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#International Atomic Energy Agency

# international-atomic-energy-agency - 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.

# international-atomic-energy-agency - Friday 10 August, 2012

US says has 'eyes' inside Iran nuclear programme

Israel has insisted the threat of Iran developing a viable nuclear weapon was becoming more “urgent” – but Washington has indicated diplomacy remains the best option.

# international-atomic-energy-agency - 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.

# international-atomic-energy-agency - Tuesday 22 May, 2012

UN nuclear chief says deal with Iran reached on probe

A deal has been reached with Iran that will allow the UN nuclear agency to restart a long-stalled probe into suspicions that Tehran has secretly worked on developing nuclear arms.

# international-atomic-energy-agency - Wednesday 29 February, 2012

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.

# international-atomic-energy-agency - 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.

# international-atomic-energy-agency - Friday 9 September, 2011

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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.

# international-atomic-energy-agency - Saturday 3 September, 2011

UN reveals 'credible evidence' of Iranian nuclear weapons programme

The UN’s nuclear agency says it is “increasingly concerned” that Iran is secretly building an offensive nuclear programme.

# international-atomic-energy-agency - 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.

# international-atomic-energy-agency - Friday 10 June, 2011

Nuclear watchdog refers Syria to UN - but Russia and China could veto sanctions

Syria is referred by the IAEA over its secret programme of building nuclear reactors – but is likely to escape sanctions.

# international-atomic-energy-agency - 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.

# international-atomic-energy-agency - 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.

# international-atomic-energy-agency - 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.

# international-atomic-energy-agency - 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.

# international-atomic-energy-agency - 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.

# international-atomic-energy-agency - 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.

# international-atomic-energy-agency - 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.

# international-atomic-energy-agency - 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.

# international-atomic-energy-agency - 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.

# international-atomic-energy-agency - Friday 18 March, 2011

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.

# international-atomic-energy-agency - 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.

# international-atomic-energy-agency - 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.

Coolant in fourth Fukushima reactor might be 'boiling away'

Spent fuel is usually kept in a containment pond – but that’s beginning to evaporate away, causing further risks in Japan.

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Radioactivity released after third explosion at Fukushima plant

A blast at reactor 2 may have damaged the nuclear core, authorities say, with emissions now strong enough to harm humans.

# international-atomic-energy-agency - Monday 14 March, 2011

Meltdown threat rises at Japanese nuclear plant

The drop in water levels at Unit 2 at the Fukushima has worried officials, while fears grow that rods in all three of the most troubled nuclear reactors may melt.

Nuclear rods melting inside three Fukushima reactors, Japan admits

The nuclear cores at reactors 1, 2 and 3 are all now believed to be melting, after cooling systems at all three failed.

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Second explosion at Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant

Two days after the first explosion, a second hydrogen blast strikes the nuclear plant – as 2,000 bodies are found in Miyagi.

# international-atomic-energy-agency - Sunday 13 March, 2011

The Daily Fix: Sunday

24 more hours pass on Planet Earth – here’s what’s been going on, and some other bits you might have missed.

Japanese authorities declare state of emergency at second nuclear plant

The lowest state of alert has been declared at the Onagawa nuclear plant, while the cooling system fails at another facility.

# international-atomic-energy-agency - 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.