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 21, 2012

IAEA in the News

Arab nuclear “goodwill gesture” fails to impress Israel, U.S Arab states said on Thursday they had decided as a “goodwill gesture” to refrain from targeting Israel with a resolution over its assumed nuclear arsenal at the U.N. atomic agency’s annual assembly this week. Reuters

Iran’s Top Atomic Official Says Nation Issued False Nuclear Data to Fool Spies Iran’s top atomic energy official said in an article published Thursday that because of foreign espionage, his government had sometimes provided false information to protect its nuclear program, which Western powers and Israel have called a cloak to develop a nuclear weapons capacity. NYT

UAE calls to establish nuclear arms-free Middle East The UAE has called on all countries in the region to make a positive commitment to the establishment of a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East. Wam

Kuwait Says: All Nuclear Activities in the Middle East Should Be Under IAEA Safeguards System Kuwait has called for putting all nuclear activities in the Middle East including Israel, under the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards system. BNA

Israel asks IAEA for inspection of Soreq reactor Israel has traditionally avoided speaking publically about its nuclear policy but an exception has been noted this week when the Israeli delegate at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) gave a speech at the organization’s General Conference in Vienna Wednesday. Ynet

Other Nuclear News

Israel shuns nuclear-free Mideast summit Israel will not attend a conference on the creation of a nuclear-free Middle East scheduled to take place in Finland, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Thursday. AFP

China opposes pressure, new sanctions on Iran China is not in favor of putting excessive pressure or imposing new sanctions on Iran over Tehran’s controversial nuclear program, a senior Chinese diplomat to the UN said here on Thursday. Xinhua

Quebec shutters sole nuclear plant as Ontario eyes more Quebec Premier Pauline Marois announced Thursday that the province’s only nuclear power plant would be closed, as activists went to court to try to prevent new reactors from being built in neighboring Ontario. AFP

(Japan’s) nuclear regulatory body faces mountain of urgent tasks Five members of the new nuclear regulatory commission, headed by Shunichi Tanaka, showed strong determination to ensure the safety of the nation’s nuclear facilities and restore public confidence, based on lessons learned from the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. Yomiuri Shimbun

European Nuclear Base Security Tightened Over Years, U.S. Brass Says Security at European bases where U.S. tactical nuclear weapons are stored has tightened in recent years, heightening confidence that they would not be vulnerable to intrusions of the kind seen at a Tennessee atomic facility in July, an Air Force general said on Tuesday. GSN

First U.S. Laser Enrichment License Expected by Month’s End Following action by a key federal body on Wednesday, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is expected by the end of this month to issue the nation’s first commercial license for a laser-based means of atomic fuel production. GSN

Asian Nuclear Industry Showing Major Signs Of Growth The nuclear industry in Asia is expanding with many countries building and planning new plants. Bernama

Opinion and Analysis

Lessons from an Iranian war game WP

Nuclear deal? New North Korea and Iran pact raises international concern CSMonitor

Govt must retract zero nuclear target for good of economy Yomiuri Shimbun