U.S. nuclear concerns sidelined by plutonium plans

Sep 30, 2014

U.S. nuclear concerns sidelined by plutonium plans

U.S. concern over the long-term proliferation risk of nuclear waste isn’t stopping countries from planning to extract plutonium from radioactive refuse to power a new generation of atomic reactors. French, Japanese, Russian and South Korean officials lined up against their U.S. counterparts in September ...

Japanese woman steps into new role at IAEA

Sep 10, 2014

Japanese woman steps into new role at IAEA

by Ken Udagawa

Tomiko Ichikawa, 52, hopes to “be of service to Japan and the world” after taking on her new role in July as special aide to Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Ichikawa, who has garnered extensive experience working at a ...

IAEA sees signs North Korea reactor may be running

Sep 5, 2014

IAEA sees signs North Korea reactor may be running

The U.N. nuclear watchdog said it has seen releases of steam and water indicating that North Korea may be operating a reactor, in the latest update on a plant that experts say could make plutonium for atomic bombs. North Korea announced in April of ...

Sep 3, 2014

Container of cesium-137 falls off truck in Kazakhstan, is missing

Authorities in Kazakhstan are on high alert after a container holding the highly radioactive and dangerous substance cesium-137 disappeared in the west of the country, police said Tuesday. A police spokesman for the Mangistau region said the material — used for medical purposes and ...

Aug 28, 2014

Iran says it tested new nuclear enrichment machine

Iran has conducted “mechanical” tests on a new, advanced machine to refine uranium, a senior official was quoted as saying on Wednesday, a disclosure that may annoy Western states pushing Tehran to scale back its nuclear program. Iran’s development of new centrifuges to replace ...

Iran invites U.N. experts to Arak heavy water plant

Nov 28, 2013

Iran invites U.N. experts to Arak heavy water plant

The head of the U.N. nuclear agency says Iran has invited its experts to inspect a facility linked to a reactor that could produce enough plutonium for up to two atomic weapons a year once it’s completed. Yukiya Amano of the U.N.’s International Atomic ...

IAEA starts review at Fukushima

Nov 25, 2013

IAEA starts review at Fukushima

A team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency begins reviewing Tepco's efforts to scrap the crippled reactors at Fukushima No. 1.

Nov 6, 2013

IAEA experts to help check seawater

Two experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency will join seawater monitoring activities off the Fukushima No. 1 power plant on Thursday and Friday, according to the U.N. nuclear watchdog. The two marine monitoring experts from the Marine Environment Laboratories in Monaco, on a ...