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.

November 8, 2012

IAEA in the News

Amano: Nuclear power safer than before 3/11 The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog says nuclear power is safer than before the 2011 meltdown crisis started at the Fukushima No. 1 atomic plant, now that countries have upped preparedness for natural disasters. Kyodo

Engaging with Asia to boost food security Agriculture experts from across Asia and the Pacific are in Perth this week as part of a workshop aimed at developing new crop varieties adaptable to climate change. The week-long workshop is hosted by the Department of Agriculture and Food. It forms part of the Asia and Pacific Regional Technical Cooperation program organised by the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency and the Food and Agriculture Organisation. Farm Weekly

Other Nuclear News

Iranian ministry suggests openness to nuclear talks A sober analysis assessing the possible threat of a military confrontation over Iran’s nuclear program and highlighting the benefits of negotiations to avert a deeper crisis has been published by a surprising source: Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence WP

Iran Condemns British PM’s “Unreal Claims” The Iranian Foreign Ministry in a statement deplored the allegations raised by British Prime Minister David Cameron against Iran’s peaceful nuclear program, calling them as “vain and unreal claims”. FNA

Iran complains to UN over Israeli threat of attack, vows retaliation Iran late Wednesday complained to the United Nations about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanjahu’s threat to attack its nuclear sites, and said it reserves the right to retaliate if the threat is carried out. KUNA

Minister: Bushehr N. Power Plant Fully Operational in 2 Months Iranian Energy Minister Majid Namjou said that the country’s first nuclear power plant in the Southern port city of Bushehr will go into operation with maximum power generation capacity within next two months. FNA

Japan utility battling nuclear crisis airs action plan, says more government funding needed The Japanese operator of the nuclear power plant devastated in last year’s disasters is seeking more government financial support, saying the cost of the cleanup could be double the 5 trillion yen ($62.5 billion) allocated so far. AP

South Korea to investigate nuclear plants South Korea’s nuclear watchdog will investigate all 23 of the country’s atomic plants, amid a scandal that has forced the shutdown of two reactors and a resignation offer from the head of the state power company. FT

Opinion and Analysis

Iran and the nuclear threat will define President Obama’s second term Independent

Nuclear Power and Superstorms Don’t Mix Time