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.

December 1, 2012

IAEA in the News

Amano Renews Call for Diplomatic Solution to Iran’s N. Issue Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano once again underlined the necessity for finding a diplomatic solution to Iran’s nuclear issue. Fars News Agency

U.S. gives Iran until March to cooperate with IAEA The United States set a March deadline on Thursday for Iran to start cooperating in substance with a U.N. nuclear agency investigation, warning Tehran the issue may otherwise be referred to the U.N. Security Council. Reuters / PanARMENIAN.Net

Any attack on Iran may lead to withdrawal from NPT: envoy Any military attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities may lead to the country withdrawing from the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), a pact designed to prevent the spread of nuclear arms, a senior Iranian official said on Friday. Reuters

Iran: Military Attack Cannot Stop Uranium Enrichment Iran says a military attack will not stop it from enriching uranium. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Iranian defiance at IAEA sparks Western ‘pessimism’ Iran fiercely rejected accusations of a nuclear weapons drive at the UN atomic agency Friday, making Western countries “very pessimistic” about prospects for diplomacy, as one diplomat put it. AFP

North Korea pushing ahead with new nuclear reactor, IAEA says North Korea has made further progress in the construction of a new atomic reactor, the UN nuclear chief reported on Thursday, a facility that may extend the country’s capacity to produce material for nuclear bombs. Reuters

Hackers did not steal sensitive nuclear information – IAEA The head of the U.N. nuclear agency said on Thursday a hacking incident involving one of its servers was “deeply regrettable” but suggested that no sensitive information related to Iran’s atomic activities had been stolen. Reuters

China hails progress in implementation of IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety China’s ambassador to the United Nations in Vienna said on Thursday that progress has been made in implementation of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Nuclear Action Plan on Nuclear Safety. Xinhua

Other Nuclear News

France’s love affair with nuclear cools For decades, the elite engineers turned out by Paris’s grand Corps des Mines academy were faithful followers of the pro-atomic creed that transformed their country into the most nuclear-reliant nation in the world. Reuters

Party leaders debate nuclear energy The leaders of 10 Japanese political parties took part in an online TV debate on Thursday. They exchanged opinions on nuclear energy policies in the run-up to next month’s general election. NHK

‘Something wrong’ in Tepco’s safety culture: Japan’s regulatory body chief Tokyo Electric Power Co. needs to improve its safety culture if it hopes to restart any of its idled reactors, the head of the Nuclear Regulation Authority signaled Wednesday, touching on a spate of problems seen before the Fukushima No. 1 meltdown crisis started last year. Kyodo

Taking iodine before fallout hits is key: NRC The Nuclear Regulation Authority released Friday the results of a computer simulation on how the use of iodine tablets by people around nuclear plants can protect their thyroids from excessive exposure to radiation in the event of a severe catastrophe. Kyodo

US Senate approves new sanctions for Iran energy, shipping The U.S. Senate on Friday resoundingly approved new sanctions on trade with Iran’s energy, port, shipping and ship-building sectors, its latest effort to ratchet up economic pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program. Reuters

US senator writes Myanmar leader over reported seizure of suspect North Korean cargo A U.S. senator is asking Myanmar’s president for answers over the reported seizure of a ship’s cargo bound for Myanmar with potential nuclear uses. AP

Small NPP construction to start in Dimitrovgrad in 2013 OJSC AKME Engineering, a joint venture established by Russian State Nuclear Energy Company Rusatom and OJSC Irkutskenergo (RTS: IRGZ) to build small nuclear power plants, will start constructing a nuclear power plant in Dimitrovgrad (Ulyanovsk region) in 2013 with a new generation SVBR-100 reactor, the city administration said in a press release. Power Engineering

Opinion and Analysis

Wanted: A nuclear-free Middle East Saudi Gazette