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 20, 2012

IAEA in the News

Syria accuses West of nuclear “double standards” over Israel Syria, itself suspected of illicit nuclear activity, accused the West at a major U.N. meeting on Wednesday of double standards in implicitly condoning an Israeli atomic arsenal and warned of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Reuters

India to ask IAEA for review of its nuclear regulatory process India is planning to approach the global atomic watchdog IAEA for a review of its nuclear regulatory process which has come under severe criticism from the government auditor and activists. IST/PTI

Jordan takes part in IAEA meeting Jordan is taking part in the 56th Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA currently held in Vienna, according to a statement by the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission JAEC. Petra

Azerbaijani Emergency Minister meets with Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, Colonel-General Kamaleddin Heydarov has held several mutual meetings within the 56th general session of International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. APA

Other Nuclear News

Iran: Top Nuclear Negotiator Calls Talks With Big Powers ‘Constructive’ Saeed Jalili, Iran’s top negotiator in talks with the big powers over his country’s disputed uranium enrichment program, called negotiations with Catherine Ashton, his counterpart, “constructive and helpful,” the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported on Wednesday. The talks on Tuesday in Istanbul, their first face-to-face meeting in three months, produced no breakthroughs, and it remained unclear when they would meet again. NYT / AP

Iran underlines ‘right’ to nuclear energy Military action against Iran would be “highly costly” for the US and threats issued by Mitt Romney as he tries to become the next American president are campaign rhetoric only and can be largely ignored, Ali Larijani, Speaker of the Iranian parliament, has told the FT. FT

Japan, Under Pressure, Backs Off Goal to Phase Out Nuclear Power by 2040 In an abrupt turnabout, the Japanese government on Wednesday stopped short of formally adopting the goal it announced just last week – to phase out nuclear power by 2040 – after the plan drew intense opposition from business groups and communities whose economies depend on local nuclear power plants. NYT / Kyodo/Jiji / Reuters / AP

Japan Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Plant Faces Further Delay Japan’s chief nuclear fuel reprocessing facility will complete its testing phase next year, the plant’s operator said Wednesday, pushing back its target date by one year but reaffirming its spent fuel recycling plans. WSJ

Japan watchdog: to set new rules for reactor restarts Japan’s new nuclear regulator plans to set new standards for allowing the restart of reactors kept closed in the wake of the Fukushima radiation crisis, its chairman said on Wednesday. Reuters

Whiteboards detail tense response to nuclear crisis The Nuclear Safety Commission has released 230 photos of two whiteboards covered in handwritten records of its desperate initial response to the Fukushima nuclear crisis, including the formation of “shock troops” to conduct ventilation operations. Yomiuri Shimbun

Radioactive shipment returned to India Sri Lanka has returned a metal shipment that arrived on an Indian vessel after local tests showed they were radioactive, the Power and Energy Ministry said here Wednesday. Xinhua

Joint Russian-Norwegian expedition detects no radiation leak A joint Russian-Norwegian expedition has detected no radiation leak from the drowned radioactive objects off the Novaya Zemlya archipelago in the Kara Sea. TASS

Opinion and Analysis

Talk to Iran’s Leaders, but Look Beyond Them NYT

Who’s Sabotaging Iran’s Nuclear Program? Daily Beast

Targets to cut carbon lag nuclear phase-out Reuters

Russia Uses Lesson of Chernobyl as a Selling Point for Its Reactor Technology Scientific American