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Mar 19, 2012

UN nuclear watchdog says receives NKorea invitation

VIENNA (Reuters) – The United Nations nuclear watchdog said on Monday it had received an invitation from North Korea to visit, three years after its inspectors were expelled from the reclusive Asian state for the second time.

The move appeared to be an attempt by North Korea to show it was serious about a nuclear moratorium deal with the United States last month, an accord which has been thrown into doubt by Pyongyang’s announcement on Friday of a planned rocket launch.

Mar 16, 2012

IAEA: “significant” nuclear growth seen in India, china

VIENNA (Reuters) – Global use of nuclear energy could increase by as much as 100 percent in the next two decades on the back of growth in Asia, even though groundbreakings for new reactors fell last year after the Fukushima disaster, a U.N. report says.

The report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which has not yet been made public but has been seen by Reuters, said a somewhat slower capacity expansion than previously forecast is likely after the world’s worst nuclear accident in a quarter of a century.

Mar 16, 2012

IAEA: “significant” nuclear growth despite Fukushima

VIENNA, March 16 (Reuters) – Global use of nuclear
energy could increase by as much as 100 percent in the next two
decades on the back of growth in Asia, despite a slump in the
construction of new reactors after the Fukushima disaster, a
U.N. report says.

The report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),
which has not yet been made public but has been seen by Reuters,
said a somewhat slower capacity expansion than previously
forecast is likely after the world’s worst nuclear accident in a
quarter of a century.

Mar 13, 2012

Older nuclear plants pose safety challenge: IAEA

VIENNA (Reuters) – Eighty percent of the world’s nuclear power plants are more than 20 years old, raising safety concerns, a draft U.N. report says a year after Japan’s Fukushima disaster.

Many operators have begun programs, or expressed their intention, to run reactors beyond their planned design lifetimes, said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) document which has not yet been made public.

Mar 13, 2012

Bolivia defends coca consumption at U.N. meet

VIENNA (Reuters) – Bolivian President Evo Morales defended Bolivians’ right to chew coca leaves, the main ingredient of cocaine, on Monday, saying it was an ancient tradition and the world’s No. 3 cocaine producer was working to fight drug trafficking.

Holding up a coca leaf to help underline his message at a United Nations anti-drugs meeting in Vienna, the leftist leader, a former coca leaf farmer, said coca leaf producers were not “drug dealers” and it was not the same as cocaine.

Mar 12, 2012

Bolivia defends coca consumption as age-old tradition

VIENNA (Reuters) – Bolivian President Evo Morales defended Bolivians’ right to chew coca leaves, the main ingredient of cocaine, on Monday, saying it was a tradition going back thousands of years and the world’s No. 3 cocaine producer was working to fight drug trafficking.

The coca leaf was declared an illegal narcotic in the 1961 U.N. Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, along with cocaine, heroin, opium and morphine and a host of chemical drugs.

Mar 9, 2012

IAEA says nuclear power safer 1 year after Fukushima

VIENNA (Reuters) – Nuclear power is safer than it was a year ago when an earthquake and tsunami hit the area around Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, the U.N. atomic energy chief said on Friday, but environmental group Greenpeace said no real lessons had been learnt.

In a statement issued ahead of Sunday’s first anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl in 1986, Director General Yukiya Amano of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said meaningful steps had been taken since Fukushima to strengthen global nuclear safety.

Mar 9, 2012

U.N. nuclear chief doesn’t rule out Iran “cleaning” army site

VIENNA (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog does not rule out that Iran may be trying to remove evidence from a military site that inspectors want to visit as part of an inquiry into suspected research relevant to atomic bombs, the agency’s chief said on Friday.

Yukiya Amano’s comments, in an interview with Reuters, came a day after six world powers demanded Iran keep its promise to let international inspectors visit the Parchin military complex.

Mar 9, 2012

UN atom chief doesn’t rule out Iran “cleaning” army site

VIENNA (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog does not
rule out that Iran may be trying to remove evidence from a
military site that inspectors want to visit as part of an
inquiry into suspected research relevant to atomic bombs, the
agency’s chief said on Friday.

Yukiya Amano’s comments, in an interview with Reuters, came
a day after six world powers demanded Iran keep its promise to
let international inspectors visit the Parchin military complex.

Mar 9, 2012

Powers urge Iran to open army site to IAEA inspectors

VIENNA (Reuters) – Six world powers demanded Iran keep
its promise to let international inspectors visit a military
installation where the U.N. nuclear watchdog believes explosives
tests geared to developing atomic bombs may have taken place.

The joint call was an unusual show of unity among the powers
on Iran before a planned revival of high-level talks as well as
widening disquiet about the nature of Tehran’s nuclear
ambitions, with Israel threatening last-ditch military action.