April 13, 2010
Nonproliferation experts from the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) have been quoted in major media around the globe in recent days on nuclear disarmament related issues:
- An April 13 article in the Asia Times assessing how the US-India deal that allows India to acquire spent nuclear fuel from the U.S. could influence the Nuclear Summit quotes Miles Pomper of CNS. According to Mr. Pomper, a senior research associate at CNS, the “real problem with the deal is that it gives India a better deal in terms of reprocessing rights from the U.S. than both Japan, which is a non-nuclear state, and Euratom, which is a mix of European nuclear and non-nuclear states.” The Asia Times quotes from Miles Pomper are used in a number of other news outlets such as the Bombay News.
- On April 13, the Dallas Morning News was one of a number of newspapers nationally to carry a McClatchy Newspapers wire story quoting CNS Deputy Director Leonard S. Spector regarding the outcome of the Nuclear Summit.
- An April 12 article from Reuters about China’s nuclear diplomacy quotes Monterey Institute Professor Jing-Dong Yuan. Professor Yuan explained the dilemma China faces trying to join the club of recognized nuclear states while promoting nuclear disarmament elsewhere.
- On April 11, Mr. Pomper was quoted in the Washington Post regarding the Nuclear Summit, with his comments focusing the need for greater attention to education and training in the area of nuclear security.
- An April 10 news analysis on the Huffington Post by Michael J. Martin quotes CNS Deputy Director Patricia Lewis. Dr. Lewis contends that the new US policy should put China at ease as it “should be much clearer to China that nuclear weapons will only be used for defensive purposes.”
- An April 10 story on the announcement at the start of the Nuclear Summit that Ukraine would transfer its stockpiles of enriched Uranium to the US on the popular website Politico.com quotes CNS Director William Potter. While acknowledging the significance of the Ukrainian commitment, Dr. Potter reminds us of a previous move in the same direction in 2008: ”The proof will be when it’s actually consummated.”
- An April 8 TIME article about the dangers of unsecured nuclear arsenal and the potential for disaster after the recent earthquake in Chile also quotes Dr. Potter. The article focuses on US efforts to secure nuclear weapon materials where they are vulnerable because as Dr. Potter points out, “If you are a terrorist, you don’t necessarily go where there is the most material. You go where the material is most accessible.”