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 15, 2012

Nuclear News

Iran’s foreign ministry says country ready for flexibility at nuclear talks Iran is ready to show flexibility at nuclear talks to ease Western concerns over its contentious nuclear program, its foreign ministry spokesman said on Saturday, as tensions rise in the standoff between the Islamic Republic, Israel and the West. AP / RIA Novosti / PressTV

EU plans to introduce new sanctions against Iran European Union governments plan to ratchet up sanctions pressure against Iran over its nuclear program on Monday, approving new measures against Tehran’s banking sector, industry and shipping. Reuters / AP

U.S. Suspects Iran Was Behind a Wave of Cyberattacks American intelligence officials are increasingly convinced that Iran was the origin of a serious wave of network attacks that crippled computers across the Saudi oil industry and breached financial institutions in the United States, episodes that contributed to a warning last week from Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta that the United States was at risk of a “cyber-Pearl Harbor.” NYT

Japan Power Company Admits Failings on Plant Precautions Tokyo Electric Power Company, the operator of Japan’s stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, admitted for the first time on Friday that it had failed to take stronger measures to prevent disasters for fear of inviting lawsuits or protests against its nuclear plants. NYT

CPM reiterates support for Kudankulam nuclear plant The CPM on Sunday once again pledged support to the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project in Tamil Nadu — though with a safety audit. IANS

Russia hints price may go up for Kudankulam III, IV A day ahead of his talks here, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin on Sunday said Russia respected India’s nuclear liability law, but indicated that the price of Kudankulam reactors III and IV may have to be renegotiated. IANS

Pakistan’s nuclear watchdog agrees to undergo financial audit Pakistan’s strategic asset control body, which controls Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal, has finally agreed to give access to auditors to scrutinise its accounts, as the parliament’s accountability arm gears up its campaign against all audit-dodging departments. InterNews

Nuclear group Urenco attracts potential buyer French nuclear company Areva is thought to be examining a bid for British atomic fuel producer Urenco. City A.M.

Areva to mothball Trekkopje project The launch of the Trekkopje uranium mine in Namibia will be postponed until market conditions improve, Areva has announced. WNN / New Era

Lithuanians sway toward opposition parties Lithuanians exasperated with economic hardship handed a stunning victory to a populist party led by a disgraced Russia-born millionaire, nearly complete results of Sunday’s election show, while voicing resounding disapproval of plans to build a costly new nuclear power plant. AP

Egypt: Shura Council to Discuss Construction of Al-Dabaa Nuclear Plant The Shura Council will discuss on Tuesday the construction of Egypt’s first nuclear power plant at al-Dabaa with head of the Nuclear plants Authority (NPPA) attending. Egypt State Information Service

Gillard to Promote Uranium Sales in Visit to Power-Starved India Julia Gillard will use her first visit to India as Australia’s prime minister to begin uranium-sale talks, looking to open up a new market after appetite for nuclear fuel waned in the wake of Japan’s Fukushima disaster. Bloomberg / Sydney Morning Herald

Govt urged to detail link to Cambodia’s nuclear plan Anti-nuclear activists have called on the Thai government to clarify its involvement in Cambodia’s controversial plan to construct a nuclear power plant in the border province of Koh Kong. Bangkok Post

Poland sticks to plan to build $15.8 bln nuclear power station Poland will pursue its plan to build the country’s first nuclear power station, a government member said on Monday, playing down suggestions from commentators that the 50 billion zlotys ($15.8 billion) investment might be scrapped. Reuters

Opinion and Analysis

Fuse to Iran’s nuclear timebomb is longer than we might think Scotsman

Without U.S. aid, will Russia keep scrapping its nuclear arsenal? WP