Related Topic: Non Proliferation

IAEA reports on safeguards activities in 2019

IAEA reports on safeguards activities in 2019

The International Atomic Energy Agency applied nuclear safeguards in 183 states worldwide last year, according to its Safeguards Statement for 2019. IAEA safeguards are a series of technical measures that provide the international community with confidence that nuclear material is used for peaceful purposes and not to produce nuclear weapons.

Regulation & Safety 29 June 2020


IAEA calls on Iran to meet safeguards obligations

IAEA calls on Iran to meet safeguards obligations

The International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors today adopted a resolution calling on Iran to fully cooperate with the IAEA in implementing its NPT Safeguards Agreement and Additional Protocol and satisfy the IAEA's requests without further delay. The resolution, submitted by France, Germany and the UK, was adopted by a vote of 25 to 2 with 7 abstentions. The two objections were made by China and Russia.

Nuclear Policies 19 June 2020


EU and others 'regret' US decision on Iran sanctions

EU and others 'regret' US decision on Iran sanctions

The European Union plus France, Germany and the UK have said they "deeply regret" the USA's decision to end three sanction waivers covering Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action projects in Iran. Separately, a spokesperson for China's Foreign Ministry said the US decision "hampers" international non-proliferation progress.

Nuclear Policies 01 June 2020


Belgium starts producing Mo-99 using LEU

Belgium starts producing Mo-99 using LEU

Belgium's Institute of Radioelements has produced its first batch of the medical radioisotope molybdenum-99 using a low-enriched uranium target rather than a high-enriched uranium one. The use of HEU is seen as a potential nuclear proliferation risk.

Regulation & Safety 04 May 2020


IAEA highlights work to convert research reactors

IAEA highlights work to convert research reactors

Almost 3500 kg of highly enriched uranium has been removed from research reactor sites around the world over the past few decades, thanks to efforts supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Seventy-one research reactors have been converted to use low-enriched uranium fuel since 1978. Conversion of such reactors to use LEU reduces the proliferation risk presented by HEU.

Regulation & Safety 24 February 2020


Canada, USA complete used fuel return

Canada, USA complete used fuel return

A campaign to move used highly enriched uranium fuel from Canada to the USA, which began in 2015, has been completed a year ahead of schedule, the US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited have announced.

Waste & Recycling 13 February 2020


BWXT to support HALEU research reactor fuel programme

BWXT to support HALEU research reactor fuel programme

The US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration has awarded an initial USD3.6 million contract to BWXT Nuclear Operations Group as the manufacturer of a uranium-molybdenum alloy high assay low-enriched uranium fuel to facilitate the conversion of US research reactors that currently use high-enriched uranium.
 

Uranium & Fuel 12 February 2020


IAEA chief highlights political commitment to nuclear security

IAEA chief highlights political commitment to nuclear security

Rafael Mariano Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, has pledged to build on the political impetus seen in international cooperation in nuclear security in recent years. "It is vital that we remain ahead of the curve in guarding against nuclear terrorism," he told delegates at an event in Vienna yesterday.

Regulation & Safety 16 January 2020


European leaders trigger dispute mechanism of Iran nuclear deal

European leaders trigger dispute mechanism of Iran nuclear deal

The foreign ministers of France, Germany and the UK have triggered a dispute resolution mechanism over the nuclear deal with Iran - the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - following the Middle Eastern country's further step away from its commitments. Josep Borrell, EU foreign affairs chief and coordinator of the JCPOA joint commission, said he had received today a letter from the three ministers for resolution through the mechanism, as set out in paragraph 36 of the agreement.

Nuclear Policies 14 January 2020


Iran scraps limit on uranium enrichment

Iran scraps limit on uranium enrichment

Iran said yesterday it will ignore the limit on the number of uranium enrichment centrifuges agreed under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), thus withdrawing from the last operational restriction imposed by the 2015 deal. The statement, reported by the Mehr news agency, followed the US assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani last week.

Regulation & Safety 06 January 2020