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 7, 2012

IAEA in the News

Recent hacking of UN nuclear agency not first attempt – IAEA A recently announced hacking of the U.N. nuclear agency’s computer servers was not the first time an attempt had been made to break into the organization’s computer system, the head of the agency said on Thursday. Reuters

IAEA reports no progress on access to Iran nuclear facilities The U.N. nuclear watchdog’s chief says his agency has intensified talks with Iran, but that it had made little headway in determining whether Tehran seeks to build an atomic bomb. LA Times

U.N. nuclear chief: Alleged weapons testing site was probably sanitized by Iran The United Nations’ chief nuclear official urged Iran on Thursday to allow inspection of a military base where Iranian scientists are suspected of conducting secret nuclear-weapons research, although he acknowledged that any traces of illicit activity have probably been removed. Washington Post / AFP

Post-Fukushima nuclear safety plan needs more resources: IAEA head The International Atomic Energy Agency’s post-Fukushima Action Plan on Nuclear Safety will require additional funding and expertise if the plan is to achieve its objectives, the agency’s director-general, Yukiya Amano, said Thursday. Platts

IAEA Head Calls For Ratification Of Nuclear Security Amendment The director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has called on member states to ratify the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials, calling it an “important area of unfinished business in nuclear security”. NucNet

Other Nuclear News

Strong quake hits off Japan near Fukushima disaster zone A strong quake centred off north-eastern Japan shook buildings as far away as Tokyo on Friday and triggered a one-metre tsunami in an area devastated by last year’s Fukushima disaster, but there were no reports of deaths or serious damage. Reuters / Asahi Shimbun

Japan could restart some nuclear reactors next summer: NRA The secretariat of the Nuclear Regulation Authority may start preliminary safety checks on offline reactors next spring, paving the way for some to be restarted by summer, sources said Thursday. Kyodo

Japan raps U.S. subcritical nuclear test The two mayors of the Japanese cities that suffered U.S. atomic bombing in World War II condemned the United States on Friday for conducting a subcritical nuclear test at a Nevada test site Wednesday. Xinhua

3 Charged With Plotting to Export Sensitive Materials to Iran and China Three people have been charged with conspiring to illegally export to Iran and China a superstrong material called carbon fiber that can be used to make machines that can enrich uranium, federal prosecutors in Manhattan said on Wednesday. New York Times

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 / Yonhap

CEZ to make temporary shutdowns of all nuclear units in 2013 Energy company CEZ plans temporary shutdowns of all four units at its nuclear power plant Dukovany and of both two units at its nuclear power plant Temelin next year, CEZ said on its website Thursday. CTK

Support to nuclear energy grows further among Czechs Two thirds of Czechs are for further development of nuclear energy in the Czech Republic, 4 percentage points more than in May, according to the latest poll of agency STEM. CTK

France committed to problem-hit nuclear reactor: PM Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Thursday that the French government remains committed to finishing a new-generation nuclear reactor despite further cost overruns. AFP

Electrabel says reactors safe to resume operations Belgian utility Electrabel, part of GDF-Suez , said cracks in the core tanks of two nuclear reactors in Belgium did not prevent them running safely and they should be allowed to restart operations. Reuters

Opinion and Analysis

French next-generation nuclear reactor may weather setbacks Reuters