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 28, 2012

Nuclear News

Netanyahu: Iran could have bomb by next summer if it does not face a ‘red’ line Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that a firm ultimatum to Iran is the only peaceful way to stop the regime in Tehran from getting atomic weapons, increasing pressure on President Obama weeks before the U.S. presidential election. WP / NYT / RIA Novosti / Xinhua

Iran claims right to retaliate, after Israel UN speech Iran has warned it is ready to retaliate against attack after Israel’s prime minister urged a red line to be drawn over its nuclear programme. BBC

Israeli Foreign Ministry Calls for More Sanctions on Iran An internal report prepared by Israel’s Foreign Ministry calls for an additional round of international sanctions against Iran, an Israeli official confirmed on Thursday, in what appeared to be a rare Israeli acknowledgment that there might still be time to try to stop the Iranian nuclear program by means other than military action. NYT

World powers said open to more nuclear talks with Iran, even as Netanyahu argues time is short World powers decided Thursday to lay the groundwork for another round of negotiations with Iran over its disputed nuclear program, a senior U.S. official said, but they want a significantly improved offer from the Islamic republic. AP

Russia warns against isolating Iran over nuclear issue Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has severely warned against the ramifications of West’s scenario to isolate Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program. PressTV

N. Korea’s nuclear standoff tops agenda at security forum in China Long-standing tensions over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program will top the agenda of an annual security conference that brings together all key regional players committed to resolving the communist country’s nuclear drive, a diplomatic source said Wednesday. Yonhap

Tunnel at N. Korea’s nuclear test site damaged by typhoon One of two new tunnels at North Korea’s nuclear test site was damaged by a recent typhoon and heavy rains, but appears to have only minor damage, a Seoul government source said Wednesday. Yonhap

New nuclear regulatory body not to continue “stress tests” Japan’s new nuclear regulatory authority will not continue the current procedure to assess the safety of reactors for their reactivation because it plans to create fresh criteria, the authority’s head Shunichi Tanaka said Monday. Kyodo

Int’l Nuclear Terrorism Drills Kick off in Moscow International exercises in countering nuclear terrorism started here Thursday, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said. Xinhua / ITAR-TASS

RF, US convert Maria nuke reactor in Poland, remove HEU Russia and the United States on Tuesday successfully completed the conversion of the Maria nuclear reactor in Poland and removal of highly enriched uranium from the facility, the press service of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the US Department of Energy announced later in the day. ITAR-TASS / WNN

France and Britain Weigh the Price of Nuclear Deterrence There were reports on Thursday of stirrings within the British military about the need to scale back the country’s nuclear deterrent in order to spend the money on confronting more conventional threats. NYT

Bulgaria’s ruling party submits draft resolution on Belene NPP Bulgaria’s ruling party “Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria” and the Coalition for Bulgaria have each submitted a draft resolution on the Belene nuclear power plant. ITAR-TASS

Opinion and Analysis

U.N. nuclear inspectors in “acute dilemma” if Iran faces attack Reuters

What 371 metric tons of uranium hexafluoride could mean to Iranians FP