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Sep 12, 2011

U.N. nuclear chief says more concerned about Iran

VIENNA (Reuters) – The head of the U.N.’s atomic watchdog said he was increasingly concerned on Monday about possible activity in Iran to develop a nuclear missile and accused Tehran of failing to cooperate fully with his inspectors.

Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told the IAEA’s 35-nation board he hoped to “set out in greater detail the basis for the agency’s concerns so that all member states are fully informed.”

Sep 9, 2011

North Korea may need more atomic tests – U.S. expert

VIENNA (Reuters) – North Korea has “good technical reasons” to carry out at least one more atomic test if it wants to develop a nuclear-armed missile, a prominent U.S. scientist who has often visited the reclusive Asian state said on Friday.

The North tested nuclear devices in 2006 and 2009, but still has not shown it has a working nuclear bomb.

Sep 9, 2011

U.S. expert: North Korea may need more atomic tests

VIENNA (Reuters) – North Korea has “good technical reasons” to carry out at least one more atomic test if it wants to develop a nuclear-armed missile, a prominent U.S. scientist who has often visited the reclusive Asian state said on Friday.

The North tested nuclear devices in 2006 and 2009, but still has not shown it has a working nuclear bomb.

Sep 8, 2011

UN atom safety plan to win backing despite criticism

VIENNA, Sept 8 (Reuters) – The U.N. atomic agency’s
35-nation governing board is expected next week to endorse steps
to boost global nuclear safety in the wake of Japan’s Fukushima
crisis, even though some disappointed diplomats say the
proposals have been watered down.

Japan’s reactor disaster six months ago spurred a rethink
about nuclear energy worldwide and calls for more concerted
measures, including beefed-up safety checks of reactors, to make
sure such an accident does not recur.

Sep 7, 2011
via Breakingviews

Weakening UK growth creates tax cut Catch-22

By Ian Campbell The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

The UK should cut taxes on high earners to stimulate growth, say some economists. Lightening the load on the poor would be better. Politically, that would be a lot easier for George Osborne. But the UK chancellor faces a Catch-22. While tax cuts would help growth, weak growth means deficit reduction already looks behind schedule. The government needs all the revenue it can muster.

Sep 5, 2011

Iran’s nuclear advance may add to Western worries

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran is making headway toward rolling out advanced uranium enrichment machines that could speed up its production of nuclear reactor fuel as well as weapons-grade material if, as the West fears, it ultimately tries to assemble atomic bombs.

But it remains unclear whether Tehran, under increasingly strict international sanctions that crimp its ability to import key components, can manufacture the machines in industrial-scale numbers that would revolutionize its enrichment activity.

Sep 2, 2011

U.N. agency calls rare Mideast nuclear talks

VIENNA (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear agency has invited its members — including Israel, Arab states and Iran — to attend rare talks later this year about the volatile Middle East and efforts to rid the world of atomic bombs, it said on Friday.

While Israel and some Arab nations have indicated readiness to take part in the planned forum in Vienna in November, Iran said it saw no justification for such a meeting now.

Sep 2, 2011

Concern rising about Iran military nuclear work: IAEA

VIENNA (Reuters) – The watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency is “increasingly concerned” about possible work in Iran to develop a nuclear payload for a missile, the IAEA said in a confidential report obtained by Reuters on Friday.

In addition to addressing the issue of alleged military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear program, the report said Tehran had begun installing machines for higher-grade uranium enrichment in an underground bunker near the holy city of Qom.

Sep 2, 2011

U.N. atom agency seeks rare Mideast nuclear talks

VIENNA (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear agency has invited all its members, including Israel, Arab states and Iran, to attend rare talks later this year about the volatile Middle East and efforts to rid the world of atomic bombs, a document showed on Friday.

While Israel and some Arab nations have indicated readiness to take part in the proposed forum in November, Iran said it saw no justification for such a meeting now.

Sep 1, 2011

Iran “charm offensive” fails to ease nuclear fears

VIENNA (Reuters) – An Iranian effort to show increased openness about its disputed nuclear program is doing little to dispel Western suspicions about Tehran’s atomic ambitions, with one Vienna-based envoy dismissing it as a “charm offensive.”

Diplomats accredited to the U.N. nuclear watchdog said they believed it would once again highlight concerns about possible military aspects to Iran’s atomic work in its next quarterly report, due to be submitted to member states in coming days.