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.

August 13, 2012

Nuclear News

Israeli Minister Asks Nations to Say Iran Talks Have Failed Amid intensifying Israeli news reports saying that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is close to ordering a military strike against Iran’s nuclear program, his deputy foreign minister called Sunday for an international declaration that the diplomatic effort to halt Tehran’s enrichment of uranium is dead. NYT

Outset of nuclear crisis called ‘hellish’ The situation at the outset of the crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March 2011 was “hellish,” the former chief of the stricken plant recalled. Masao Yoshida gave his impression of the disastrous situation following the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in an interview that was screened at a symposium in Fukushima on Saturday. Jiji Press

DPJ to set up research commission on future nuclear energy policy The ruling Democratic Party of Japan will establish a research commission to determine what ratio of electricity should be generated by nuclear energy in 2030 as the nation scales back its reliance on nuclear power. Asahi Shimbun

Pak amasses nuclear arsenal to counter India: US report Seeking to counter India, Pakistan is making qualitative and quantitative improvements to its nuclear arsenal and could increase the number of circumstances under which it would use them, a US congressional report has said. PTI

Nuclear and renewable energy to test German grid Germany will have to deploy a range of technologies and strategies to protect its grid from a continuing power supply overhaul, after shutting a swathe of its nuclear fleet and with a rapid rise in intermittent renewable power. MENAFN

Namibia to explore nuclear energy option The Minister of Mines and Energy (MME), Isak Katali, says the inadequate supply of power in Southern Africa leaves the door open for the possibility of a nuclear power station in Namibia. New Era

Capsule marks Belarus’ nuclear future The president of Belarus has helped bury a capsule at the site of the country’s planned new nuclear power plant at Ostrovets, marking a significant occasion in that country’s journey towards energy independence. WNN

Opinion and Analysis

Humanity Should Not Live Under Nuclear Threat Inter Press Service

Could Israel Safely Deter a Nuclear Iran? Atlantic

Israel and the US would come to deeply regret air strikes against Iran Guardian

UAE, Australia Sign Nuclear Fuel Agreement – Still a Few Bumps in the Road OilPrice.com

A permanent solution for spent nuclear fuel is needed now Keene Sentinel