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 29, 2012

IAEA in the News

U.N. nuclear chief sees no progress on Iran concerns The U.N. nuclear chief said on Thursday that no progress had been made in trying to clarify concerns about possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear programme, despite “intensive efforts” by his agency. Reuters / AFP / AP

IAEA to use Fukushima Prefecture facility as a base for nuclear crisis cooperation The International Atomic Energy Agency plans to use a Fukushima Prefectural Government facility as a base for joint operations to deal with the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant meltdown crisis, Japanese government sources said Wednesday. Kyodo

Nigeria Plans Safety Measures For Nuclear Power The Nigerian government has stressed its commitment to engage the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and relevant stakeholders, in ensuring safe application of radioactive materials in its quest for power generation to drive economic growth. Ventures

Other Nuclear News

Iran “will press on with enrichment” – nuclear chief Iran will go on refining uranium “with intensity” and the number of enrichment centrifuges it has operating will rise substantially in the current year, the country’s nuclear energy chief was quoted as saying on Wednesday. Reuters / AP / Xinhua

NRA to question TEPCO executives Officials of Japan’s nuclear regulatory body are set to question executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company over safety policies at its nuclear plants. NHK

Fukushima inquiry reports become bestsellers Two of the four inquiries into the Fukushima disaster are selling well in bookstores ahead of national elections in which nuclear power is likely to be a polarizing policy issue. Asahi Shimbun

India to host workshop on nuclear security The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) today informed that a workshop on building new synergies on nuclear security is being organized by India in cooperation with the UN Office of Disarmament Affairs from November 30 to December 1. Asian News International

Giant 100-meter sarcophagus constructed at Chernobyl nuclear plant The milestone first stage of the new sarcophagus for Chernobyl’s nuclear power station has been completed. The unique construction to safely contain the radioactive emissions of Chernobyl for the next 100 years will be ready by October 2015. RT

France Will Need Energy Spending After Atomic Debate, Batho Says France’s energy future, to be decided by a national debate starting tomorrow, will require “considerable” extra investment in the coming years, according to Environment and Energy Minister Delphine Batho. Bloomberg

Radioactively contaminated zones cleaned up in Azerbaijan’s capital Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Emergency Situations has completed cleaning up the territories of the production units of the former Baku Iodine Factory in Sabunchu and Surakhany districts from the coals containing radionuclides. Azerbaijan Press Agency

Opinion and Analysis

Japan’s Nuclear Mistake New York Times

Mideast nuclear-free vision turns into a mirage Toronto Star

Israel is right to back away from war with Iran despite nuclear fears Guardian