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 11, 2012

IAEA in the News

“Frustrated” IAEA wants immediate access to Iran site The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog pressed Iran on Monday to grant his inspectors immediate access to the Parchin military site, where they believe Tehran may have conducted explosives tests relevant to the development of nuclear weapons. Reuters / AFP / VOA

UN nuke chief: access to Iran site necessary now The head of the U.N. nuclear agency made an unusually strong demand Monday for Iran to cooperate with an investigation into suspected secret work on nuclear weapons, expressing his frustration with the lack of headway in the probe. AP

Iran sets conditions for agreement with IAEA The Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency has said that two conditions should be met before an agreement can be reached between Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog for further investigation into the country’s nuclear activities. Tehran Times

Nuclear safety boosted to help avert another Fukushima -expert Many countries have taken concrete steps to improve safety at nuclear power plants to help prevent extreme natural hazards such as earthquakes from causing another Fukushima-style disaster, the chairman of an expert meeting said on Friday. …Speaking after a four-day conference at the Vienna headquarters of the United Nations’ atomic agency, Antonio Godoy, an Argentinean seismic expert, said the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan had prompted real change in the industry. Reuters

IAEA concerned about North Korea’s nuclear programme The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is concerned about North Korea’s nuclear programme, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano told the session of the Council of the IAEA Board of Directors that has opened in Vienna. TASS

Cuba Denounces Obstacles for Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy Cuba denounced at the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) limitations on access to radioactive materials for health and food security as a result of the U.S. blockade on the island. Prensa Latina

A team of officials from the Indian atomic energy regulator was Monday doing the final studies of the first reactor at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP), said a top official. A team of officials from the Indian atomic energy regulator was Monday doing the final studies of the first reactor at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP), said a top official. …According to NPCIL officials, the fuel-loading process would take around one week and the observers from International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) may come at the start or at the end as KNPP reactors fall under the safeguard agreement that was signed with the former. IANS

Other Nuclear News

Japan To Appoint Leaders Of New Nuclear Regulator Next Week Japan’s prime minister will appoint five candidates chosen by the government to lead the country’s new nuclear regulatory body on Sept. 19, without approval from the increasingly divided parliament. Nikkei / Xinhua

DPJ set out policy for zero nuclear power by 2030s The ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) put forward to the Japanese government on September 7 a proposal for the country’s mid- and long-term energy policy, which has been compiled based on the opinions put together at DPJ’s energy and environment research committee. Denki Shimbun

No nukes only solution for world: Evans Nuclear bombs still pose an unacceptable threat to mankind, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, former foreign minister Gareth Evans says. AAP

China must strengthen its nuclear capabilities, says daily China should accelerate the renewal and consolidation of its nuclear deterrence capabilities, said a state-run Chinese daily that wanted the momentum to be continued, so that “other players in the Asia-Pacific region gradually adapt to it”. IANS

Kudankulam: Anti nuclear protests spread to Chennai The protests against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project today spread to Chennai with members of various parties and outfits being arrested for staging road blockade in various parts of the city. PTI

Nuclear weapons testing infrastructure eliminated in Kazakhstan The entire workload to eliminate the infrastructure for testing nuclear weapons at the former Semipalatinsk nuclear testing ground in Eastern Kazakhstan has been done this year, Erlan Batyrbekov, director of the National Nuclear Center’s Nuclear Physics Institute has announced. Interfax-Ukraine

Opinion and Analysis

An Israeli strike won’t delay Iran’s nuclear weapons program. It will start it CSM

Questionable start for NRC The Japan Times