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 30, 2012

IAEA in the News

U.N. nuclear watchdog sets up “Iran Task Force” The United Nations’ nuclear watchdog has set up a specialised Iran Task Force to handle its inspections and investigation of the Islamic state’s disputed atomic activities, an internal document showed on Wednesday. Reuters / AFP / AP

Arabs may not press Israel resolution at IAEA meeting Arab states may decide against targeting Israel over its assumed nuclear arsenal at the U.N. atomic agency’s annual conference so as not to imperil wider efforts for a nuclear weapons-free Middle East, diplomats say. … A senior diplomat said Arab countries would criticise Israel but were divided over whether to submit a resolution on the issue to next month’s General Conference of the United Nations’ 154-nation International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Reuters

Israel angered over IAEA vote on nuclear arsenal Israel has become infuriated by a fresh initiative of Arab member states of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) which seeks to launch a global campaign to slam Israel’s possession of nuclear stockpile. PressTV

Iran: IAEA Aware of Israel’s Involvement in Assassination of N. Scientists Iran’s Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency Ali Asqar Soltaniyeh announced on Tuesday that Iran has provided the IAEA with documents proving Israel’s direct involvement in the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists. FNA

Other Nuclear News

Iran starts NAM summit under sharper UN nuclear scrutiny Iran on Thursday lifted the curtain on a summit of non-aligned states it presented as a diplomatic triumph, but the event was held under the cloud of intensified UN scrutiny of the Islamic republic’s nuclear programme. AFP

All nations with potential for developing nukes should join CTBT – Ban Ki-moon The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appealed to all nations with a potential to develop nuclear weapons to join the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty without delay. Voice of Russia

Russia Calls on U.S. to Ratify Nuclear Test Ban Treaty U.S. ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) will speed up the document’s entry into force, the speaker of the upper house of the Russian parliament said on Wednesday. RIA Novosti

Hans Blix calls for a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East A former head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog has urged Middle East leaders to strive for a region free not only of nuclear weapons but the capacity to enrich uranium, too. The National

U.S. Hails Russia’s Readiness for Nuclear Cuts The United States welcomes Moscow’s willingness to further reduce nuclear weapons and reiterates that American missile shield in Europe is not aimed against Russia, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of State said. RIA Novosti

Belarus may buy nuclear fuel outside Russia Belarus may potentially buy nuclear fuel from sources other than Russian suppliers, Deputy Energy Minister of Belarus Mikhail Mikhadyuk told BelTA at the online conference hosted by the BelTA website on 29 August. BeLTA

CIS peaceful nuclear energy agreement comes into force in Belarus Signed in Moscow on 14 September 2007, the agreement on cooperation in forming and sharing information resources and in creating and developing information systems of the member nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States in the area of peaceful uses of nuclear energy has been passed in Belarus. BeLTA

South Africa Hasn’t Determined Nuclear Plan Cost, Motlanthe Says South Africa hasn’t determined the cost and affordability of its program to build nuclear power plants, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said. Bloomberg

Fresh consent to operate Kudankulam nuclear plant The Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant received a fresh consent order to operate from the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, on Wednesday. TNN / CNN-IBN

Nuclear security award given to former US senators US senator Richard Lugar and former senator Sam Nunn were honoured on Wednesday for their role in helping ex-Soviet states secure and dismantle huge stocks of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. Guardian / AP

Radioactive Metal Thieves Get 8 Years A Ukrainian court sentenced eight members of a criminal group to up to eight and a half years in prison for trading in radioactive materials stolen from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the Kiev City Prosecutor’s Office said on Tuesday. RIA Novosti / Interfax Ukraine

Opinion and Analysis

Japan Strives to Go Nuclear-Free NYT

Is a nuclear fuel bank a good investment? BOAS

Public must play a role in shaping nuclear futures The National

How Climate Change May Affect Nuclear Power Plants Energy Collective