IAEA again highlights Iranian nuclear concerns

by Srishti Punja

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) officially released its quarterly report on Iran's nuclear programme on 16 September, revealing a significant decrease in the overall size of its uranium stockpile since the last report in May.

It estimated that the total has dropped by 799.7 kg to 2,441.3 kg “due to the use of uranium enriched up to 2% U-235 to produce uranium enriched up to 5% U-235”. This total includes uranium hexafluoride gas (UF6), uranium oxides and their intermediate products, uranium in fuel assemblies and rods, and in liquid and solid scrap.


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Jacobs finishes buying software firm BlackLynx

by Marc Selinger

US engineering firm Jacobs has completed its previously disclosed acquisition of data analytics software provider BlackLynx, expanding its footprint in the US Intelligence Community, Jacobs announced on 19 November.

Jacobs is initially paying USD250 million for BlackLynx. It will pay an additional USD7.5 million if certain financial goals are met.

BlackLynx is based in Rockville, Maryland, and employs more than 130 people. Its customers include the US Department of the Air Force and the US National Reconnaissance Office.


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China, Russia approve 2021–25 road map to increase military co-operation

by Jon Grevatt

China and Russia have agreed on a road map to deepen co-operation on military patrols and exercises. The agreement was announced a few days after the two countries' air forces held joint patrols over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea that featured Chinese H-6K (pictured) and Russian Tu-95 bombers. (Japan Air Self-Defense Force)

China and Russia have agreed to expand military collaboration over the coming five years, Russia's Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 23 November. The move will facilitate deeper co-operation in joint patrols and military exercises.


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Philippines makes rare rebuke of China at ASEAN summit

by Ridzwan Rahmat

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has issued harsh words against China in his statement during a summit hosted by Beijing with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries on 22 November.

The rare rebuke came in the wake of a stand-off between Chinese and Philippine vessels at the Second Thomas Shoal in the South China Sea. The feature, also known as the Ayungin Shoal in the Philippines, is claimed by both Beijing and Manila as part of their respective maritime territories.

In 1999 the Philippine Navy deliberately grounded a landing ship tank, BRP Sierra Madre


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