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Aug 23, 2011

Iran shows U.N. official all nuclear sites – envoy

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran allowed a senior U.N. nuclear inspector rare access to a facility for developing advanced uranium enrichment machines during a tour of all of the country’s main atomic sites, an Iranian envoy said on Tuesday.

Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, said last week’s visit to Iranian nuclear facilities by IAEA Deputy Director General Herman Nackaerts showed Tehran’s “100 percent transparency and openness.”

Aug 23, 2011

Iran shows U.N. official nuclear sites: envoy

VIENNA, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Iran allowed a senior U.N. nuclear inspector to visit a facility for developing advanced uranium enrichment machines during a rare tour of all of the country’s main atomic sites, an Iranian envoy said on Tuesday.

Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, said last week’s visit to Iranian nuclear facilities by IAEA Deputy Director General Herman Nackaerts showed Tehran’s “100 percent transparency and openness”.

Aug 23, 2011

IAEA seeks safety checks in all atomic energy states

VIENNA, Aug 23 (Reuters) – The U.N. atomic agency wants to
carry out at least one safety check mission in each country with
nuclear power in the coming three years under proposals aimed at
preventing any repeat of Japan’s nuclear crisis.

The draft document from the International Atomic Energy
Agency, a revised version of a plan presented to IAEA member
states this month, outlined a series of steps to help boost
global nuclear safety after the Fukushima accident in March.

Aug 21, 2011

IAEA chief plays down safety cost concerns

VIENNA (Reuters) – Planned steps to boost global nuclear safety after Japan’s Fukushima disaster will not lead to any major increase in costs for reactor operators, the U.N. atomic energy chief says.

“It is true there is additional cost. For private companies spending more is always difficult. But that is not an enormous amount of money,” Yukiya Amano told Reuters, in comments that may help to reassure nuclear power firms.

Aug 21, 2011

U.N. atom chief plays down safety cost concerns

VIENNA (Reuters) – Planned steps to boost global nuclear safety after Japan’s Fukushima disaster will not lead to any major increase in costs for reactor operators, the U.N. atomic energy chief says.

“It is true there is additional cost. For private companies spending more is always difficult. But that is not an enormous amount of money,” Yukiya Amano told Reuters, in comments that may help to reassure nuclear power firms.

Aug 19, 2011

U.N. atom body plans rare Arab-Israeli talks

VIENNA (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief says he sees “momentum” for his plan to host rare talks between Israel and Arab states about his efforts to rid the world of atomic arms.

Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said he aimed to convene such a discussion forum for Middle East countries later this year, saying November was a “reasonable timeframe.”

Aug 18, 2011

Israel faces fresh Arab pressure at U.N. atom meet

VIENNA (Reuters) – Arab states are expected to target Israel over its assumed atomic arsenal at a U.N. nuclear agency meeting next month, despite Western concerns this may undermine broader steps to ban such weapons in the Middle East.

It is unclear whether the International Atomic Energy Agency’s annual member state gathering would back the move after it last year narrowly rejected an Arab resolution calling on Israel to join a global anti-nuclear weapons treaty.

Aug 15, 2011

U.N. atom body wants wider nuclear safety checks

VIENNA, Aug 15 (Reuters) – The U.N. atomic agency would
carry out international safety checks of ten percent of the
world’s reactor units over a three-year period, under a draft
action plan to prevent any repeat of Japan’s nuclear crisis.

The document from the International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA), obtained by Reuters on Monday, outlined a series of
measures in 10 areas to help improve global nuclear safety after
the Fukushima accident more than five months ago.

Aug 5, 2011

Panic and crisis need different solutions

(The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own)

By Ian Campbell

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) – There’s panic in the markets and crisis in the euro zone. The first reflects fears of global recession. That would be panicworthy but is still only a threat, not a reality, and policymakers should not leap to respond. The euro zone’s problems, however, are real and systemic, and demand a determined policy response.

Aug 3, 2011
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UK should tax the rich more intelligently

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

Britain’s wealthy need to share the country’s pain — and be seen to do so. That’s why renewed calls for the UK’s 50 percent top tax rate to be abolished are a non-starter. It would be political suicide to hand a tax break to the rich while the overall tax burden is going up. But when the mood allows, punitive marginal rates for the wealthy could be replaced with something more intelligent.