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# iaea - Monday 12 May, 2014

Atomic watchdog attempts to revive nuclear talks with Iran

A number of outstanding issues relating to alleged efforts to develop nuclear weapons remain.

# iaea - Wednesday 4 December, 2013

'Extremely dangerous' radioactive material stolen in Mexico

The material could not be used in a conventional nuclear weapon.

# iaea - Monday 18 June, 2012

Iranian nuclear talks resume

International efforts to end deadlock over Iran’s nuclear programme take place in Moscow.

# iaea - Friday 8 June, 2012

UN nuclear watchdog 'disappointed' with lack of progress in Iran talks

The IAEA met with an Iranian delegation in Vienna today to discuss issues concerning Iran’s nuclear programme.

# iaea - Tuesday 6 March, 2012

Iran to grant UN nuclear inspectors access to military complex

IAEA inspectors had previously been banned from examining the facility they suspect is carrying out secret atomic work.

# iaea - Wednesday 29 February, 2012

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

North Korea agrees to suspend nuclear activities and freeze missile tests

Washington and Pyongyang both announce that North Korea will allow IAEA inspectors to verify that it has stopped work.

# iaea - Wednesday 15 February, 2012

Iran announces advancement of nuclear programme

The reports come as Iranian media says Tehran has warned several EU countries that it will stop their oil supply ahead of the EU ban taking effect.

# iaea - Sunday 29 January, 2012

UN nuclear inspectors start investigation in Iran

The inspectors are examining whether Iran really does have a secret atomic weapons programme, which Iran vehemently denies.

# iaea - Monday 21 November, 2011

Britain cuts relations with Iranian banks over nuclear fear

George Osborne said today’s move is to protect UK banks from being used to support Iran’s nuclear proliferation.

# iaea - Tuesday 8 November, 2011

Iran rubbishes latest UN nuclear watchdog report

Leaked details from the IAEA’s report on Iran’s nuclear programme have sparked an angry response from Ahmadinejad.

# iaea - Friday 9 September, 2011

Gallery: Japan's tsunami repairs, six months on Japan This post contains images

Gallery: Japan's tsunami repairs, six months on

Sunday marks the six-month anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that killed tens of thousands. The repairs are ongoing.

# iaea - Thursday 1 September, 2011

Syria accused of shirking UN's nuclear investigation

Damascus had agreed to cooperate with an inquiry into its nuclear activities, but now says it won’t be able to provide information until October.

# iaea - Wednesday 8 June, 2011

Iran to triple nuclear output

Iran plans to triple its output of the higher enriched uranium in 2011 and move the entire program to the new, secretly-built facility.

# iaea - Tuesday 7 June, 2011

Japan doubles radiation leak estimate for Fukushima plant

Early estimates of the amount of radiation released by the accident at the nuclear power plant have been more than doubled.

# iaea - Wednesday 1 June, 2011

Japan underestimated tsunami risk to nuclear plant, says UN watchdog

The International Atomic Energy Agency commended Japan’s response to the crisis, but said the Fukushima plant was ill-prepared for the tsunami which struck on 11 March.

# iaea - Tuesday 24 May, 2011

UN nuclear watchdog report suggests bombed Syrian site was nuclear reactor

Reports issued by the IAEA today also say it has received information from UN members that Iran has worked secretly on the development of nuclear weapons.

# iaea - Tuesday 17 May, 2011

UN nuclear agency to carry out fact-finding mission in Japan

The IAEA is sending a 20-person team of international nuclear experts to Japan to identify if there are any more places that require “exploration or assessment”.

# iaea - Wednesday 20 April, 2011

Nuclear energy needs a 'global rethink': UN chief

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said that the approach to nuclear power needs to be reconsidered following the disasters at Chernobyl and Fukushima.

Authorities may limit access to Fukushima evacuation zone

People with houses within the exclusion zone around Fukushima I have been returning home, against government orders.

# iaea - Tuesday 12 April, 2011

Fukushima nuclear alert raised to maximum level 7

Japan’s nuclear regulator raises its alert warning from level 5 to 7 – putting the Fukushima crisis on a par with Chernobyl.

# iaea - Tuesday 5 April, 2011

Fukushima owners begin 'condolence money' payout for radiation damage

Tokyo Electric Power Company’s share price reaches an all-time low after the company pledges to cover evacuation costs.

# iaea - Monday 28 March, 2011

Plutonium found in soil outside stricken Fukushima reactor

The presence of the highly radioactive element in the soil confirms damage to reactor number 3, where it was housed.

# iaea - Sunday 27 March, 2011

Fukushima radiation recordings were ‘an error’, operators say

Recordings that suggested the level of radiation was ‘ten million times’ higher than normal were erroneous, TEPCO says.

# iaea - Thursday 24 March, 2011

Three Fukushima workers hospitalised with skin lesions

Staff working to try and restore power to the Fukushima cooling systems are hospitalised after major radiation exposure.

# iaea - Wednesday 23 March, 2011

Weather will determine if Fukushima radiation reaches Ireland

Ireland’s nuclear watchdog says atmospheric pressure will determine whether trace amounts of radiation will reach our shores.

Tokyo tap water too radioactive for children - reports

Water supplies contain more radioactive iodine than is safe for young children to drink – as black smoke emerges from Fukushima.

# iaea - Tuesday 22 March, 2011

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Engineers continue Fukushima struggles as more smoke emerges

Steam-like vapours emerge from one reactor, while hazy smoke emerges from another, as workers restore power to the plant.

# iaea - Monday 21 March, 2011

Fukushima workers pulled from reactor after smoke rises

Japanese authorities confirm workers evacuated after smoke seen rising from Reactor 3 as efforts to cool the plant’s nuclear reactors continue.

# iaea - Friday 18 March, 2011

'Minuscule' fallout reaches United States

Tiny amounts of radioactive fallout has reached the US – but experts say that initial readings are “about a billion times beneath levels that would be health threatening”.

End in sight for Fukushima fears - as engineers ponder burying stricken plant

Engineers relay new power lines to the stricken nuclear plant – as operators admit they may simply bury it under concrete.

# iaea - Wednesday 16 March, 2011

Japan's Emperor: Fukushima nuclear crisis 'causes deep worry'

In a rare TV appearance, Japan’s Emperor Akihito admitted he was “deeply worried” by the crisis facing his country.

Fukushima staff evacuated after major radiation surge

The operators of the troubled Fukushima I power plant pull all staff out of the plant following a spike in radiation levels.

# iaea - Tuesday 15 March, 2011

Pool of spent nuclear rods ‘exposed to open air’ at Fukushima reactor

The fire at reactor 4 was caused by an explosion that tore an 8-square-metre hole in the walls – exposing rods to the outside.

# iaea - Monday 14 March, 2011

What happens in a nuclear meltdown?

Our guide to what happened at Chernobyl in 1986 and what’s going on in Fukushima, Japan, today.

# iaea - Saturday 21 August, 2010

RUSSIA HAS begun to load fuel into Iran’s first nuclear reactor.

Despite Iran being the world’s second-largest exporter of crude oil and has the second-largest reserves of natural gas, it says it needs a nuclear reactor to guarantee an alternative energy source for its fossil fuel reserves run out.

Tehran has said that the project has commenced under the watch of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and that the depositing of  uranium-packed fuel rods into the reactor will take about two weeks to complete.

Iran’s atomic energy agency released a statement, which read:

The operation of transferring nuclear fuel to the reactor was carried out in [the] presence of Ali Akbar Salehi, vice-president and head of Iran’s atomic body, and Sergei Kiriyenko, head of Russia’s atomic body, Rosatom

The Bushehr Plant

The start-up of the Bushehr plant, which has so far cost $1bn, has been delayed by nearly 40 years. The site of the plant was previously used by the Germany company Siemens, who had operation there in the 1970s. Russia agreed to help Iran to built a plant there in 1995.

International Reaction

Although the US has said that it does not consider Bushehr as a proliferation risk, it has criticised the Russian decision to assist Iran at a time when tensions regarding Tehran’s nuclear ambitions are running high in the international community. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has denied that Iran is attempting to build a nuclear weapon, but fears are growing.

Sanctions have been placed on Iran by the the US, UN, and EU over the issue of Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Russia has defended itself by pointing out that an agreement has been reached whereby Iran would return used fuel rods to Russia. Weapons-grade plutonium can be derived from spent fuel rods.

“Not a proliferation threat”

Speaking to Al-Jazeera, Mark Fitzpatrick, an expert in non-proliferation at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, said that the Bushehr plant would not be a proliferation threat “as long as it is run to produce power for electricity generation”. She added:

It would be a risk if Iran operated it differently, for short periods at low-burn up in order to produce weapons-usable plutonium – but in this case the IAEA would know.