Reuters reported Thursday that negotiations between the UN's nuclear watchdog (IAEA) and Iran - aimed at securing inspector access to sites where the Iranians are suspected of having conducted military-related atomic work - "appear not to have substantively advanced," with the agency tersely announcing that "Iran did not propose any new measures during the meetings in Tehran" and that no date had been set for renewing negotiations.
Diplomats had flown into Tehran for two days of talks aimed at making progress on Iranian transparency measures, just over a month after the IAEA issued a blistering report
blasting the Islamic republic for failing to meet four out of five transparency obligations by an agreed August 25 deadline. The same report noted that the Iranians had instead spent the time destroying evidence in a way that "likely... further undermined the Agency’s ability to conduct effective verification." The Jerusalem Post reported that
Western officials in Vienna reacted to the news of the talks' failure by emphasizing that continued Iranian stonewalling could jeopardize broader efforts to secure a nuclear deal between the P5+1 global powers and Tehran. At stake are international concerns over the so-called possible military dimensions (PMDs) of the Iranian nuclear program, the central significance of which has sometimes been underplayed
by voices within the foreign policy community. While the P5+1 is charged with negotiating over Iran's uranium work, its plutonium work, and its ballistic missile work - all of which the Iranians are obligated by half a dozen United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions to roll back - the IAEA seeks to establish the scope of Iran's overall atomic program, including in those three more specific areas. The mandate stretches beyond full-blown weaponization work, and into military involvement in uranium mining, centrifuge construction, and so on. Full Iranian disclosure is considered a minimum to establishing a robust verification regime: The IAEA can't verify that Iran has met its obligations to limit uranium work, for instance, unless it knows the full scope of the uranium work that's being done. PMD-related transparency is seen as not just another issue - say, one that Iran could refuse to trade away by making concessions in other areas - but as a prerequisite to verifying Iranian compliance across all issues.
TOYOTA Information Technology Center is co-hosting a meetup/hackathon in Israel to find new initiatives for automotive technology. The October 23-24, 2014 event in Tel Aviv will be the first tech event put on by a large Japanese corporation in Israel, allowing programmers and entrepreneurs to present ideas on improving car safety and performance, Toyota announced. The event will take place in cooperation with the Japan Innovation Center, Israel Japan Chamber of Commerce and Samurai Incubate. The goal is to match Israeli start-ups with Japanese corporations. The HackCars event is aimed at entrepreneurs, designers, UX, and product managers interested in innovation, tech and business development. The event will focus on the Big Data field as a part of the automotive industry and smart cars that can communicate with the driver. Participants will work on mobile applications and smartphone products, connecting automatically to the car. “Participants are going to hack and create new services,” a Toyota press release reads. “This could be the icebreaker, says Kazunari Okada, Japan Innovation Center’s CEO. “Working together, Israel and Japan can do some amazing things, and I firmly believe that the relationship between both countries will soon grow significantly.” (via Israel21c)