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.

September 6, 2012

IAEA in the News

IAEA shows diplomats images of suspected Iran nuclear clean-up The U.N. nuclear watchdog showed a series of satellite images on Wednesday that added to suspicions of clean-up activity at an Iranian military site it wants to inspect, Western diplomats said, but Tehran’s envoy dismissed the presentation. Reuters

N Korea accuses IAEA of aggravating nuclear standoff North Korea on Wednesday accused the UN atomic agency of aggravating a dispute over its nuclear programme by siding with the United States. AFP

Other Nuclear News

Russia: no sign Iran developing nuclear arms -Ifax Russia sees no evidence that Iran’s nuclear program is aimed at developing weapons, the Interfax news agency quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying on Thursday. Reuters

A Classified CIA Mea Culpa on Iraq This remarkable CIA mea culpa, just declassified this summer and published here for the first time, describes the U.S. intelligence failure on Iraq’s non-existent weapons of mass destruction as the consequence of “analytic liabilities” and predispositions that kept analysts from seeing the issue “through an Iraqi prism.” FP

Investigators fault nuclear culture The failure of utilities and nuclear regulatory authorities to prepare for monster tsunami and other crises, made obvious by last year’s catastrophe at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, was the result of a Japanese institutional problem that blurred where the responsibilities lie. Japan Times

Tokyo Power Company President Urges Retaining Reactors Japan would be foolish to abandon nuclear power, the operator of the ravaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station warned Wednesday, saying the company had not ruled out reopening two of the plant’s less-damaged reactors as well as four others at a nearby sister site. NYT

Two slightly injured in accident at French nuclear plant A steam leak due to an accidental chemical reaction on Wednesday at France’s oldest nuclear plant led to two people being slightly burnt and renewed calls to reduce the country’s heavy reliance on atomic energy. AFP / Reuters / NYT / AP

Nuclear fuel to be loaded in Kudankulam plant Nuclear fuel rods will be loaded into the first reactor of India’s Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in the next few days, Alexander Lokshin, first deputy general director of Rosatom, said Wednesday. IANS-RIA Novosti

Atomic Energy Regulatory Board releases annual report The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) has released its Annual Report for the year 2011-2012, which brings out the safety status of the nuclear and radiation facilities regulated by it. India Blooms

US nuclear bombs will remain in Germany American nuclear weapons will not be removed from Germany, despite their departure being a long-term aim of the German government, it has emerged. The Local

NRC Looking Into Wash. Nuclear Plant’s 11-Year-Old Mistake The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission is looking into an 11-year emergency planning mistake at the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant. Northwest Public Radio

Furore over nuclear power plant in Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan and the relevant agencies set up to actualize Nigeria’s dream of becoming a “nuclear power” are excited that the national nuclear power programme has reached an advanced stage. NGR Guardian

Taliban threat: Nuclear site in DG Khan cordoned off Following ‘serious’ security threats from the homegrown Taliban, the Army and Punjab police have deployed heavy forces at one of Pakistan’s largest nuclear facilities in Dera Ghazi Khan (DG Khan), credible sources told The Express Tribune. Express Tribune

Opinion and Analysis

AQ Khan Speaks to Foreign Policy FP

Nuclear fuel bank or nuclear graveyard? Asia Times

Should Negotiations With Iran Be Given a Chance? Atlantic

‘Zero nuclear’ policy would betray Aomori govt on reprocessing plant Yomiuri Shimbun