13 Jan 2021

Iran unveils its largest military vessel during missile drill

During a mari-time missile drill, Iran’s navy officially inducted its largest military vessel into its fleet. The forward base ship IRIS Makran is said to be able to carry up to five helicopters. The ship joined the fleet with another one capable of firing missiles at a time of tension

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08 Jan 2021

Iran ramps up uranium enrichment and seizes tanker as tensions rise with US

Amid heightened tensions with the US, Iran announced on Monday that it had resumed enriching uranium to 20% purity. This is prohibited under the 2015 nuclear deal forged with the US and is likely to further escalate tensions between the two countries. Iran also allegedly seized a South Korea chemical

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18 Dec 2020

Nuclear Weapons Agency Hacked in Widening Cyberattack

According to Politico, official Department of Energy sources confirmed that the Energy Department and its National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) were compromised as part of the SolarWinds espionage campaign. The NNSA is responsible for maintaining the US nuclear stockpile. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has oversight for the entire

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30 Nov 2020

Iran Says Its Top Nuclear Scientist Killed in Attack

On Friday, a top Iranian nuclear scientist and father of the country’s nuclear weapons program Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was shot and killed while traveling through the suburbs of Tehran, the nation’s capital. Iran’s foreign minister blamed “terrorists” for the attack and claimed that there were indications of Israeli involvement. The Israeli

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12 Nov 2020

Iran’s enriched uranium stockpile 12 times limit, says IAEA

According to global watchdog the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran has built up a stockpile of more than 12 times the amount of enriched uranium allowed under an international agreement made in 2015. The IAEA states that the country’s uranium stockpile has reached more than 2,442kg. Iran has claimed

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07 Oct 2020

NNSA Buys New Supercomputer to Protect Nuclear Stockpile

The National Nuclear Security Administration announced that it is planning on gaining a new, powerful, tool to advance its mission of maintaining the nation’s nuclear stockpile. The technology is a supercomputer that has been named Crossroads and will be located at the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Strategic Computing Complex as

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27 Aug 2020

Iran Grants U.N. Watchdog Access to Suspected Nuclear Sites

Iran has reportedly agreed to allow UN inspectors access to sites where suspected nuclear activity is occurring. The country has been accused of denying sanctions and carrying out illicit nuclear-weapons programs in the past. The US and European powers have been applying pressure on Iran to cooperate with the probe,

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24 Jul 2020

Pentagon Seeks New Means for Detecting Underground Nuclear Tests

The Defense Department is reportedly seeking information that will help the agency detect underground nuclear tests. The agency posted a solicitation on Saturday, stating that they plan to make up to four awards to researchers developing solutions relating to below-ground nuclear testing. Similarly, the Air Force Research Laboratory released a

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10 Jul 2020

Iran explosions: Officials deny reports of fresh blast

Social media users in Iran reported explosions in the cities of Garmdareh and Qods, according to state media, however, Iranian officials have denied all reports of an explosion taking place. These reports made through social media are the latest in a series of mysterious explosions recorded throughout the country in

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08 Jul 2020

China says it won’t join nuclear talks until the US reduces its arsenal

China stated that it would like to join trilateral nuclear arms control talks with the US and Russia, however, under the condition that the US significantly reduces its nuclear arsenal. China requested that the US’s arsenal should closely match China’s own level, according to a senior Chinese diplomat on Wednesday.

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