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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…

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…