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 8, 2012

IAEA in the News

With ‘sabotage’ charge, Iran takes hostile tone with U.N. watchdog Iran is ratcheting up pressure on the U.N. agency responsible for overseeing the country’s nuclear program, accusing its inspectors of engaging in spying and sabotage and threatening to restrict U.N. access to Iranian nuclear facilities. WP

IAEA Hails Progress Achieved By Belarus In Developing Nuclear Infrastructure A report released by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), UN’s nuclear watchdog, on Friday praised the progress achieved by Belarus in developing its nuclear infrastructure, and noted that the country will soon be able to support the construction of a nuclear power plant. RTT / BelTA

Other Nuclear News

Iran Denies Plan to End Nuclear Standoff Iranian officials on Saturday dismissed a New York Times report saying Iran had offered a “nine-step plan” for resolving a standoff with the United States and its allies over its disputed nuclear program, calling the report “baseless.” NYT

Iran ‘confidence’ bid shifts uranium to fuel stock In a bid to ease international concerns over its nuclear program, Iran has converted more than a third of Tehran’s most highly enriched uranium into a powder for a medical research reactor that is difficult to reprocess for weapons production, experts and U.N. monitors say. AP

U.S. Envoy Touts Trade Norms for Curbing Sensitive Nuclear Activities A senior State Department official this week said voluntary international guidelines should help prevent two potential U.S. atomic trade partners from engaging in sensitive nuclear activities, but her remarks left some Capitol Hill nonproliferation advocates seething. GSN

Noda inspects stricken nuclear plant, orders accelerated decontamination efforts Wearing full protective gear, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda went on an inspection tour of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant here Oct. 7 and ordered officials to accelerate decontamination efforts. Asahi Shimbun

Kudankulam: Anti-nuclear activists to ramp-up protest at sea Stepping up their protest against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), spearheading the stir, would lay siege to the sea at about 500 meters away from the KNPP on Monday. India Express

Regulator warns on electricity risks In a sign of how badly the UK needs new nuclear reactors, the energy regulator warned Friday that Britain faces a potential shortfall in electricity generation in the next three to four years. FT

Opinion and Analysis

Effective nuclear safety measures urgently needed Yomiuri Shimbun

UK limits nuclear waste disposal options: Wynn Reuters