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 18, 2012

IAEA in the News

U.N. nuclear chief rejects Iran “saboteurs” accusation The U.N. nuclear chief said on Wednesday that Iran’s allegation his agency may have been infiltrated by saboteurs was baseless and voiced concern about “intensive activities” at the Parchin military installation that his inspectors want to examine. Reuters

IAEA seeks Iran nuclear ‘clarification’ The European Union has imposed more sanctions against Iran as part of its attempt to force the Iranians to abandon their nuclear programme. …Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said that the IAEA can verify that declared activities and material are used for “peaceful purposes”. BBC

Nuclear trafficking getting more professional: IAEA chief Terrorist groups trying to get hold of nuclear weapons on the black market are becoming more sophisticated and the world needs to do more to prevent sensitive material from falling into their hands, the U.N. nuclear chief said on Wednesday. Reuters

Terrorists ‘acquire nuclear container to smuggle uranium’ Terrorist groups have acquired a “container” to smuggle uranium undetected past the global network of sensors to prevent a dirty bomb, the head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog has warned. Telegraph

IAEA to conduct nuclear infrastructure mission to SA The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will conduct an integrated nuclear infrastructure review (INIR) mission to South Africa during February next year, the Department of Energy (DoE) confirmed on Wednesday. Engineering News / Business Day Live

Other Nuclear News

Nuclear Desalination Best Step Forward for UAE, Says Masdar Institute Faculty The UAE’s water and energy security will receive a major boost if the desalination plants can be linked to nuclear power. Nuclear desalination is a well-known technology and the number of plants currently operating across the world strongly indicates the advantage, according to Dr. Youssef Shatilla, Dean of Academic Programs, and Professor – Mechanical Engineering, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology. Abu Dhabi City Guide

Australia, India take first steps on nuclear deal Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Wednesday agreed to open negotiations to export uranium nuclear fuel to energy-hungry India after meeting her counterpart Manmohan Singh in New Delhi. AFP / IANS / BERNAMA

Watchdog to check fault beneath Oi nuclear plant The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) decided Wednesday to conduct a field survey of a geological fault running directly under Kansai Electric Power Co.’s plant in Oi, Fukui Prefecture–currently the only nuclear power plant operating in Japan–on Nov. 2 to determine whether the fault is active. Yomiuri Shimbun

How will nuclear waste at Kudankulam be handled: SC asks govt The Supreme Court today asked the government what mechanism it will put in place to handle nuclear waste at the Kudankulam power plant once it becomes operational. PTI

Designing nuclear warning signs to last millennia So you have 4 million highly-radioactive used nuclear fuel bundles. They are safely stored 500 metres underground. It’s going to take about 1 million years before they are safe to juggle. CBC News

Opinion and Analysis

Mr. Putin’s Gift to Terrorists NYT

Global Insider: Russia’s Nunn-Lugar Exit Could Free Up Nuclear Security Resources World Politics Review

Three strikes for Indian nuclear? Power – Engineering

Time to Test Iran Project Syndicate

EU-Iran: too early for optimism The Voice of Russia