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UN agency to host talks on nuke-free Mideast

VIENNA — The UN atomic watchdog said Friday it will host talks on creating a nuclear-weapons-free Middle East after countries in the volatile region showed willingness to attend after a decade of stonewalling. Member states of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) requested in 2000 that such a forum take…

Iran slams Sarkozy over nuclear remark: report

TEHRAN — Iran urged French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday not to make comments based on “unrealistic information,” after Paris called for tougher sanctions over Tehran’s controversial nuclear programme. “As stated repeatedly, Iran’s nuclear activity is completely peaceful and International Atomic Energy Agency reports have confirmed it,” state television quoted…

Nuclear experts warn of Libya “dirty bomb” material

Seeking to mend ties with the West, Libya’s Muammar Gaddafiagreed 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. A six-month popular insurgency has now forced Gaddafi to abandon his stronghold…

Atomic power to grow despite Fukushima: UN nuclear watchdog

The head of the UN atomic watchdog said Tuesday that nuclear power will keep growing in the world despite the crisis at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant, which he visited the previous day. Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), was speaking after meeting Japan’s Prime Minister…

UN nuclear chief warns no ‘business as usual’

VIENNA (AFP) – The head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog warned on Monday that confidence in atomic energy had been “deeply shaken” by the Fukushima disaster as a conference began to debate lessons to be drawn of the crisis in Japan. “The eyes of the world will be upon us…

UN atomic watchdog raises alarm over Japan evacuations

SENDAI, Japan – The UN atomic watchdog said Wednesday radiation in a village outside the evacuation zone around a stricken Japanese nuclear plant was above safe levels, urging that Japan reassess the situation. In its first such call, the International Atomic Energy Agency added its voice to that of Greenpeace…

IAEA warned Japan that quakes could be too much for nuclear facilities, leaked cable reveals

The international nuclear watchdog warned Japan in 2008 that powerful earthquakes could be too strong for their nuclear reactors, according to a U.S. diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks Tuesday night. During a December 2008 G8 Nuclear Safety and Security Group (NSSG) meeting in Tokyo, an official from the International Atomic…

Fukushima ‘unlikely’ to be new Chernobyl: IAEA

VIENNA – The crisis at Japan’s earthquake-damaged nuclear power plant is “unlikely” to turn into a new Chernobyl, which was the world’s worst nuclear accident, the UN atomic watchdog said on Monday. “Let me say that the possibility that the development of this accident into one like Chernobyl is very…

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