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 26, 2012

Nuclear News

US says no conference on nuclear-free Mideast for now, cites present conditions in region The U.S. says a proposed conference on banning nuclear weapons in the Middle East cannot be convened at this point because of current conditions in the region. AP / Sky News

Middle East WMD-free zone conference should be held before next April – MFA An international conference on setting up a zone free from weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East is due to be held before April next year, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs says in a statement. Voice of Russia

UK hopes Mideast nuclear talks can be held next year Britain said on Saturday it hoped a conference on banning nuclear weapons in the Middle East could take place “as soon as possible”, after the United States said it would not be held next month. Reuters

Japan intercepts N. Korea weapons-grade material bound for Myanmar North Korea tried to ship materials suitable for uranium enrichment or missile development to Myanmar via China this year, in violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution, The Asahi Shimbun has learned. Asahi Shimbun

Interview: Ghana to have nuclear energy in 15 years Ghana will start to generate electricity from nuclear energy in 15 years, or 10 years if things go smoothly, a Ghanaian nuclear power program coordinator has said. Power Engineering

NAM Supports Iran’s Rights to Use Peaceful N. Technology Members of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in a statement renewed their support for Iran’s inalienable right to use peaceful nuclear technology. FARS

Sri Lanka to sidestep sanctions on Iran: report Sri Lanka will sidestep US-led sanctions against Iran by diverting its oil payments towards a water management project that Tehran is funding in the island, a senior official was quoted Sunday as saying. AFP

Lee: Nuclear power plants ‘core staple’ for S. Korea President Lee Myung-bak said Monday atomic power plants are a key export industry that will help lift South Korea’s growth in the years to come, just as auto, shipbuilding and electronics industries have powered the country’s economy so far. Yonhap

WHO forecasts no significant increase in cancer patients in Fukushima Cases of cancer caused by radiation from the Fukushima nuclear accident will not increase significantly, although the risk facing infants near the plant has risen, a draft report by the World Health Organization said. Asahi Shimbun

Rice planting to resume in Fukushima Prefecture The town government of Hirono and the village government of Kawauchi in Fukushima Prefecture have decided to resume planting rice next year. Yomiuri Shimbun

Hopes of Home Fade Among Japan’s Displaced As cold northerly winds sprinkle the first snow on the mountains surrounding this medieval city, those who fled here after last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster are losing hope that they will ever return to their old homes. New York Times

UN rights envoy urges Japan to do more to protect health of nuclear crisis-hit residents A United Nations rights investigator has said Japan hasn’t fully served the health needs of residents and workers affected by the nuclear crisis and address their concerns. AP / Bangkok Post

Opinion and Analysis

‘SA not fit for nuclear expansion’ Mail and Guardian

Rush is on to raise power rates Japan Times

Nuclear arms control will become harder FT

Nuclear energy programme for electricity generation: Is Nigeria ready? The Guardian (Nigeria)