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 9, 2012

Nuclear News

Iran’s Ahmadinejad says anyone stockpiling atom bombs “retarded” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday the age of nuclear deterrence was long gone and any country still stockpiling nuclear weapons was “mentally retarded”. Reuters / Pakistan Daily Times / UPI

Ahmadinejad wants direct talks with US on nuclear issue President invited all nuclear scientists to inspect Iran’s nuclear sites to observe that there is no weapons program inside Iran. IRNA / Xinhua / Voice of Russia

Czechs to rely more on nuclear energy Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas says his government is finalizing a plan to dramatically increase the country’s nuclear power production. AP / Reuters

South Korea finds cracks in control rod tunnels at nuclear plant South Korean nuclear regulators have found microscopic cracks in tunnels that guide control rods at a nuclear plant under maintenance, government officials said on Friday, raising new concerns over the country’s nuclear power sector. Reuters / CNN

N Korea ready to conduct nuke, missile tests South Korea’s defence minister said on Thursday that North Korea has completed preparations for another nuclear test, and would also test-launch long-range missiles sometime in the future. The News International

Nuclear watchdog forced to apologize again for error-plagued maps Japan’s new nuclear industry watchdog is under a cloud again, after admitting to additional errors in its maps caused by faulty weather data on the expected spread of radioactive substances from a nuclear accident. Asahi Shimbun

China nuclear reactor approval process back to normal-CNNC China’s approval process for nuclear reactors is now back to normal following the publication of new guidelines for the sector late in October, the chairman of China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC) said on Friday. Reuters

Top regulator supports re-evaluating earthquake risks at nuclear plants Recent earthquakes demonstrate the need for the nation’s nuclear industry to re-evaluate the geologic hazards facing power plants, a process that has already started, the new chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said this week. AP

Opinion and Analysis

Japan’s nuclear future: Rokkasho and a hard place Economist

Fears of low nuclear radiation run high Deutsche Welle

An Array of Relationships for Obama to Strengthen and Redefine NYT