to more than double in size amid hope that weak prices since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster will begin to climb back upward.

Littleton, Colorado-based Ur-Energy plans to expand its Lost Creek in-situ mine in south-central Wyoming to an area covering some 15 square miles.

Ohio unhappy as DOE ditches uranium project

The Associated Press

The Department of Energy’s decision to wrap up its contract with an Ohio uranium enrichment facility—Centrus Energy’s American Centrifuge Project—in favor of one at Oak Ridge, Tennessee has drawn criticism from the state’s congressional delegation, The Associated Press reports.

Presidential candidates duel on Iran; House GOP in turmoil

WASHINGTON (AP) — Debate on the Iran nuclear deal morphed into full-blown political spectacle Wednesday as Donald Trump and Ted Cruz held a rally to denounce it, Hillary Rodham Clinton gave a speech to praise it and congressional Republicans turned on each other angrily as they grasped for a last-ditch play to stop it.

The maneuvering and speechifying did little to change the reality: Barring unlikely success of an eleventh-hour gambit by the House, the international accord aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions will move ahead. Even if Congress succeeds in passing legislation aimed at undermining it by next week's deadline, President Barack Obama would veto such a measure and minority Democrats command enough votes to sustain him.

Clinton seeks to reassure Iran deal skeptics with tough talk

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton will argue that the U.S. must be "clear-eyed" about the nuclear deal with Iran in a speech on Wednesday, stressing that President Barack Obama's landmark agreement must be enforced with "vigor and vigilance" and is not a step toward normalizing relations with America's longtime enemy.

Speaking at a Washington think tank, Clinton plans to hail the agreement as part of a larger Middle East strategy before offering a five-point plan for countering Iran's influence in the region.

Report: Clinton led shift to allow some Iranian enrichment

The Wall Street Journal

Current and former U.S. officials told The Wall Street Journal that Hillary Clinton, in her final months as secretary of state, helped "open the door" to allow Iran to maintain some small amount of uranium enrichment in efforts to reach a diplomatic solution over the country's nuclear program.

Senate Democrats

Democrats clinch critical 41 votes for Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressing their advantage, the White House and insistent Senate Democrats locked up the votes Tuesday to frustrate attempts by outraged Republicans to pass a legislative rebuke to the Iran nuclear accord.

Three previously undeclared Senate Democrats — Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Ron Wyden of Oregon and Gary Peters of Michigan — announced their support for the international agreement in a coordinated burst. That pushed supporters to the crucial 41-vote total that would allow them to block a GOP disapproval resolution with a filibuster, and prevent a final vote.

Maryland's Cardin to oppose Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, has announced he opposes the nuclear deal with Iran.

The announcement is a blow to the White House and will make it harder for the administration to block a vote on a disapproval resolution in the Senate.

Conceding defeat, Iran deal opponents at least want a vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — Opponents of the Iran nuclear agreement have given up trying to block it. Now they're just hoping for a final Senate vote on a resolution disapproving it — even though such a resolution would be vetoed by the president.

The more modest focus became necessary as supporters of the deal, which aims to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, clinched the necessary Senate support to uphold a presidential veto of the GOP disapproval resolution. Supporters have begun aiming to amass the additional votes that could bottle up the disapproval resolution in the Senate with a filibuster and block a vote on final passage next week.


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