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Major UN Iran nuke report expected

Diplomats to the UN atomic watchdog are bracing for a new report this week providing fresh detail on Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons drive, amid growing speculation of an Israeli military strike. Previous International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) assessments have centred on Iran’s efforts to produce fissile material — uranium and…

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…

Japan mulls Fukushima food sale ban

VIENNA (Reuters) – Japan is considering whether to halt sales of food products from near a crippled nuclear plant because of contamination by a radioactive element which can pose a short-term health risk, the U.N. atomic agency said. “There is an investigation into the possible need to stop food sales,” Graham Andrew, a senior…

Japan halts sale of food from near Fukushima

VIENNA (Reuters) – Japan has halted sales of food products from near a crippled nuclear plant because of contamination by a radioactive element which can pose a short-term health risk, the U.N. atomic agency said on Saturday. In what it called another “critical” measure to counter contamination of food, the…

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…

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