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 27, 2012

IAEA in the News

U.N. nuclear chief Amano to stand for another term United Nations nuclear agency chief Yukiya Amano, a major figure in international diplomacy on Iran’s disputed nuclear activity, will seek another four-year term in 2013, the Vienna-based watchdog said on Wednesday. Reuters

IAEA Projections Show Nuclear Growth, Despite Fukushima The International Atomic Energy Agency’s latest projections for nuclear power generating capacity show continuing growth despite the March 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear accident, with a steady rise in the number of nuclear power plants in the world in the next 20 years. NucNet / Reuters / WNN

Other Nuclear News

Ahmadinejad slams West’s ‘nuclear intimidation’ Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused the West and Israel of nuclear “intimidation”, after US President Barack Obama vowed to halt Tehran’s alleged weapons program. AFP / Reuters

Netanyahu brings fears about Iran nuclear ambitions to UN, believes sanctions have failed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will make his case against Iran before the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, arguing that time is quickly running out to stop the Islamic Republic from becoming a nuclear power and the threat of force must be seriously considered. AP / AFP

China opposes sanctions on Iran China on Wednesday reiterated its opposition to sanctions on Iran over Tehran’s controversial nuclear program. Xinhua / RIA Novosti

Iran pushes ahead in building nuclear reactor Iran appears to be making headway in building a research reactor that could yield potential nuclear weapon material, adding to Western concerns about Tehran’s atomic aims, experts and diplomats say. Reuters

Nuclear watchdog to have outline of new safety standards by next March The head of Japan’s new nuclear watchdog body has said that it plans to complete an outline of new tougher safety standards for nuclear power plants by the end of March, a prerequisite for restarting some of the nation’s 48 of 50 reactors that are currently idle. Asahi Shimbun

India yet to address issues on civil nuclear liability law India is yet to address the concerns of American companies with regard to civil nuclear liability laws, a senior administration official has said, noting that the two countries, nevertheless are making progress on the implementation of civil nuclear agreement. PTI

Kudankulam fuel loading to take 10 days to complete The loading of uranium-enriched fuel bundles in the first reactor at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) is progressing at a steady pace and would take another 10 days to complete, a senior official said. IANS

S. Korea, US to discuss renewing nuclear pact South Korea and the United States will hold working-level talks later this week to discuss renewing their nuclear cooperation agreement, the Foreign Ministry said in Seoul Tuesday. Xinhua

Vermont begins shipping radioactive waste to Texas Nearly 20 years after the Vermont and Texas Legislatures first agreed to have Vermont ship low-level radioactive waste to the Lone Star State, the first shipments of waste have been made. AP

UAE becomes associate member of multinational nuclear evaluator The UAE’s nuclear regulator has become an associate member of the Multinational Design Evaluation Programme (MDEP), which includes national regulatory bodies from a number of major, nuclear energy states, a statement from the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) said Wednesday. KUNA

Kalinin 4 accepted for commercial operation A ceremony has been held to mark the formal acceptance for commercial operation of unit 4 of the Kalinin plant by its owner, Rosenergoatom. WNN

Tanzania: Local Atomic Energy Body Dispels Uranium Fears The Tanzania Atomic Energy Commission (TAEC) Director General, Prof Iddi Mkilaha, has called upon the public to support the country’s uranium development initiatives, urging that Tanzania has the capacity to safeguard against possible radiation. Tanzania Daily News

Richard Rhodes Writes A Play About Reagan, Gorbachev and Nuclear Weapons Richard Rhodes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of 24 books, has written his first play, and it spins off of his research into the history of nuclear weapons NYT

Opinion and Analysis

Keeping nukes safe from cyber attack FP

Editorial: Ten years on, little progress made Japan Times

Nuclear industry slowed by its own waste Atlanta Journal