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Iran agrees to continued surveillance of nuclear sites

Iran agrees to continued surveillance of nuclear sites

International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said he yesterday had a "very short but very constructive" trip to Tehran. He said Iran had agreed to allow IAEA inspectors to service monitoring and surveillance equipment and replace the digital storage media in cameras at declared nuclear sites.

Regulation & Safety 13 September 2021


US, Norway work together to eliminate HEU

US, Norway work together to eliminate HEU

The US Department of Energy and Norway’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to advance a cooperative project to eliminate all of Norway’s highly enriched uranium by downblending it to low-enriched uranium. The MoU calls for downblending activities to begin in 2022 using Norway's existing infrastructure, followed by the eventual deployment of the DOE's Mobile Melt-Consolidate system.

Waste & Recycling 03 September 2021


NNSA initiatives support domestic nuclear security

NNSA initiatives support domestic nuclear security

The US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration has issued two cooperative agreements worth a total of USD37 million to NorthStar Medical Technologies, LLC to support the commercial production of the medical isotope molybdenum-99  without using high-enriched uranium. It has also launched RadSecure 100, a major radiological security initiative to enhance US radiological security at facilities in 100 metropolitan areas throughout the USA.

Regulation & Safety 31 August 2021


Dark matter research provides starting point for radiation detector

Dark matter research provides starting point for radiation detector

A prototype detector based on a system originally developed to help detect the presence of dark matter is about to undergo testing at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories. The liquid argon-based ALARM system offers significant improvements in detecting neutron and gamma radiation compared with existing technology, and could potentially be used to prevent the illicit movement of nuclear materials across international borders.

Regulation & Safety 10 August 2021


Work starts on IAEA nuclear security training facility

Work starts on IAEA nuclear security training facility

The International Atomic Energy Agency has begun construction at its Seibersdorf facility near Vienna of a new building that will house a nuclear security training centre. The IAEA Nuclear Security Training and Demonstration Centre - scheduled to be operational in 2023 - will help strengthen countries' abilities to tackle nuclear terrorism in areas such as the illegal trafficking of nuclear material and the physical protection of facilities and major public events.

Regulation & Safety 13 July 2021


IAEA completes security advisory mission in Belarus

IAEA completes security advisory mission in Belarus

An International Atomic Energy Agency team of experts last week completed a nuclear security advisory mission in Belarus, which was carried out at the request of its government. The two-week International Physical Protection Advisory Service mission reviewed the national security regime for nuclear material and associated facilities and activities.

Regulation & Safety 12 July 2021


IAEA warns of further nuclear deal violations by Iran

IAEA warns of further nuclear deal violations by Iran

International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi has informed the agency's Board of Governors that Iran intends to use indigenously-produced uranium enriched up to 20% U-235 in the manufacture of fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor, an IAEA spokesperson told World Nuclear News today. In doing so, as part of a multi-stage process, Iran will also produce uranium metal enriched up to 20% U-235.

Regulation & Safety 07 July 2021


Guterres urges lifting of US sanctions on Iran

Guterres urges lifting of US sanctions on Iran

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged the US administration "to lift or waive" all sanctions on Iran as agreed under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. In a report to the UN Security Council, Guterres also appealed to Iran to return to full implementation of the nuclear deal it agreed six years ago with the USA, France, the UK, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union. In addition, he urged the USA to "extend the waivers with regard to the trade in oil with the Islamic Republic of Iran, and fully renew waivers for nuclear non-proliferation projects".

Regulation & Safety 01 July 2021


Iran-IAEA cooperation unclear as 'technical understanding' expires

Iran-IAEA cooperation unclear as 'technical understanding' expires

The one-month extension to the 'temporary technical understanding' between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency expired on 24 June and Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told reporters in Tehran today that no decision had yet been made on whether or not to continue with the arrangement.

Regulation & Safety 28 June 2021


IAEA restricted in assessing Iran's nuclear programme

IAEA restricted in assessing Iran's nuclear programme

The lack of progress in clarifying the International Atomic Energy Agency's questions concerning the correctness and completeness of Iran's safeguards declarations seriously affects the ability of the IAEA to provide assurance of the peaceful nature of the country's nuclear programme, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said today in his opening statement to the quarterly session of the IAEA Board of Governors.

Regulation & Safety 07 June 2021