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 12, 2012

IAEA in the News

IAEA hopes for access to Iran’s Parchin site U.N. nuclear inspectors are ready to go to Iran’s disputed Parchin military complex if the Islamic state were to allow it during talks in Tehran later this week, a senior official said on Wednesday. Reuters / AP / AFP / Bloomberg

Iran insists on nuclear “right” ahead of IAEA talks Iran voiced readiness on Tuesday to address concerns of U.N. nuclear inspectors about its atomic activities in talks this week but said its “right” to refine uranium should be part of any agreement. Reuters / Bloomberg

Iran says ready for IAEA talks on issues of ‘concern’ Iran is ready to discuss issues of “concern” about its disputed nuclear programme with UN atomic watchdog experts during their planned visit to Tehran this week, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday. AFP / Fars / Xinhuanet

Ministerial conference on nuclear safety to be held in Fukushima The Fukushima Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety, hosted jointly by the Japanese government and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), will begin December 15 in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture. Denki Shimbun

Nuclear Weapons Suddenly Easier with “Wonder Fuel’ The International Atomic Energy Agency has identified the radioactive material thorium as a fuel to power existing and new electrical generation plants, but a new study shows that along with this plentiful “wonder fuel” comes a dangerous weapons proliferation risk. WND

Other Nuclear News

N. Korea claims success in rocket launch North Korea announced Wednesday its long-range rocket launch was a success, saying what it claims is a scientific satellite has entered orbit. Yonhap / AP / Guardian / Reuters / New York Times

New zones set for town near N-plant The government on Monday started applying its new evacuation zoning to the town of Okuma, which hosts four of the six nuclear reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant. Jiji Press / Nuclear Engineering International

Nuclear power most common topic in Twitter messages on election A check of messages on Twitter over the three weeks through Sunday found that nuclear power was the most commented-on topic among seven selected campaign issues. Kyodo

TEPCO unable to locate source of leak in Fukushima reactor The operator of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is grappling to locate the source of a leak of highly radioactive water in the crippled No. 2 reactor, and will continue trying to pinpoint the cause next week. Asahi Shimbun

Monitoring stations planned near KKNPP site The Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project plans to establish monitoring stations in a few villages around the project site for measuring radiation, if any, according to a senior official of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL). The Hindu

The Cancer Bomb: How Nuclear Sludge Gave Birth to an Experimental Leukemia Drug In the early years of the Cold War, U.S. scientists tried to create synthetic uranium in a laboratory, spurred by fears that our country lacked enough natural deposits of the highly reactive material to keep up in the escalating nuclear race. New York Observer

Opinion and Analysis

N. Korea shouts ‘look at me’ with rocket CNN