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.

October 2, 2012

IAEA in the News

Nuclear waste: bury it deep, say the planners Don’t expect the cut and thrust of debate when nuclear waste planners gather to discuss what to do with the world’s tonnes of radioactive spent fuel. … Worldwide, 240,000 tonnes of spent fuel from nuclear reactors is in storage, mostly in surface facilities, according to Alexander Bychkov of the International Atomic Energy Agency. The Star

Five Hospitals Capitalising on Nuclear Medicine Technology Five hospitals are equipped with nuclear medicine technology – a safe, painless, and cost-effective technique to capture the image of human body structure to treat diseases, said Deputy Health Minister Datuk Rosnah Rashid Shirlin. … Rosnah said the Ministry of Health and the Atomic Energy Licensing Board were getting consulting assistance from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the use of technology, especially for training and research. Bernama

Other Nuclear News

Iran Says Israel Transgressed ‘Red Line’ With Nuclear Arsenal The world should speak out against Israel’s nuclear arsenal rather than setting a “red line” for Iran, the Persian Gulf country’s defense minister was cited as saying by the state-run Iranians Students News Agency. Bloomberg / FNA

Iran rejects PGCC-U.S. joint statement Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast on Monday dismissed the allegations made against Iran in the most recent joint statement issued by the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council and the United States. Tehran Times

West must abandon hostile stance on Iran: Envoy Iran’s Ambassador to Moscow Seyyed Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi has reaffirmed Tehran’s readiness to hold constructive talks with the six major world powers (P5+1), saying the West should abandon its hostile position on the Islamic Republic. PressTV

Despite Duel at U.N., Israel and Iran May Talk Nukes by Year’s End After watching combative speeches by the leaders of Israel and Iran this week at the United Nations, many would be surprised to learn that the two rival nations might actually sit down together by December to discuss the future of nuclear arms and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East. GSN

EU nuclear stress test results finalized this week A European Union-wide safety review of nuclear reactors is expected to be finalized later this week, and will include recommendations on additional safety measures required at some power plants. Reuters / WSJ / dpa

German Investigators Uncover Illegal Exports Recent arrests suggest that Germany remains a hub for sales of prohibited supplies to Iran that are being used in Iran’s nuclear program. Spiegel

North Korean minister: Hostile US policy pushes Korean peninsula to brink of nuclear war A North Korean minister lashed out at the United States on Monday, warning that its “hostile” policy has left the Korean peninsula a spark away from a nuclear war. AP

J-Power to Restart Work on New Nuclear Plant Japan’s stated policy of eventually ending its dependence on nuclear power has suffered another apparent setback with the announcement Monday that construction will restart on a nuclear plant in northern Japan after three local municipalities gave their consent. WSJ

Russia: Nuclear Terrorism Drills Attract 58 Nations’ Security Forces The United States and 57 other nations took part in nuclear terrorism drills in Moscow beginning on Thursday and ending on Saturday, according to U.S. intelligence and Israeli security sources. Eurasia Review

Bulgaria PM to Freeze Talks on Belene NPP until Referendum Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has said that the talks with the private investor interested in the implementation of the Belene NPP should be stopped until the results of a referendum on the project come out. Sofia News Agency

Russia and Bulgaria fall out over Belene nuclear plant Bulgaria’s decision to abandon construction of the Belene nuclear plant, which Russia’s state energy company Rosatom was building, could damage its economy and the environment. Rossiyskaya Gazeta

Kudankulam nuclear plant can be shut if found unsafe: Supreme Court The Centre on Thursday asserted that the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant was safe enough to withstand a Fukushima-type disaster but the Supreme Court said it would not hesitate to stop the project irrespective of the amount of money spent on it if the installation was found wanting in safety aspects. TNN

Swiss energy strategy relies on imports and gas Residents will see their electricity costs rise as Switzerland makes more use of fossil fuels on its way to phasing out nuclear power under the country’s proposed new energy strategy. WNN

Nuclear safety breach as radioactive waste is sent to recycling plant Radioactive waste has gone astray because of blunders at one of Scotland’s main nuclear power stations,the Sunday Herald can reveal. Herald Scotland

Nuclear plant in Abu Dhabi set to be operational in five years Abu Dhabi’s nuclear power plant is “on track” to go online by 2017. The National

Opinion and Analysis

Iran rallies support for nuclear program FP

TKACIK: China builds nuclear arsenal while rest of the world disarms Washington Times

Labour’s Trident Policy is a Cold War Relic: Time for a Serious Reappraisal Huffington Post