2021-04-19: News Headlines

Gareth Porter (2021-04-19). Vienna talks reveal Biden team's attachment to sanctions that would torpedo Iran deal. thegrayzone.com Biden's foreign policy team refuses to relieve Iran from sanctions illegally imposed by the Trump administration, setting the stage for the collapse of negotiations and a major crisis. The Biden administration signaled once again at the April 9 Vienna meeting on the Iran nuclear deal that it intends to maintain Trump-era Iran sanctions in an effort to win political and military concessions going well beyond the original deal itself. Team Biden continued to insist during the conference that Iran return …

Patrick Mazza (2021-04-19). Advanced Nuclear Dreaming in Washington State. counterpunch.org It was once known by one of the most inadvertently appropriate acronyms ever, WPPSS, the Washington Public Power Supply System. "Whoops!," as they called it, in the early 1980s brought on what was then the worst municipal bond default in U.S. history trying to build five nuclear reactors in Washington state at once, completing only one.

Robert Fantina (2021-04-19). Renegotiating JCPOA: Biden, Europe and Iran. counterpunch.org After years of negotiations, the U.S., under President Barack Obama (don't get this writer started on him), Iran and several other nations signed an agreement that limited Iran's nuclear development program, in exchange for the lifting of many sanctions issued against that nation. This was good news all around: many nations had a major new market for their goods, Iran was able to export its own products and services, and the world, bizarrely, breathed a sigh of relief that Iran would not develop the nuclear weapons that its spokespeople always said it never had any interest in anyway; its nuclear program was for…

Eds. (2021-04-19). What Bill Gates has wrong about "advanced" nuclear reactors. mronline.org If nuclear power needs to be part of the climate solution, why not continue to use what we have? I understand the reactors that we have are aging out. But why not either shore those up or use the same design that we currently have where we wouldn't have to go through the lengthy and […] | April 19, 2021 | Newswire…

Abdul Rahman (2021-04-19). Hopes for revival of nuclear deal rise despite provocations against Iran. peoplesdispatch.org Despite provocations such as the attack on Iran's Natanz nuclear facility on April 11, the discussions to restore the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or the nuclear deal continue through the mechanism of the joint commission…

Newsclick (2021-04-19). DNA from cave dirt now tells us how ancient humans lived. peoplesdispatch.org Newsclick editor-in-chief Prabir Purkayastha talks about how researchers were able to unearth Neanderthal DNA by excavating cave floors. This will greatly expand the possibility of finding nuclear DNA which until now was only available from bones and teeth. Thumbnail Image Credit — Javier Trueba/Madrid Scientific Films…

ecns.cn (2021-04-19). Japan's decision to dump nuclear wastewater 'extremely irresponsible': experts. ecns.cn Chinese experts have condemned Japan's unilateral decision to discharge nuclear wastewater into the sea, calling it "extremely irresponsible."

Jason Ditz (2021-04-19). US Warns Israeli Attacks Interfering With Iran Nuclear Deal. news.antiwar.com The Biden Administration The current round of Vienna talks opened concurrently with the Israeli sabotage, and the US says they are worried that Israel will derail these talks with its activities. The US seems interested in distancing itself from the incident. | It seems fair to accuse Israel of trying to sabotage the process, as they've been publicly unhappy ab…

IFIMES (2021-04-19). Opportunities And Threats Of Iran's Return To 2015 Nuclear Deal — Analysis. eurasiareview.com There were some conflicting speculations regarding the position of US President Joseph Biden's administration on Iran's nuclear program, as optimists believed the new President would return to the nuclear deal as soon as he entered the White House, while pessimists announced that the decision to return to that deal would be very difficult if not impossible under the conditions agreed with President Barack Obama in October 2015. Many things have changed during Donald Trump's tenure as president, as have many attitudes towards the nuclear deal, which today requires that the details of the deal be reconsidered an…

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-04-19). EU's Borrell cites progress in Iran nuclear talks. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 19 (MNA) — The European Union Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell says that he saw a willingness to save the JCPOA in Iran nuclear talks in Vienna, adding that there was progress in talks to bring Washington back to the accord.

Staff (2021-04-19). Progress can be seen in Vienna talks: Berlin. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 19 (MNA) — A spokesperson of the German government announced progress in the current Iranian nuclear talks in Vienna.

RT (2021-04-18). Russia's Rosatom likely to get barred from $7-bn Dukovany nuclear plant tender, Czech minister says, amid ammo depot blast scandal. rt.com Russia's Rosatom will likely be barred from tendering for refurbishing the Dukovany nuclear power plant, the Czech industry minister said, amid scandal over a 2014 munitions depot blast, blamed by Prague on Russian intelligence. | The Russian state-owned nuclear energy corporation will likely be kicked out of the pre-qualification round for the Dukovany project, Czech Industry Minister Karel Havlicek said on Sunday. | "I can't imagine that Rosatom would be in the safety assessment at this moment," he told local TV. | The move comes after Prague accused Russia's military intelligence of being involved in an inc…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-18). Earthquake hits Iranian province housing nuclear power plant. middleeasteye.net Earthquake hits Iranian province housing nuclear power plant | Five people reported injured in quake centred 100km from the Bushehr nuclear complex located on country's Gulf coast | Sun, 04/18/2021 – 12: 56 | An Iranian government official said there were no reports of damage at the Bushehr nuclear complex (AFP) | A magnitude 5.9 earthquake on Sunday struck Iran's southern province of Bush…

Double Down News (2021-04-18). Video: The Terrifying $1.2 Trillion Plan that Could Kill 90% of Humanity. globalresearch.ca The US will soon review its nuclear weapons programme. | Should it …

sputniknews (2021-04-18). Israeli Officials Say Vienna Talks May Ultimately Lead to US Returning to Iran Deal – Reports. sputniknews.com Tehran has repeatedly slammed the United States and its allies for their "double standards", blaming the West for attacking Iran's nuclear program – which, Iran insists, is designed to serve purely peaceful purposes – while ignoring Israel's alleged possession of a whole arsenal of nukes.

RT (2021-04-18). Iran Says It's Identified Suspect Behind 'Explosion' At Natanz Nuclear Site. eurasiareview.com Iran's intelligence service has named a suspect in the 'explosion' that damaged the Natanz power plant last week. It says the culprit, identified as a man from a town near the nuclear facility, has already fled the country. | "Reza Karimi, the perpetrator of this sabotage… has been identified" by the intelligence ministry, Iranian state television announced on Saturday. | Karimi was described in the report as a 43-year-old male who was born in the town of Kashan, not far from the Natanz facility. | Tehran had earlier blamed the incident on its arch-rival Israel and promised to retaliate. The Jewish state, wh…

World Nuclear News (2021-04-18). Stakeholders Reach Consensus On Indian Point Transfer. eurasiareview.com A joint agreement has been reached between the State of New York, Entergy, Holtec and other stakeholders to provide for the transfer of the Indian Point nuclear power plant to Holtec for decommissioning and site remediation. It also resolves pending litigation concerning…

EurActiv (2021-04-18). EU To Table 'Climate Taxonomy', Leaving Gas And nuclear For Later. eurasiareview.com By Frédéric Simon | ( The EU executive is due to publish on 21 April the first section of its "sustainable finance taxonomy," a long list of economic activities plus the specific rules they must meet to be labelled as gre…

Staff (2021-04-18). Earthquake causes no damage to Bushehr nuclear power plant. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 18 (MNA) — None of the facilities, equipment, and buildings of Bushehr nuclear power plant have been damaged by the Sunday earthquake that occurred in Ganaveh County of Bushehr province.

Staff (2021-04-18). US not lift sanction unless ensure Iran adheres to commitment. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 18 (MNA) — The US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said that the White House will not lift sanctions imposed against Iran unless it (US) ensures that Iran has complied with its nuclear obligations.

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