Smoke rises from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan Saturday after an explosion at one of its buildings, blowing the roof off one building, brought down walls and caused a radiation leak of unspecified proportions.  The evacuation zone around Fukushima has been doubled to 12 miles in radius.  A government spokesman initially denied that an explosion had occurred — despite video evidence.  (Photo: NHK TV via APTN / The New York Times)

I think we should all be concerned at this point how the Japanese government is handling the situation at Fukushima.  It’s understandable that there may be some confusion just one day after a massive earthquake, but for Christ’s sake, you can’t have a government spokesman denying that an explosion happened when it fucking happened. And that’s after they told us everything was okay at the four nuke plants closest to the epicenter, when things clearly weren’t.

The International Atomic Energy Agency needs to take point on any and all news regarding Fukushima and the country’s other nuclear reactors.  The Japanese government just can’t be trusted anymore.

"Strong" IAEA report may pile pressure on Iran


But they said it was unclear whether the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would go as far as to make a firm assessment on whether it believes Iran is working to develop a nuclear missile, as Tehran’s Western foes want the agency to.The diplomats voiced skepticism about an article in France’s Le Figaro paper, which said the IAEA was preparing to denounce “the military nature of this program aimed at providing Iran with the bomb.” Figaro did not name its sources.Any conclusion by the U.N. agency, in a quarterly inspection report on Iran due early next month, giving independent backing to Western fears about Iran’s aims could strengthen the U.S. case for further punitive measures against Tehran.French Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said in Paris: “This (IAEA) report has not been communicated yet … and as far as we know there is still some way to go before it is being finalized.”U.S. President Barack Obama warned Iran on Thursday it would face the toughest possible sanctions for an alleged plot to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington, as Treasury officials eyed action against the Iranian central bank.Iran has dismissed the plot accusations as a fabrication designed to stir tensions in its ties with its Arab neighbors.It also rejects Western allegations that its nuclear program is a disguised bid to develop nuclear arms capability.But the report by the IAEA, tasked with preventing the spread of nuclear arms in the world, is expected to spell out in greater detail the reasons why it said last month it is “increasingly concerned” about Iran’s nuclear program.The document is being drafted by agency experts ahead of a November 17-18 meeting of the IAEA’s 35-nation governing board, which has the power to report states to the U.N. Security Council if they violate non-proliferation rules.The United States and its allies have urged IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano to declare plainly whether he believes that there are military aspects to Tehran’s nuclear activities.”The indications right now are that it will be a very strong report offering a good amount of detail on possible military dimensions,” one Western diplomat said.IAEA “ON THE HORNS OF A DILEMMA”Another envoy painted a similar picture, saying he expected the IAEA to make a fuller analysis on the basis of the information it has at its disposal about possible military aspects to its nuclear activities.The IAEA has said in previous reports that the data it has received about such issues is extensive and comprehensive, and also “broadly consistent and credible” in terms of technical detail and the time frame.But diplomats and analysts expressed doubt that Amano would make a conclusion regarding Iran as clear-cut as one about Syria in a report in May, when he said a facility bombed by Israel in 2007 was “very likely” to have been a secret nuclear reactor.”To come to a Syria-type conclusion is going to be difficult,” one nuclear proliferation expert said.For several years the IAEA has been investigating Western intelligence reports indicating Iran has melded efforts to process uranium, test explosives at high altitude and revamp a ballistic missile cone to accommodate a nuclear warhead.Iran, the world’s No. 5 oil producer, says those allegations are forged and that it enriches uranium, activity that can have both civilian and military purposes, solely as an alternative source of electricity for a growing population.But its history of concealing sensitive nuclear activity and its refusal to suspend work that also can also yield atomic bombs have drawn four rounds of U.N. sanctions, as well as separate U.S. and European punitive steps.Ali Vaez of the Federation of American Scientists, a Washington-based think tank, said he believed Amano has found himself “on the horns of a dilemma” in preparing his report.”If he publishes classified documents of a member state, in the absence of a smoking gun, he could undermine the agency’s credibility,” Vaez said.”If he simply lists a few issues of concern without hard evidence, Iran could reject the allegations out of hand and further reduce its cooperation with the agency.”


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In November of 2013, Hungary completed the transfer of its high enriched uranium research reactor fuel to Russia and became the ninth nation to completely remove such fuel since an initiative between the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United States and Russia, called the Russian-origin Research Reactor Fuel Return program, that began in 2002. Under the program, more than 2,000 kilograms of Russian-supplied high enriched uranium has been transferred to Russia from 14 countries in 56 shipment operations.

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Iran Report: Ahmadinejad fights fallout from IAEA bombshell (by RussiaToday)

'In a major public speech, Iran's president insisted his country won't retreat one iota from its nuclear programme. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad slammed the international nuclear watchdog's newly-released report suggesting Tehran might be close to developing atomic weapons. Its findings came days after Israel bluntly considered military action against Iran - raising fears the report could be a pretext to an attack.'

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Japan Dumps Nuclear Waste in Pacific
with Support of IAEA

Is the Japanese government and the IAEA protecting 
the nuclear industry and not the people of Japan by 
claiming that Fukushima is stable when it is not? 

Fairewinds’ chief engineer Arnie Gundersen outlines 
major inconsistencies and double-speak by the IAEA, 
Japanese Government, and TEPCO claiming that the 
Fukushima accident is over. It is not!

The IAEA’s comprehensive report is a strong indication that US intelligence in 2007 on Iran’s nuclear program was based on solid evidence that has not been upended by the latest information. Iran’s situation is not static; continuing reevaluation and updated analyses are necessary for any dynamic and professional intelligence process.

Moreover, sharing the information with the public on the conclusions reached is vital to informing ongoing debate. The IAEA deserves credit both for the quality of its analysis and for sharing its expert opinions with the wider public on these critical issues — particularly since no summary of the latest NIE update has been released.

Pundits and politicians who use the latest IAEA report to attack the 2007 NIE are distorting the information, at best — and, at worst, are playing politics with national security.

'The US-engineered new allegation against the Islamic Republic which is part of a 15-page document issued by the International Atomic Energy Agency is that Iran carried out “work on the development of an indigenous design of a nuclear weapon including the testing of components. Some activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device continued after 2003” and “some may still be ongoing.” This new allegation is indeed based on the fiction of the laptop of death.

Allegations against the Islamic Republic practically started in 2004 when a mysterious figure handed over to the CIA a laptop he had purloined from an Iranian technician purportedly working at a nuclear plant in Iran. The laptop which has come to be known as the laptop of death is said to contain pages and pages of top-secret information in English detailing Iran’s lust for attaining technical knowhow to produce nuclear payroll for Shahab III missile.’

U.S. hopes IAEA report clearer on Iran nuclear fears


But it is too early to say if the report about Iran’s uranium enrichment program could prompt Tehran’s referral to the U.N. Security Council, Glyn Davies, the U.S. envoy to the watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, told reporters in Santiago on the first stop of a Latin American trip to study uses of nuclear power.”We expect the IAEA to begin to get more explicitly into the issue of what is called the possible military dimensions of the Iranian nuclear program,” Davies said. “I hope what we’ll see from the IAEA is sort of a sharpening of the case.”“We’ll see whether there’s enough there for further action by the board of governors of the IAEA,” referring to the possibility of reporting Iran to the U.N. Security Council.The United States and its allies have urged IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano to declare plainly whether he believes there have been military aspects to Tehran’s nuclear activities and whether such work may still be going on.Such a move by the IAEA could raise pressure on Tehran and offer more arguments for Western powers to tighten sanctions on the major oil producer.Sanctions against Iran are effective, Davies said, and have slowed the country’s nuclear program.President Barack Obama said on Thursday that an alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States will prompt Washington to apply the toughest possible sanctions to further isolate Tehran.SYRIAN REACTOR PROBEDavies said he didn’t know what progress would be made at a planned meeting between United Nations nuclear inspectors and Syrian officials this month to try to kick-start a long-stalled probe into a suspected reactor site bombed to rubble in Syria by Israel in 2007.”The Syrians have said once again they’ll cooperate… I don’t know where it’s going to go,” he said.U.S. intelligence reports have said that before the Israeli raid, Dair Alzour had housed a nascent, North Korean-designed reactor intended to produce plutonium for atomic weaponry.Syria says it was a nonnuclear military facility, but the IAEA concluded in May that Dair Alzour was “very likely” to have been a nuclear reactor that should have been declared.”They (Syria) have been covering up like nobody’s business,” Davies said. “Obviously there is a bit of hierarchy of safeguard cases … and for us, Iran looms largest.”Davies is also set to visit Peru, Argentina and Brazil.


What’s in the IAEA’s report on Iran’s nuclear program?
The title of the report may be dull — Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement and relevant provisions of Security Council resolutions in the Islamic Republic of Iran — but the implications could be explosive. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) lays out “credible” evidence that Iran is working towards developing a nuclear weapon.

“Iran has no intention of compromising its ‘rights’ to pursue atomic activities disputed by Western powers, but it is prepared to join new discussions with other governments, senior Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili told the European Union in a written communication last week.

Iran can rejoin further dialogue ‘as soon as you are ready,’ Reuters quoted Jalili as saying in the Sept. 6 letter to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. ‘The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that a just negotiation and talk is the only way to remove existing misunderstandings in all areas.’

Tehran could collaborate with other capitals in eliminating and preventing the spread of weapons, according to the statement. The document does not refer to calls by the International Atomic Energy Agency for Iran to clarify indications that it is developing nuclear-capable missile; the Middle Eastern nation has maintained the allegation relies on falsified supporting material.”


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