IAEA Daily Press Review

The objective of the DPR is to present a general overview of international, English-language, media coverage of the IAEA and nuclear issues, that does not purport to be exhaustive. The following articles are obtained from external news sources for whose content the IAEA takes no responsibility.

January 30, 2012

IAEA in the News

IAEA Team in Iran for Talks as Lawmakers Draft Oil Bill International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors arrived in Tehran today for talks on Iran’s nuclear program while lawmakers drafted a ban on oil sales to Europe. Bloomberg / AFP / DPA / BBC

UN nuclear team hopes for progess on probing alleged Iranian arms program The head of a U.N. nuclear team traveling to Iran on Saturday urged the country to work with his mission on probing Tehran’s alleged attempts to develop an atomic arms program, adding such cooperation is long overdue. AP / Reuters / NPR

UN atomic agency urges Iran to cooperate The head of the UN’s atomic watchdog urged Iran Friday to engage constructively with a team of inspectors heading to Tehran, after a damning report on Iran’s nuclear programme. AFP

Iran vows to give nuclear answers Iran’s foreign minister expressed optimism Sunday that a visit by U.N. inspectors to Iran’s nuclear facilities would produce an understanding, despite world concerns that Iran is trying to build nuclear weapons. AP / TehranTimes / UPI

Iran’s envoy to IAEA is hopeful on eve of nuclear watchdog visit Iran’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency said Friday he is hopeful that the recent planned visit by representatives of the nuclear watchdog will “resolve any ambiguity and show (our) transparency and cooperation with the agency.” CNN

Panetta: Iran is one year away from producing nuclear weapon U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Sunday that Iran is only one year away from producing a nuclear weapon.
In an interview on the CBS show “60 Minutes,” Panetta said that the consensus is that, if they decided to do it, it would probably take them about a year to be able to produce a bomb and then possibly another one to two years in order to put it on a deliverable vehicle of some sort in order to deliver that weapon. Haaretz

Other Nuclear News

Israel warns time is running out before it launches strike on Iran Economic sanctions by the European Union and the United States can only be allowed a limited time period to prevent Iran from attempting to acquire a nuclear arsenal before a military strike must be contemplated, Israeli leaders have declared. Independent

Japan Post-Fukushima Reactor Checks ‘Insufficient,’ Advisers Say The hulking system that once guided Japan’s pro-nuclear-power stance worked just fine when everybody moved in lock step. But in the wake of a nuclear accident that changed the way this country thinks about energy, the system has proved ill-suited for resolving conflict. Bloomberg

Japan to Seek Investors to Renew Thermal Plants, Mainichi Says Japan’s government will look for investments from oil and gas companies to renew some thermal power-generating plants as a part of its plan to reorganize Tokyo Electric Power Co., the Mainichi newspaper reported. Bloomberg

Govt failed to keep records of key nuke meetings Japan’s deputy prime minister acknowledged Friday that the government failed to take minutes of 10 meetings last year on the response to the country’s disasters and nuclear crisis and called for officials to compile reports on the meetings retroactively. AP

Atomic-Free Japan by April Roils Debate on Economic Risks Japan will lose its last nuclear- generated power in April at the current rate of shutting down reactors for safety checks, cheering opponents of the industry after the Fukushima disaster while adding to concern about potential blackouts and factory shutdowns. Bloomberg / Reuters / Science-AAAS

Radiation testing on school lunches differs Municipalities are carrying out tests for radioactive substances on ingredients used in school lunches, but parents are worried whether their children are adequately protected as the tests are conducted in various ways. Yomiuri

Drive-by Scanning: Officials Expand Radiation Dose for Security Screening U.S. law enforcement agencies are exposing people to radiation in more settings and in increasing doses to screen for explosives, weapons and drugs. In addition to the controversial airport body scanners, which are now deployed for routine screening, various X-ray devices have proliferated at the border, in prisons and on the streets of New York. Boise Weekly

Nuclear science week inspires students, answers questions Most nuclear science lectures don’t involve costume changes. But Eric Loewen’s presentation Wednesday at the Illinois Institute of Technology was anything but ordinary. Medill

What Sweden can teach us about nuclear waste In 2010, the Energy Department set up a commission to figure out what to do with the country’s nuclear waste, after a planned repository at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain was nixed. WP

Is Spent Nuclear Fuel Really Waste? When the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future was established two years ago, after the Obama administration killed a proposed repository for nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, one of the items on its agenda was to determine whether spent nuclear fuel was in fact waste. NYTimes

Opinion and Analysis

Will Israel Attack Iran? NYTimes

Move to strike Iran lacks rationale GulfNews