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 18, 2012

IAEA in the News

Iranian Official Says Blasts Targeted Nuclear Sites Iran’s most senior atomic energy official revealed on Monday that separate explosions, which he attributed to sabotage, had targeted power supplies to the country’s two main uranium enrichment facilities, including the deep underground site that American and Israeli officials say is the most invulnerable to bombing. NYT / AP / Reuters

IAEA chief vows to continue talks with Iran The head of the UN atomic agency said Monday he wants to hold more talks with Iran on suspicions of past nuclear weapons research activities, despite the failure of a string of meetings this year. AFP / Reuters / Press TV

IAEA defends nuclear energy post-Fukushima Using nuclear technology for the production of energy remains its best peaceful application, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said from Vienna. UPI

IAEA, WANO Sign New MoU For Safe Operation Of Nuke Power Plants The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for increased cooperation between the two organizations following the Fukushima nuclear accident of March 2011. RTNews / Xinhua

China supports IAEA’s role in resolving nuclear issues China has always supported the nuclear non-proliferation efforts of the international community and the nuclear safeguards activities of the Agency, said Wang Yiren, head of the Chinese delegation, in his statement to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) general conference Monday. Xinhua

VN promotes nuclear peace Viet Nam will co-operate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and other international oganisations in all nuclear energy related issues for peaceful purposes, said Minister of Science and Technology Nguyen Quan yesterday at the 56th annual IAEA General Assembly in Austria. VNS

Radioactive kitchenware boosts fears over hazardous imports Port authorities in Colombo, Sri Lanka, detected radiation emitting from the shipment, and subsequent testing last week by the Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Authority found that the products contained cobalt 60 – an extremely dangerous artificial radioactive element used in radiotherapy for the treatment of cancer. …The AEA has now ordered the 40ft container-load of domestic and professional kitchenware to be sent back to India, and the International Atomic Energy Agency has been notified. DIYWeek

Other Nuclear News

Turkey hosts nuclear meeting EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will meet with Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili in Istanbul today, as tensions mount over Tehran’s disputed atomic program, her office said. Hurriyet Daily News / WSJ

Iraq says Israel must join NPT Iraq said Monday any attempt to clear a Middle East region from nuclear weapons should include Israel’s joining to the Non–Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and placing its nuclear facilities to the IAEA’s inspection. KUNA

Engaging NK only option to resolve nuclear program: ex-US envoy A policy of engagement with North Korea is the only viable option to resolve the North’s nuclear weapons programs, but Seoul and Washington must set “strict standards” to prevent Pyongyang from backsliding and repeating its nuclear hide-and-seek, a former U.S. point man on North Korea said Tuesday. Korea Times

Major powers recognize Mongolia as nuclear weapons free Mongolia, jammed between nuclear arms giants Russia and China, on Monday secured a unique pledge from the major powers not to breach its self-declared nuclear weapons-free zone. Bangkok Post

Opinion and Analysis

The B61 bomb: A case study in costs and needs WP