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 23, 2012

IAEA in the News

IAEA chief “not too optimistic” ahead of Iran meeting The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Wednesday he was not confident there would be a breakthrough with Iran over the Islamic republic’s nuclear activities when talks resume later this week. Reuters

Other Nuclear News

North Korea’s Nuclear Arsenal Expected To Multiply Expect more surprises from the Korean Peninsula. Estimates for new nuclear materials delivered to the North Korean nuclear weapons program reveal that the country could have enough to build 37 to 48 nuclear devices by 2016. IBTimes

Japanese Leader Meets With Antinuclear Protesters For the first time since antinuclear rallies began months ago outside Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s office, a dozen protesters were allowed inside on Wednesday for a half-hour meeting that the fledgling movement hailed as a victory. NYT

Nuclear option nixed by 50% on energy policy poll A government opinion poll on future energy policy options showed Wednesday that nearly 50 percent of respondents want atomic power off the table by 2030. Kyodo

New Yamaguchi governor to freeze plan to build nuclear plant Yamaguchi’s new governor said Wednesday he will freeze the planned construction of a nuclear plant in the prefecture now that the central government is rethinking its atomic energy goals in light of the triple-meltdown crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant. Kyodo

2 Fukushima men suffer internal radiation exposure from homegrown vegetables Two Fukushima Prefecture men in their 70s suffered a relatively high level of internal radiation exposure by consuming homegrown vegetables contaminated with radioactive cesium, a survey by the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Medical Science has found. Mainichi

Fukushima nuclear plant worker dies of heart attack A worker at Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has died of a heart attack, the operator said Thursday, the fifth death at the power station since it was hit by the tsunami of March 2011. AFP

Sites for contaminated soil unveiled / Government proposes building 12 facilities to store Fukushima’s radioactive waste At a meeting with local governments, Environment Minister Goshi Hosono proposed 12 possible sites in Fukushima Prefecture for interim storage facilities to house soil and other waste contaminated by radioactive substances released by the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. Yomiuri Shimbun

Activists question plan to ship plutonium to NM Nuclear watchdogs are fighting a proposal to ship tons of plutonium to New Mexico, including the cores of nuclear warheads that would be dismantled at an aging and structurally questionable lab atop an earthquake fault zone. AP

India’s nuclear safety report warns of Fukushima-like disaster The national auditor’s report on India’s nuclear safety has raised concerns over a weak regulatory body. NDTV

Uranium from seawater said attainable goal U.S. scientists say they’re making progress towards a 40-year-old dream of extracting uranium for nuclear power from seawater. UPI

Opinion and Analysis

What The Latest IAEA Report Tells About The Future Of Nuclear Energy Seeking Alpha

Satisfying India’s thirst for power could be nation’s biggest challenge WP

Kundakulum: Questioning India’s Capability To Guarantee Nuclear Safety IPCS

The significance of Tehran summit WP