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 26, 2012

IAEA in the News

Developing Countries Keenly Interested In Nuclear Power: IAEA Developing countries continue to show keen interest in nuclear power, says Yukiya Amano, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). RTTNews

Other Nuclear News

Iran Reveals More About What It Calls Foreign Sabotage Iran said Tuesday that it had amassed new evidence of attempts by saboteurs to attack Iranian nuclear, defense, industrial and telecommunications installations, including the use of computer virus-infected American, French and German equipment. NYT / FNA

Obama vows before UN to halt Iran bomb President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday the United States would not permit Iran to arm itself with nuclear weapons, as the UN General Assembly heard appeals for an end to Syria’s civil war.
/ AFP / AP / Reuters / RIA Novosti / PressTV

Ahmadinejad dismisses war threats on Iran nuclear program, says he seeks dialogue Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday dismissed threats of military action against Iran’s nuclear program, asserting that his country’s project to enrich uranium is only for peaceful purposes and disputing that the country worries at all about an Israeli attack to destroy Iran’s nuclear capacity. AP

Bill Clinton not persuaded by Iran on nuclear weapons Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said Tuesday he does not trust Tehran’s assertions that it is not pursuing a nuclear weapon, and he urged the international community to pressure Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to allow inspectors to verify his claims. CNN

China nuclear reactor program to resume in fourth quarter : report China’s ambitious reactor building program is set to resume in the fourth quarter following a suspension imposed after Japan’s March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, official media reported on Wednesday. Reuters

Switzerland: 3 Found Guilty of Aiding Libya’s Nuclear Weapons Program Three men were found guilty on Tuesday of helping supply material and know-how to Libya’s atomic weapons program almost a decade ago. AP / dpa / AFP

US nuclear agency approves building NC uranium-enrichment plant using classified technology A nuclear power partnership of General Electric Co. and Tokyo-based Hitachi Ltd. received federal approval Tuesday to build the first plant to enrich uranium for use in commercial reactors using a classified laser technology. AP

No Nukes: UN Reaffirms Test Ban Treaty 50 Years After Cuban Missile Crisis We are still relevant! This was the rallying cry of Tibor Toth, the executive secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization, in a statement to reporters on Monday. IBTimes

40 percent fuel loading over at Koodankulam plant About 40 per cent of the fuel loading work at Unit 1 of the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant Project (KKNPP) has been completed in a week’s time. IBNLive

Loose Nuke Smugglers Caught With Uranium Seven individuals were reportedly arrested for allegedly trafficking uranium and weapons in a breakaway region of Moldova. ABC

Turkey Part of Nuclear Terrorism Convention While acknowledging it is close to producing its own nuclear power program, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry announced late Sept. 24 that it had deposited its instrument of ratification for the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism (ICSANT). Hurriyet Daily News

British nuclear fuel rods arrive from Sellafield British nuclear fuel rods arrived on Germany’s North Sea coast for the first time since the 1980s on Sunday. The Local

NRC approves NextEra St Lucie nuclear power uprate The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved a power uprate for Unit 2 at Florida Power & Light’s (FPL) St. Lucie nuclear power plant in Florida to increase the reactor’s output by 17 percent from about 853 megawatts (MW) to 1,002 MW. Reuters

New team for nuclear startup reviews An industry team that will review safety of new nuclear power plants before they start up has been assembled by the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) at a new office in Hong Kong. WNN

Fuel deal by French nuclear giants Newly signed contracts have seen one of Areva’s largest ever uranium orders, which will help to secure over 20 years’ fuel supply for EDF’s reactors. WNN

French painter causes radioactive scare in court A French painter and peace activist triggered a security scare on Tuesday when he smashed a glass container with a slightly radioactive pigment in a courthouse, calling the act “performance art”. AFP

Opinion and Analysis

Analysis of satellite images shows halt in North Korea work on new launch pad AP

Vote: Should the World Increase its Reliance on Nuclear Energy? WSJ