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 5, 2012

Nuclear News

Israel rejects UN call for nuclear transparency Israel has rebuffed a UN call to adhere to the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and open itself to international inspectors, calling the suggestion a “meaningless mechanical vote” of a body that “lost all its credibility regarding Israel.” Reuters / AP

Intl community urges N.Korea to stop rocket launch The international community is strongly urging North Korea to reconsider its planned rocket launch this month. NHK / UPI

Japan’s nuclear regulatory body decides to have 3 foreign advisers Japan’s nuclear regulation authority decided Wednesday during its regular meeting to appoint three prominent experts from the United States, Britain and France as external members to seek advice over its activities. Kyodo

Japan seeks new normal after 2011 earthquake Nearly two years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the technological challenges facing Japan are becoming clearer and more daunting. The country is embarking on what could be a revolution in energy production, even as it grapples with the end of its decades-long dominance in consumer electronics. Financial Times

Enel pulls out from French EPR nuclear project French power group EDF received a new blow on Tuesday when Italy’s biggest utility Enel announced its has pulled out from a project to build a next-generation nuclear reactor in northern France. Reuters / Bloomberg

Nuclear power: EDF extends life of two UK plants EDF Energy is extending the operational life of two of its UK nuclear power stations by seven years. BBC

South Korea uncovers new fake documents at nuclear plants South Korean officials said on Wednesday they had uncovered new instances of fake certificates being supplied for parts operating in nuclear power plants, but a source indicated that the revelations would cause no further reactor shutdowns. Reuters

Czech, Hungarian presidents for nuclear power plants’ expansion The Czech Republic and Hungary share the interest in extending their nuclear power plants, the two states’ presidents, Vaclav Klaus and Janos Ader, said Tuesday, adding that Prague and Budapest will decide on their nuclear energy policy independently within the EU and will defend it. CTK

Satellites Could Detect Nuclear Tests Even when they’re underground, nuclear tests can be detected in the skies – and as a result, global satellite networks could become a powerful new tool in the arsenal of weapons to help detect clandestine underground nuclear explosions, a team of scientists reported here today at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Science

Opinion and Analysis

Final Countdown Foreign Policy

On Our Radar: Flood Risks and Reactors New York Times

North Korea Plans Satellite Launch: Why Now? Time