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 29, 2012

IAEA in the News

Vietnam seeks nuclear power infrastructure from IAEA Vietnam News Service reported that Viet Nam is seeking more support from the International Atomic Energy Agency and countries with advanced nuclear power industries to develop the infrastructure for its nuclear power program. Vietnam News Service

Arab states lead call to censure Israel’s own nuclear program Muslim nations and Israel are heading for a confrontation at a 154-nation nuclear meeting next month over an Arab initiative to criticize Israel’s secretive atomic program. … In asking September’s International Atomic Energy Agency meeting to reprimand Israel, Jordan says Israel is guilty of thwarting “all initiatives to free the region of the Middle East of weapons of mass destruction, and in particular of nuclear weapons.” AP

Other Nuclear News

Iran will not relinquish right to enrichment: IAEA ambassador The Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency insisted on Tuesday that Iran will not relinquish its right to uranium enrichment. Tehran Times

Iran denies plans to show nuclear sites to diplomats Iran said on Tuesday it has no plans to show its nuclear sites to diplomats visiting Tehran for this week’s Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit, despite an earlier offer by a deputy foreign minister. Reuters

UN Rules out Ban Visit to Iran N-plant The UN yesterday denied Iranian media reports that Secretary General Ban Ki-moon would visit the Natanz nuclear plant while attending the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran this week. dpa

UN leader to press Iran on nuclear drive, rights UN leader Ban Ki-moon will stress to Iranian leaders this week that they must take “urgent” action on the country’s nuclear drive and human rights, a UN spokesman said. AFP / NYT

Unused nuclear fuel from Fukushima No. 4 reactor pool intact Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it found no significant abnormalities in a bundle of unused nuclear fuel rods removed from the storage pool of the No. 4 reactor of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. Asahi Shimbun

Governor backs referendum on Hamaoka nuclear plant The governor of Shizuoka Prefecture said he will support holding a local referendum on restarting the Hamaoka nuclear power plant, which is regarded as a ticking time bomb. Asahi Shimbun

The health effects of Fukushima The stresses of personal involvement in the evacuation, management and cleanup related to the Fukushima nuclear accident have emerged as the biggest factors in ill health for Japanese people. WNN

Federal memo criticizes nuclear cleanup contractor The company hired to design and build a massive plant at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site should no longer have authority over its design, according to an internal U.S. Department of Energy memo released Tuesday. AP

Safety checks on reactor vessels While investigations continue into possible manufacturing defects in the reactor pressure vessel of unit 3 of Belgium’s Doel nuclear power plant, nuclear safety authorities in other countries are assessing vessels of plants supplied by the same manufacturer for similar flaws. WNN

Nuclear Regulatory Commission keeping close eye on Hurricane Isaac The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it is monitoring Hurricane Isaac as it approaches the Gulf Coast. AP

Opinion and Analysis

The World Is Over-Armed And Peace Is Under-Funded Eurasia Review

A self-defeating policy on Iran FP

Iran or the US? India caught in a diplomatic dilemma DW

Is India’s nuclear safety worth only 500 rupees? Reuters