IAEA Director General Amano meets H.E. Mr Shimon Peres, President of Israel

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano met with President Shimon Peres of Israel on 31 March 2014, during the President’s State Visit to Austria.

During their meeting, the Director General and President Peres discussed areas of common interest.

They discussed ongoing cooperation between Israel and the Agency in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.  “Israel is a valued partner for the Agency in the region, and beyond,” the Director General noted. “The Agency greatly appreciates our valuable collaboration with Israel in such areas as nuclear medicine, radiotherapy, and application of the sterile insect technique.”

On issues affecting the region, the Director General encouraged work towards a nuclear-weapons-free zone in the Middle East.

On Iran, the Director General briefed the President on progress under the IAEA/Iran Joint Statement on a Framework for Cooperation.  He also briefed on the Agency’s monitoring and verification role under the Joint Plan of Action, agreed by the EU/E3+3 and Iran. He stated that the Agency would continue to act in a technical, factual and impartial manner, in accordance with its Statute, in its work to clarify all outstanding issues related to Iran’s nuclear activities.

The Director General and President Peres also discussed issues related to Syria, and the DPRK.

Multimedia and Audio from the meeting

Photographs from the Meeting

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News conference to wrap up Convention on Nuclear Safety Review Meeting

A review meeting of the Convention on Nuclear Safety will end with a news conference on Friday, 4 April, in Vienna.

More than 800 delegates have attended the two-week Sixth Review Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention on Nuclear Safety. Such meetings are convened every three years to hold peer discussions of the parties’ nuclear safety activities.

The International Atomic Energy Agency, which serves as the Secretariat for the Convention, has hosted the meeting.

In addition to reviewing each other’s work, participants have discussed proposals to strengthen the Convention, which entered into force in 1996. An incentive instrument, it aims to commit participating States and organizations to maintain a high level of nuclear safety by setting international benchmarks. The 76 Contracting Parties to the Convention have committed to report on the implementation of their obligations, with the reports being reviewed by participants in meetings held every three years.

One day of the meeting was devoted to discussions on lessons learned from the March 2011 accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

More information about the Convention, including links to national reports from parties is available here.

Senior officials at the meeting include:

- President: André-Claude Lacoste, Former Chairman of the French Nuclear Safety Authority (France)

- Vice-President: Sukho Lee, Korean Institute of Nuclear Safety (Republic of Korea)

- Vice-President: Khoirul Huda, Badan Pengawas Tenaga Nuklir (Indonesia)

Media Opportunities

Media have the following opportunities to cover the review meeting:

- Session to finalize and approve Summary Report – Thursday, 3 April, 15:30-17:00, Boardroom A, M-Building

- News conference – Friday, 4 April, 14:30 M6, M-Building. The news conference will be streamed live online and available for downloading afterwards. Please note that this is a view-only channel.

Accreditation

All journalists are requested to inform the IAEA Press Office of their plans to attend. Journalists with permanent credentials to the VIC need no additional credentials. Others should contact Ms Jayne Stringer for accreditation. Please email press@iaea.org or call [43-1] 2600-21279 or [43-1] 2600-21273.

Malfunction briefly leaves radioactive IAEA lab source exposed

Equipment containing radioactive material at the IAEA’s Laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria, briefly malfunctioned on 24 March 2014 when its protective shield temporarily failed. While undergoing maintenance, the protective shield of a gamma source used for blood and insect irradiation became blocked in an unsafe position until IAEA safety staff restored the source into a safe configuration.

Radiation exposure to staff who were close to the equipment was extremely low. The event posed no threat to other on-site workers or the facility, and it released no radioactive material into the environment.

The IAEA has notified the Austrian authorities of the details, and will continue to study the incident to prevent any recurrence.

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Parties to Convention on Nuclear Safety Hold Review Meeting, 24 March to 4 April

The 76 parties to the Convention on Nuclear Safety will start a two-week meeting on Monday, 24 March, in Vienna, to review their work under the Convention.

The Sixth Review Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention on Nuclear Safety will be hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency, which is the Secretariat for the Convention.

The Convention, which entered into force in 1996, is an incentive instrument that aims to commit participating States to maintain a high level of nuclear safety by setting international benchmarks. Parties’ obligations under the Convention are similar to principles laid out in IAEA documents. Countries that are parties to the Convention have committed to report on the implementation of their obligations, with the reports being reviewed by participants in meetings held every three years.

An extraordinary meeting was held in 2012 to review and discuss lessons learned from the March 2011 accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and to review the effectiveness of the provisions of the Convention. One session at this year’s meeting is devoted to the accident. Proposals to strengthen the Convention will be also discussed.

More information about the Convention, including links to national reports from parties that have chosen to make them public, is available here.

Senior officials at the meeting will include:

- President: André-Claude Lacoste, Former Chairman of the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) (France)

- Vice-President: Sukho Lee,  Korean Institute of Nuclear Safety  (Republic of Korea)

- Vice-President: Khoirul Huda, Badan Pengawas Tenaga Nuklir (Indonesia)

Press Opportunities

Media have the following opportunities to cover the review meeting:

- Opening Plenary Session – Monday, 24 March, 10:00 – 12:30, Boardroom A, M-Building, Vienna International Centre (VIC), including remarks from President Lacoste and Denis Flory, IAEA Deputy Director General, Department of Nuclear Safety and Security

- News briefing – Monday, 24 March, 12:30, Press Room, M-Building  

- Session to finalize and approve Summary Report – Thursday, 3 April, 15:30-17:00, Boardroom A, M-Building

- News conference – Friday, 4 April, 14:30 Press Room, M-Building

Accreditation

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IAEA Hosts International Experts’ Meeting on Severe Accident Management after Fukushima

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will hold an expert meeting to share knowledge on ways to mitigate the impact of severe nuclear emergencies, drawing on lessons learned from the accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

The International Experts’ Meeting on Severe Accident Management in the Light of the Accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant will convene from 17 to 20 March 2014 at the Agency’s headquarters in Vienna. Experts will share and discuss best practices, and lessons from past accidents will be reviewed.

The meeting is part of a series of expert meetings held to promote the implementation of the IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety, which sets out steps to strengthen nuclear safety worldwide in light of the March 2011 accident at Fukushima Daiichi. The Action Plan was endorsed by the IAEA’s General Conference in September 2011.

More than 200 participants, representing 48 IAEA Member States and four international organizations, will take part in the expert meeting. A report will be published on the IAEA website after the meeting.

Media Access

Journalists are invited to attend the 90-minute opening session, set to start at 14:00 on 17 March in Boardroom D, on the 4th floor of the Vienna International Centre’s C-Building.

A news conference with Denis Flory, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security, and meeting Chair Mohammad Anwar Habib, Chairman of the Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA), will take place at 15:30 on Thursday, 20 March in Boardroom D.

Accreditation

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Background Information

Reports from earlier International Experts’ Meetings:

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IAEA Completes Nuclear Security Review Mission in the Republic of Korea

Daejeon, Republic of Korea (ROK) — A team of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) experts today completed a mission to review national nuclear security practices in the Republic of Korea.

At the request of the Government of the ROK, the IAEA conducted a two-week International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) mission that reviewed the nation’s nuclear security-related legislative and regulatory framework for nuclear and other radioactive material and associated facilities, as well as security arrangements applied to the transport of nuclear material and radioactive sources, and to computer systems. In addition, the team reviewed physical protection systems at Hanbit Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), operated by Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Company (KHNP), and at the High-Flux Advanced Neutron Application Reactor (HANARO), operated by the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI).

The IPPAS team concluded that Korea is working well to conduct strong and sustainable nuclear security activities. Moreover, the team identified a number of good practices in the national nuclear security regime, and at the visited facilities. The team also made recommendations and suggestions for continuous improvement in nuclear security. 

The IAEA team was led by Joseph Sandoval, a staff member at the Sandia National Laboratories in the United States, and it included eight experts from six nations and the IAEA. The team met in Daejeon with officials from the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission (NSSC), representatives of the Korea Institute of Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Control (KINAC), the Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety (KINS), KAERI, and the Korea Electric Power Corporation Nuclear Fuel (KEPCO NF). They conducted site visits to the Hanbit NPP, the HANARO research reactor, the irradiation facility at KAERI’s Advanced Radiation Technology Institute (ARTI), and the KHNP Cyber Security Center.

“Successful development of a nuclear power programme necessitates a strong commitment to security, and the example given by the ROK strengthens the message about the value of applying the IAEA Security Guidance and the use of its advisory services,” said Carlos Torres Vidal, Head of the IAEA’s Nuclear Security of Materials and Facilities Section.

“The IPPAS mission was very useful in improving the ROK’s nuclear security regime. The Republic of Korea will implement the recommendations and suggestions in the near future, and we intend to invite a follow-up mission afterwards,” said Kim Yong-Hwan, the Secretary General of NSSC.

Background

The mission was the 62nd IPPAS mission conducted by the IAEA since the programme began in 1995. The ROK was the 40th country which hosted an IPPAS mission.

IPPAS missions are intended to help States strengthen their national nuclear security regime. The missions provide peer advice on implementing international instruments, and IAEA guidance on the protection of nuclear and other radioactive material and associated facilities.

The missions call upon a team of international experts to assess a nation’s system of physical protection, compare it with international best practices and make recommendations for improvement. IPPAS missions are conducted both on a nationwide and facility-specific basis.

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IAEA, EU Senior Officials Review Nuclear-related Cooperation, Chart Way Ahead

Vienna, Austria, 21 February 2014 | International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and European Union officials met this week for the second annual Senior Officials Meeting to review and further strengthen their nuclear-related cooperation.

The second Senior Officials Meeting followed the visit of IAEA Director General Mr Yukiya Amano in Brussels earlier this month where he met with the President of the EU Commission Mr José Manuel Barroso, Energy Commissioner Mr Günther Oettinger and other high level EU officials to discuss enhanced cooperation between the EU institutions and the IAEA. In addition, Amano met with the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on 2 February in Munich. Read the rest

Japan Reports New Water Leak at Fukushima Daiichi; IAEA Sees No Danger to Public

Japanese authorities have informed the IAEA that a leak from an overflowing water storage tank at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station was detected in the late evening of February 19. About 100 cubic metres of radioactive water leaked to the ground adjacent to the tank storage area before the leak was stopped about six hours later.

Based on the information provided, IAEA experts consider that the leak poses no danger to the public.

IAEA experts also consider actions taken by Japan’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) following the leak to be appropriate. These include an NRA recommendation that TEPCO remove soil contaminated by the leaked water, which will reduce the risk that contaminated water will be spread further through rain and groundwater.

Japan has not asked the IAEA for any assistance in connection with the leak from the tank. The IAEA will continue monitoring developments.

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IAEA Hosts International Experts’ Meeting on Radiation Protection after the Fukushima Accident

Vienna – An IAEA International Experts’ Meeting (IEM) on Radiation Protection after the Fukushima Daiichi Accident- Promoting Confidence and Understanding, began today in Vienna.

During the week-long meeting, experts on radiation protection will discuss such topics such as the management of radiation exposures, potential health effects from the March 2011 accident at TEPCO’ Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, land management and public communication. Lessons from past accidents will also be reviewed.

The meeting will focus on the following areas:

  • Key radiation protection issues to be addressed by the international community;
  • Long-term strategies in response to nuclear or radiological accidents;
  • Assistance for IAEA Member States in reviewing and updating their radiation protection programmes as appropriate; and
  • Support for the IAEA’s work in the area of radiation protection.

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IAEA Mission Concludes Peer Review of the US Nuclear Regulatory Framework

Washington, D.C., United States of America – An international team of senior nuclear safety experts today concluded a nine-day International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission to review the regulatory framework for the safety of operating nuclear power plants in the United States of America (USA).

The Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission was a follow-up to the IRRS mission to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that was conducted in 2010, with the key additional aim of reviewing whether the response of the US regulatory regime to the implications of the accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi plant had been timely and effective.

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Update: Remarks by IAEA Deputy Director General Tero Varjoranta

The following is a transcript of remarks to reporters today by Tero Varjoranta, IAEA Deputy Director General for Safeguards, upon arrival at the Vienna airport:

“I am sure you are all aware of the joint press statement that we made with our Iranian counterparts. As you know, we reviewed the progress so far done after November and of course the progress has been as planned, and Iran has taken all the initial pragmatic measures that they were supposed to do. And we were able to agree on seven pragmatic measures now that Iran must take by the 15th of May.”

Question: Do you have any indication on the detonator issue that they are ready to answer questions they have not answered before?

Tero Varjoranta: What we discussed was that we will assess the first part of the past issues, which are related to detonators so we will discuss this we have a certain joint idea of how to proceed and then of course we have our own plans so we have plan, things are looking good at this point in time.

Question: Generally, broadly, has the level of trust improved between the sides? Are you able to engage in a more confident way?

Tero Varjoranta: Since November, when we started this framework of cooperation everything has gone as planned.

Question: But what about trust?

Tero Varjoranta: These things take time. And so far, everything has gone as planned.

Question: In these seven points, are all the interests of the agency covered? Do you expect to have any further agreements after May 15?

Tero Varjoranta: There will be new steps. This is the second step. These are the seven measures right now. And after May 15 there will be more.

Question: What has Iran told you about laser enrichment?

Tero Varjoranta: We agreed that we will be provided with more information and also we will carry out a technical visit to their laser centre that is of particular interest for us.

Question: Is it clear that Iran might have a small-scale laser enrichment programme that they have not discussed with you before?

Tero Varjoranta: We have quite a good understanding of how we approach the laser enrichment issue and in that respect we have a plan how to proceed. And in that respect I feel confident that we will find out what we need to know.

Question: Would you say a lot of work remains on the PMD investigation?

Tero Varjoranta: Certainly. This is the first step that is taking place now.

Question: So there’s a long way to go?

Tero Varjoranta: Yes, there are still a lot of outstanding issues, but progress has been good so now we start.

Question: Can you repeat that answer?

Tero Varjoranta: With the respect to the past outstanding issues, we have agreed on the first measures to take place by 15th of May, so there’s still of course work to be done on the past issues, and we will address them all in due course.   

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IAEA and Iran conclude talks in connection with the implementation of the Framework for Cooperation

On 8 and 9 February 2014, the Agency and the Islamic Republic of Iran (Iran) held constructive technical meetings within the Framework for Cooperation that was agreed between the parties last November.

During the meetings, the two sides reviewed progress on the implementation of the six initial practical measures that were agreed three months ago. Iran has taken the initial practical measures that were foreseen.

Iran and the Agency reached agreement on seven practical measures to be implemented by Iran by 15 May 2014.

The agreed measures are:

1. Providing mutually agreed relevant information and managed access to the Saghand mine in Yazd.

2. Providing mutually agreed relevant information and managed access to the Ardakan concentration plant.

3. Submission of an updated Design Information Questionnaire (DIQ) for the IR-40 Reactor.

4. Taking steps to agree with the Agency on the conclusion of a Safeguards Approach for the IR 40 Reactor.

5. Providing mutually agreed relevant information and arranging for a technical visit to Lashkar Ab’ad Laser Centre.

6. Providing information on source material, which has not reached the composition and purity suitable for fuel fabrication or for being isotopically enriched, including imports of such material and on Iran’s extraction of uranium from phosphates.

7. Providing information and explanations for the Agency to assess Iran’s stated need or application for the development of Exploding Bridge Wire detonators.

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IAEA and Iran Joint Media Statement in Connection with the Implementation of the Framework for Cooperation, 9 February 2014

 ”On 8 and 9 February 2014, the Agency and the Islamic Republic of Iran (Iran) held constructive technical meetings within the Framework for Cooperation that was agreed between the parties last November.

During the meetings, the two sides reviewed progress on the implementation of the six initial practical measures that were agreed three months ago. Iran has taken the initial practical measures that were foreseen. 

Iran and the Agency reached agreement on seven practical measures to be implemented by Iran by 15 May 2014.

Details of the measures that have been agreed will be reported by the Director General to the Board shortly.”

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World Cancer Day: Learn How the IAEA Assists Member States in the Fight Against Cancer

Ahead of World Cancer Day on 4 February, the International Atomic Energy Agency is inviting journalists to learn about the Agency’s cancer-related work during an informal, on-the-record discussion hosted by Kwaku Aning, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation. The event is set to start at 11:00 on Friday 31 January in room MOE75 of the Vienna International Centre’s M-Building.

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DG Amano – opening remarks at press conference 24 January 2014

OPENING REMARKS AT NEWS CONFERENCE

Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen.

Today, the IAEA Board of Governors held a special meeting to consider the Agency undertaking monitoring and verification of measures to be implemented by Iran in relation to the Joint Plan of Action.

The Board expressed its full support and gave its endorsement.

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IAEA Head Reports Status of Iran’s Nuclear Programme

Vienna, Austria - The following is a statement by Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency:

“I have reported today to the Board of Governors the status, as of 20 January 2014, of Iran’s nuclear programme in relation to the Joint Plan of Action agreed between the E3/EU+3 and Iran on 24 November 2013.

“I am pleased to note that the implementation of the Joint Plan of Action has started today. This is an important development.

“The IAEA is ready to undertake monitoring and verification in relation to the nuclear-related measures set out in the Joint Plan of Action. For this purpose, I have requested the convening of a Board of Governors meeting later this week to seek its endorsement.”

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Remarks by IAEA Deputy Director General Tero Varjoranta

The following is an edited transcript of remarks to media today by Tero Varjoranta, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards:

“Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. As I’m sure you all already know, we have issued the first status report today to the Board of Governors, showing the factual situation as of today in the country. We had a very busy weekend. The weekend in Iran went very well – good cooperation. We could do our work in a very effective manner.  So if you have any questions at this point in time I can take a few before I have to go and continue the hard work that is only now beginning.”

Q. Can you confirm that Iran has implemented what they have promised?
A. “Yes, I can confirm that.”

Q. Can you elaborate a little bit more on what you have confirmed?
A. “Well, for example they have stopped producing the 20 percent uranium. They have also ceased to use the tandem configuration of centrifuges; in other words, the interconnections have been removed from the place. The dilution process of the 20 percent uranium has started and the conversion process of the same type of uranium is also ongoing. So these are a couple of major examples.”

Q. Are the cascades previously used to enrich to 20 percent in Fordow now enriching to 3.5 percent instead, or have these cascades been idled?
A. “Right now of course the situation is that the cascades are kind of taken out … so the production itself has stopped.”

Q. What arrangements have been made for IAEA inspectors and increased access?
A. “We have a very robust system in place with Iran. Nothing is dependent on one single thing only – we have different processes in place. As is the case with all safeguards approaches to any facility in the world, of course these details are something that we do not disclose.”

Q. What is the extra cost?
A. “We are expecting six million euros to be needed for this Joint Plan of Action for the next six months that has started now. That will roughly double the size of the inspection team that we have in place as of today.”

IAEA convenes Board meeting on Iran

The following is a statement by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano:

“I welcome the recent announcement by the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton regarding the implementation of the Joint Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear programme, which is to take effect as of 20 January.

“I have received a request from Iran and the E3/EU+3 that the Agency conducts monitoring and verification of nuclear-related measures in relation to the Joint Plan of Action.

“I have requested that a meeting of the Board of Governors be convened on 24 January, to consult with the Board regarding the request by Iran and the E3/EU+3 for the Agency to undertake monitoring and verification of nuclear-related measures in relation to the Joint Plan of Action.”

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IAEA Mission Concludes Peer Review of Belgium’s Nuclear Regulatory Framework

Brussels, Belgium – Senior international nuclear safety and radiation protection experts today concluded a 12-day International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission to review the regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety in Belgium.

The mission reviewed the effectiveness of Belgium’s nuclear regulator, the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC) and its subsidiary Bel V, in regulating the safety of the use of radioactive material. Their regulatory authority covers nuclear power plants, research reactors, fuel cycle facilities, radioactive waste storage facilities, radioactive waste management and decommissioning, occupational radiation protection, public and environmental exposures, emergency planning and response, and transport of radioactive material. Read the rest

Mexico safely recovers abandoned radioactive source

Mexico has told the IAEA’s Incident and Emergency Centre (IEC) that it has safely recovered the dangerous radioactive source that had been abandoned in a field after being stolen last week.

Mexico’s nuclear regulator, the Comision Nacional de Seguridad Nuclear y Salvaguardias (CNSNS), said the delicate and complex recovery operation was successfully completed on the evening of 10 December using a Federal Police robot. Read the rest

Statement by IAEA and Iran following technical talks in Vienna

Following technical talks between IAEA and Iranian experts in Vienna today, here is a transcript of a joint statement by the IAEA and Iran as read by Tero Varjoranta, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards:

“Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. I have a joint statement to make. We had a productive meeting today. We reviewed firstly the implementation of the six practical measures that are part of the joint Cooperation Framework that we have with Iran, which was signed on November 11. That also included the technical visit that we did at the Heavy Water Production Plant in Arak on 8 December. We also began to discuss the next practical steps – step two. We aim to reach agreement on what those practical measures are in our next technical meeting, which is scheduled for 21st of January in Tehran. Thank you.”

Video and Audio from 11 December joint press statement by IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards Tero Varjoranta and the head of delegation, Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Reza Najafi of the Islamic Republic of Iran:

Video: ftp://ftp.iaea.org/dist/adpi/131211Iran_IAEA_v

Audio: ftp://ftp.iaea.org/dist/adpi/131211Iran_IAEA_a

Mexico prepares to recover dangerous radioactive source from field

Mexico has told the IAEA’s Incident and Emergency Centre (IEC) that it is finalising plans for the safe recovery of the dangerous radioactive source that appears to have been abandoned in a field, after the truck transporting it was stolen.

Mexico’s nuclear regulator, the Comision Nacional de Seguridad Nuclear y Salvaguardias (CNSNS), said the delicate and complex recovery operation was being carefully planned to ensure minimal radiation exposure to those involved, and to prevent damage to the source. Read the rest

Mexico says stolen radioactive source found in field

Mexico has informed the IAEA’s Incident and Emergency Centre (IEC) that it has located a dangerous radioactive source that had been missing since the truck on which it was being transported was stolen on 2 December.

Mexico’s Comision Nacional de Seguridad Nuclear y Salvaguardias (CNSNS) said law enforcement authorities tracked the teletherapy device down to a field near the town of Hueypoxtla in Mexico State, very close to where the truck was stolen, at around 14:00 (20:00 UTC) on 4 December. Read the rest

Mexico informs IAEA of theft of dangerous radioactive source

Mexico has informed the IAEA’s Incident and Emergency Centre (IEC) of the theft of a truck carrying a dangerous radioactive source used in medical treatment.
 
Mexico’s Comision Nacional de Seguridad Nuclear y Salvaguardias (CNSNS) said the truck, which was transporting the cobalt-60 teletherapy source from a hospital in the northern city of Tijuana to a radioactive waste storage centre, was stolen in Tepojaco near Mexico City at around 08:00 UTC on 2 December.
  
At the time the truck was stolen, the source was properly shielded. However, the source could be extremely dangerous to a person if removed from the shielding, or if it was damaged.

The Mexican authorities are currently conducting a search for the source and have issued a press release to alert the public.

The IAEA has made an offer of good offices to Mexico, a process that makes the IAEA available to provide assistance if requested by a Member State, and the IEC remains in contact with the CNSNS.

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IAEA Team Completes Review of Japan’s Plans to Decommission Fukushima Daiichi

Tokyo, Japan — An IAEA expert team today completed a review of Japan’s efforts to plan and implement the decommissioning of TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. The International Peer Review of Japan’s Mid-and-Long-Term Roadmap towards the Decommissioning of TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Units 1-4 conducted its visit from 25 November to 4 December 2013.

The 19-member team praised Japan for adopting a more proactive approach towards addressing the many complex challenges posed by the nuclear accident. Relevant authorities have evolved their strategies over time to develop sustainable solutions.

“Japan has established a good foundation to improve its strategy and to allocate the necessary resources to conduct the safe decommissioning of Fukushima Daiichi,” said team leader Juan Carlos Lentijo, IAEA Director of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology. “The situation, however, remains very complex, and there will continue to be very challenging issues that must be resolved to ensure the plant’s long-term stability.” Read the rest

Iran tells IAEA no quake damage found at Bushehr NPP

Iran informed the IAEA’s Incident and Emergency Centre on 28 November 2013 that no damage had been found at Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant, after a magnitude 5.7 earthquake hit an area some 65 km northeast of the plant at approximately 14:00 UTC. It said the plant, which was in operation at the time of the earthquake, continues to operate normally.

Based on this information, and the assessment of the IAEA’s International Seismic Safety Centre — which considers the earthquake’s magnitude and ground shaking, as well as its location — the IEC is not currently seeking additional information from Iran.

IAEA Mission Concludes Peer Review of Czech Nuclear Regulatory Framework

Prague, Czech Republic – An international team of senior nuclear safety and radiation protection experts today concluded a 12-day International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission to review the regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety in the Czech Republic.

The Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission team said in its preliminary findings that the Czech regulatory system for nuclear and radiation safety is robust and that the State Office for Nuclear Safety (SÚJB) is an effective and independent regulatory body.

The review, conducted at the request of the Government of the Czech Republic, identified a series of good practices and made recommendations to help enhance the overall performance of the regulatory system. IRRS missions, which were initiated in 2006, are peer reviews based on the IAEA Safety Standards. Read the rest

DG Amano Introductory Statement to IAEA Board of Governors

Mr Chairman,

I will begin by congratulating the Republic of San Marino on becoming the 160th Member State of the IAEA.

Technical Cooperation

          Mr Chairman,

As you know, the meeting of the Technical Assistance and Cooperation Committee ended yesterday. I am grateful for the strong support for the Agency’s TC activities shown by Member States.

For over fifty years now, the TC programme has proved its worth on the ground, helping Member States to use peaceful nuclear technology to bring real benefits to their people. The programme has proven to be adaptable and capable of responding to Member State needs effectively. At the moment, for example, work is proceeding on the development of an important new inter-regional project to improve understanding of the impact of climate change on fragile polar and mountainous ecosystems. The proposed four-year project would address the retreat of glaciers, the loss of permafrost, and the reduction in snow cover resulting from climate change. Read the rest

Statement by IAEA Director General on Geneva agreement

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano issued the following statement today following the agreement in Geneva between the P5+1 and Iran:

“The IAEA welcomes the agreement reached in Geneva, which is another important step forward following the agreement reached between the Agency and Iran on 11 November in Tehran. With the agreement of the IAEA’s Board of Governors, the Agency will be ready to fulfil its role in verifying the implementation of nuclear related measures.”

IAEA Mission Concludes Peer Review of the Russian Federation’s Nuclear Regulatory Framework

Moscow – Senior international nuclear safety and radiation protection experts today concluded a 10-day International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission to review the regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety at the Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service of Russia (Rostechnadzor).

The Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission team said in its preliminary findings that the Russian Federation had made significant progress since an earlier review in 2009. It also identified good practices in the country’s nuclear regulatory system.

The review included measures taken following the recommendations and suggestions made by the 2009 mission. In addition, the mission reviewed the role of Rostechnadzor in the national emergency planning and response system and looked at how the Russian regulatory system is using lessons learned from the 2011 accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Read the rest

Morocco, International Organizations and IAEA Member States Conduct “Bab Al Maghrib” Exercise to Test Emergency Response to Dirty Bomb Attack

Planning for the unthinkable, “accident State” Morocco and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have prepared a two-day emergency exercise starting on 20 November 2013 during which the response to a dirty bomb explosion will be assessed. Fifty-eight States and 10 international organizations will test their national and international preparedness to respond to a radiological emergency triggered by nuclear security event. The exercise, codenamed “Bab Al Maghrib” marks the first time such scenario is exercised on such a large and international scale. The IAEA and participating international organizations greatly appreciate Morocco’s offer to prepare and host this exercise.

“Bab Al Maghrib” is part of the ConvEx-3 IAEA exercise programme. ConvEx-3 exercises are conducted every three to five years and have, until now, always been based on an accident at a nuclear power plant. The scenario this year is different: a dirty bomb explosion with threats of further attacks and widespread radiological consequences. Read the rest

Statement by IAEA and Iran following technical talks in Tehran

Following technical talks between IAEA and Iranian experts in Tehran today, here is the text of a joint statement read by Tero Varjoranta, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards, and H.E Ambassador Reza Najafi of the Islamic Republic of Iran:

“Iran and the IAEA held constructive technical discussions to follow up the Joint Statement that was signed earlier today.

“At this meeting, preliminary arrangements to begin implementation of the six measures listed in the Annex to the Joint Statement were discussed. This will include a technical visit in the near future to the Heavy Water Production Plant at Arak. Future meetings at the working level will finalise the details of implementation.

“Further discussion will be held at the next technical meeting, scheduled for 11 December in Vienna.”

 

 

 

IAEA Director General Comments on Cooperation Framework with Iran

Tehran – The following are remarks by the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, at a news conference after he signed a Joint Statement on a Framework for Cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran: Read the rest

IAEA, Iran Sign Joint Statement on Framework for Cooperation

11 November | Tehran – The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Vice-President of the Islamic Republic of Iran today signed the following “Joint Statement on a Framework for Cooperation”.

JOINT STATEMENT ON A FRAMEWORK FOR COOPERATION

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Islamic Republic of Iran (Iran) have agreed today, 11 November 2013, to strengthen their cooperation and dialogue aimed at ensuring the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme through the resolution of all outstanding issues that have not already been resolved by the IAEA.

In this regard, it was agreed that Iran and the IAEA will cooperate further with respect to verification activities to be undertaken by the IAEA to resolve all present and past issues. It is foreseen that Iran’s cooperation will include providing the IAEA with timely information about its nuclear facilities and in regard to the implementation of transparency measures. Activities will proceed in a step-by-step manner.

The IAEA agreed to continue to take into account Iran’s security concerns including through the use of managed access and the protection of confidential information.

As a first step, Iran and the IAEA agreed to the practical measures listed in the attached Annex. Iran will provide the access and information within three months from the date of this Statement. The IAEA will report to the Board of Governors on progress in the implementation of these measures.

For the INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY:  For the ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN:
Yukiya Amano
Director General
Ali Akbar Salehi
Vice-President of the Islamic Republic of Iran
President of the Atomic Energy Organization
of Iran
Place:  Tehran Place: Tehran 
Date:   11 November 2013 Date: 11 November 2013

 

ANNEX TO THE JOINT STATEMENT ON A FRAMEWORK FOR COOPERATION OF 11 NOVEMBER 2013

INITIAL PRACTICAL MEASURES TO BE TAKEN BY IRAN
WITHIN THREE MONTHS

  1. Providing mutually agreed relevant information and managed access to the Gchine mine in Bandar Abbas
  2. Providing mutually agreed relevant information and managed access to the Heavy Water Production Plant
  3. Providing information on all new research reactors
  4. Providing information with regard to the identification of 16 sites designated for the construction of nuclear power plants
  5. Clarification of the announcement made by Iran regarding additional enrichment facilities
  6. Further clarification of the announcement made by Iran with respect to laser enrichment technology

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Updated: Media events during upcoming IAEA General Conference

Press Activities for the GC 2013 – please see www.iaea.org/press  for updates throughout the week.

Date Time Topic Description Location
17 Sep 10:00   The UK Mission will hold a press briefing with Baroness Verma, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Energy & Climate Change. We will hold it on a London Double Decker Bus on the Plaza (impossible to miss). Tea will be served. VIC Plaza
17 Sep 10:45 – 12:15 Radon Radon in Homes – An Unrecognized Risk M4
17 Sep 11:00 Scientific Forum Opening of this year’s Scientific Forum: The Blue PLANET, Nuclear Applications for a Sustainable Marine Environment. For more information and the live stream to this event, please see the Forum Website. Board Room D, C building, fourth floor
17 Sep 15:00 IAEA and EC to sign MoU, Nuclear Safety IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano and European Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger will sign the Memorandum on Nuclear Safety, establishing a framework for cooperation to help improve nuclear safety in Europe. Both officials will offer short statements. M02 foyer Read the rest