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 23, 2012

IAEA in the News

IAEA to review Rajasthan nuke facility on Oct 29 Even as anti-nuclear protests rage in Kudankulam over safety of the nuclear power plant there, an operational safety review team (OSART) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna, will make its maiden visit to India on October 29. The team will inspect safety practices followed by the Rajasthan Atomic Power Station in its 3 and 4 units at Rawatbhata near Kota. Hindustan Times

Other Nuclear News

Iran’s Envoy to IAEA Urges CTBTO to Block All Sorts of N. Tests Tehran condemned production and test of atomic arms, and called on the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) to do its best to block all kinds of nuclear tests. FNA

Myanmar Making Progress in Severing Military Ties With North Korea: U.S. The United States believes that Myanmar is on the right track towards giving up its remaining military ties with North Korea but recognizes it will take time, the U.S. envoy for the North Korean nuclear dispute said on Monday. Reuters

India gets ready for Kodak moment at Kudankulam nuclear power plant India is set to cross a major hump in its nuclear power programme with the Kudankulam plant expected to begin generating power within a month after it goes critical in the next 10 days, marking an end to prolonged delays due to local protests and anti-nuclear activism. TNN

Surprisingly Japan declines to join 16 UN countries in outlawing nuclear weapons On Monday the Japanese government stated that it would not agree to join an initiative with 16 other countries from the U.N. to work towards outlawing nuclear weapons worldwide. The reason given was because it would not align with Japan’s security alliance with the United States. The refusal to join such a plan comes as a surprise, as Japan, the only nation to have ever had a nuclear weapon used against it, is usually seen as the forefront of the movement to end the world’s use of nuclear power. Japan Daily Press / Kyodo

New nuclear safety standards being discussed for enforcement in July next year The Nuclear Regulation Authority, launched in September this year, decided at an October 19 extraordinary meeting on the preparation of new safety standards including regulatory measures to prevent severe accidents. The Authority will form an expert review team to start discussing the details of regulation from October 25. Denki Shimbun

Japan’s radiation monitoring unreliable: Greenpeace Government radiation monitoring in areas near Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is unreliable, Greenpeace charged on Tuesday, with heavily populated areas exposed to 13 times the legal limit. AFP

Opinion and Analysis

Romney Draws Line at ‘Nuclear Capable’ Iran WSJ

Fact check: Iran’s ‘Green Revolution’ in 2009 LA Times

A lesson in restraint: What China tells us about Iran WP

Boost Phase FP

The case for nuclear power Japan Times

Nuclear tourism brings millions of profit Pravda