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For the first time, a top Iranian politician has said that his government has the knowledge, skills and technology needed to produce the enriched uranium used in atomic bombs, but that it will never do so.

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Fred Branfman was in Laos when the U.S. began covertly dropping bombs on the country's civilian population in 1969 as part of its military operations in neighboring Vietnam. Today, he writes about the Obama administration's international counterterrorism plan, which involves 60,000 Special Operations forces worldwide. (more)

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The founders of Global Zero, including Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev and Sir Richard Branson, want to do for nuclear disarmament what Al Gore and other environmentalists did for climate change. While the vast majority of the world's citizens seem to favor going nukeless, the issue has been confined to the back burner.

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Adding fuel to the fire from President Bush's "World War III" comment about the threat a nuclear-equipped Iran would pose to the world, Vice President Dick Cheney said on Sunday that the U.S. and like-minded nations "will not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon." However, Cheney was less than clear about exactly how this nuke-thwarting process might take place.

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The Sunday Times has learned that Israel is considering the use of tactical nuclear weapons in order to eliminate Iran's nuclear program. According to Israeli military sources, the plan would be implemented only if the United States refused to act militarily or analysts decided a conventional attack would be unsuccessful. (h/t: Largest Minority)

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At a time when the U.S. is desperate to contain nuclear programs in North Korea and Iran, President Bush has signed off on legislation that allows for nuclear trade with India, a nation that refuses to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The deal squares with this administration's nuclear policy, which has been at its best inconsistent and at its worst catastrophically negligent.

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Truthdig's editor in chief argues that President Bush could defuse the nuclear standoff with North Korea by coddling its attention-starved leader--similar to what Nixon did with China. "Hell, Bush might even empathize with Kim's desire to escape from the shadow of a father from whom he inherited his crown."

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