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 31, 2012

IAEA in the News

Iran doubles underground nuclear capacity: U.N. agency Iran has doubled the number of uranium enrichment centrifuges it has in an underground bunker, a U.N. report said on Thursday, showing Tehran has continued to expand its nuclear program despite Western pressure and the threat of an Israeli attack. Reuters / AFP / NYT / WP / WSJ

US warns Iran after IAEA nuclear report The United States warned Iran on Thursday its window for opening serious talks is limited, after the UN nuclear watchdog said Iran had doubled enrichment capacity at its underground facility at Fordo. AFP

UN nuclear watchdog has ‘serious concern’ over NKorea North Korea’s nuclear programme is a matter of “serious concern,” the UN atomic agency IAEA said in a report released Thursday, referring in particular to two sites Pyongyang has stopped it from visiting. AFP

Other Nuclear News

Iran’s Khamenei Calls Nuclear Arms Use a ‘Big Sin’ Iran’s supreme leader said Thursday that the pursuit of nuclear weapons is a “big and unforgiveable sin” but he insisted Tehran will not abandon its “peaceful” atomic program. AP / UPI

Iran’s Nuclear-Arms Guru Resurfaces The Iranian scientist considered Tehran’s atomic-weapons guru until he was apparently sidelined several years ago is back at work, according to United Nations investigators and U.S. and Israeli officials, sparking fresh concerns about the status of Iran’s nuclear program. WSJ

Fresh nuclear talks with Iran within “days,” EU negotiator says Fresh talks with world powers on Iran’s disputed nuclear drive will be held “in the coming days,” the spokesperson for EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said on Thursday. AFP

S. Korea to upgrade preparedness against North’s cyber, nuclear attacks South Korea will develop a variety of offensive and defensive cyberwarfare weapons and reinforce manpower at the military cyber command, as part of its bid to enhance preparedness against threats of cyberattacks from North Korea’s military, the defense ministry said Wednesday. Yonhap

First nuclear material is out of Fukushima Investigations continue at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, and earlier this week the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) released photos of the first nuclear material that they’ve actually managed to get out of one of the reactors. Nature.com

Japan moves towards a strategy Analysis of opinion polls confirms public pressure to use as little nuclear energy as possible, while previous communication failures have all but eliminated power companies and the government from the debate. WNN

Madras HC gives nod for Kudankulam nuclear plant The Madras High Court today gave nod to the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) and said it poses no environmental impediments. Business Standard

Major uranium deposit found in Rajasthan In a major boost to the quest for deposits of uranium ore in the country, the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) has come across another site with a large deposit of the mineral in Rajasthan. The Hindu

Egypt may resume civilian nuclear program, Morsi says Egypt is considering reopening its nuclear energy program, President Mohammed Morsi told a group of Egyptian expatriates living in China on Wednesday evening. Israel Hayom

Panel of judges at NRC deny French company license to build reactor in Maryland The Nuclear Regulatory Commission can’t issue a license to a French company to build a new nuclear power plant in Maryland as long as the company is completely foreign owned, a panel of judges ruled Thursday. AP

Opinion and Analysis

Report on Iran Nuclear Work Puts Israel in a Box NYT

Will IAEA get stronger control over Iran’s nuclear program? Voice of Russia

After early successes, Obama struggles to implement disarmament vision Reuters

Cold comfort BOAS