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Aug 30, 2011

U.N. nuclear safety proposals weakened: diplomats

VIENNA (Reuters) – Countries with atomic power plants would be encouraged to host international safety review missions, under a draft U.N. action plan that may disappoint those who had hoped for strong measures to prevent a repeat of Japan’s nuclear crisis.

Seeking the middle ground between states advocating more binding global rules and others wanting to keep safety as a strictly national responsibility, the U.N. nuclear agency appears to have gradually watered down its own proposals.

Aug 24, 2011

Nuclear experts warn of Libya “dirty bomb” material

VIENNA (Reuters) – A research center near Tripoli has stocks of nuclear material that could be used to make a “dirty bomb,” a former senior U.N. inspector said on Wednesday, warning of possible looting during turmoil in Libya.

Seeking to mend ties with the West, Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi agreed in 2003 to abandon efforts to acquire nuclear, chemical and biological weapons — a move that brought him in from the cold and helped end decades of Libyan isolation.

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.