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Iran says damage at nuclear site 'significant'

Jul 06, 2020 - 12:50 PM

'There were no victims... but the damage is significant on a financial level,' Iranian Atomic Energy Organization spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi says

DAMAGED. A handout picture provided by Iran's Atomic Energy Organization shows a warehouse after it was damaged at the Natanz facility, one of Iran's main uranium enrichment plants, south of the capital Tehran on July 2, 2020. Handout photo by Iran Atomic Organization (aeoinews)/AFP

U.S., Russia divided over Chinese role in nuclear talks

Jun 23, 2020 - 11:49 PM

Observers fear New START could go the way of several other international agreements, which have fallen by the wayside during Donald Trump's tenure in line with his 'America First' foreign policy

NEW START TREATY. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (R) walks with Russia's President Vladimir Putin before taking a family photo at the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S., Russia arms talks start with little hope of accord

Jun 22, 2020 - 12:44 PM

The United States and Russia are meeting on June 22 in Vienna for talks on their last major nuclear weapons agreement against a backdrop of growing tensions over whether they see any value in arms control at all

ARMS TALKS. A Russian Yars RS-24 intercontinental ballistic missile system drives through Red Square in Moscow, on May 7, 2015, during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

U.N. nuclear watchdog passes resolution criticizing Iran

Jun 19, 2020 - 5:17 PM

The resolution urges Tehran to provide inspectors from the IAEA with access to two sites in Iran in order to clarify whether undeclared nuclear activity took place there in the early 2000s

Iran warns against U.N. nuclear watchdog resolution

Jun 16, 2020 - 9:21 PM

Diplomats say the resolution will call on Iran to provide access to two locations where past nuclear activity may have occurred – sites to which the IAEA has been trying to gain access for months

IRAN AND THE IAEA. Kazem Gharib Abadi, Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), attends the IAEA Board of Governors meeting at the agency's headquarters in Vienna, Austria on November 21, 2019. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

U.N. nuclear watchdog chief asks Iran for access to disputed sites

Jun 15, 2020 - 10:43 PM

Rafael Grossi repeats an appeal to Iran to 'cooperate immediately and fully' with the International Atomic Energy Agency

U.S. and Russia to resume nuclear talks, but China casts cloud

Jun 10, 2020 - 9:29 AM

Russia warns that US insistence on including China could scuttle efforts for a major disarmament treaty

HEADS. US President Donald Trump (R) walks with Russia's President Vladimir Putin before taking a family photo at the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Iran dismisses 'desperate' U.S. move to end nuclear waivers

May 28, 2020 - 11:47 PM

Iran's ambassador to the United Nations says that with the move, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is pulling the 'final plug' on the nuclear deal after President Donald Trump withdrew the US from it in 2018

'FINAL PLUG.' In this file photo, Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi speaks to the media before a meeting with other UN members on the escalating situation with the United States at United Nation headquarters on June 24, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

North Korea discusses new policies for increasing 'nuclear war deterrence' – KCNA

May 24, 2020 - 9:15 AM

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un discusses with the Central Military Commission 'crucial measures... for considerably increasing the firepower strike ability' of the military

IN HONOR. People wearing face masks leave after laying flowers before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on the occasion of the 108th birthday of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung on April 15, 2020. Photo by KIM Won Jin/AFP  IN HONOR. People wearing face masks leave after laying flowers before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on the occasion of the 108th birthday of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung on April 15, 2020. Photo by KIM Won Jin/AFP

In twist to press arms ban, U.S. asserts role in Iran deal

Apr 28, 2020 - 1:49 PM

The push to extend an arms embargo draws skepticism from Western allies and leads critics to question if the ultimate aim is to kill the deal entirely, potentially in the final stretch of Trump's re-election campaign

MIKE POMPEO. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a press briefing at the State Department in Washington, DC, on April 22, 2020. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Duterte studies proposals to tap nuclear energy

Mar 03, 2020 - 4:53 PM

A proposed executive order to add nuclear energy to the Philippines' energy sources is also up for President Rodrigo Duterte's approval, says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

QUICK CHAT. President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Energy Secretary Alfonso prior to the start of the 46th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang Palace on March 2, 2020. Malacañang photo

Iran open to 'any initiative' after talks to save nuclear deal

Feb 26, 2020 - 7:50 PM

(UPDATED) A diplomat says no timetable has been fixed for solving the dispute, adding 'we are still far from a result'

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. A handout picture released by Iran's Atomic Energy Organization on December 23, 2019, shows the nuclear water reactor of Arak, south of capital Tehran, during a visit by the head of the organization Ali Akbar Salehi. AFP PHOTO/HO/ATOMIC ENERGY ORGANIZATION OF IRAN

France begins shutting down oldest nuclear plant

Feb 22, 2020 - 4:32 PM

The plant will be fully decommissioned by 2040 at the earliest

This aerial picture taken on February 20, 2020, shows Fessenheim nuclear powerplant in Fessenheim, eastern France. - France will start closing its oldest atomic power plant after 43 years in operation, the first in a series of reactor shutdowns but hardly a signal the country will reduce its reliance on nuclear energy anytime soon. (Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP)

UAE issues license for 1st Arab nuclear power plant

Feb 17, 2020 - 11:17 PM

The UAE has substantial energy reserves, but with a power-hungry population of 10 million it has made huge investments in developing alternative power sources including solar

FIRST IN THE ARAB WORLD. A handout picture obtained from the media office of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant on February 13, 2020, shows a view of the power plant in the Gharbiya region of Abu Dhabi on the Gulf coastline about 50 kilometers west of Ruwais. AFP PHOTO/Barakah Nuclear Power Plant

EU calls Iran nuclear talks in bid to save deal

Jan 25, 2020 - 12:01 AM

Josep Borrell, the EU's diplomatic chief, says the so-called joint commission that oversees the deal and comprises representatives of all the countries involved will meet in February

IRAN DEAL. European Commission Vice-President in charge for High-Representative of the Union for Foreign Policy and Security Policy Josep Borrell speaks during a conference at the 12th European Space Conference in Brussels on January 21, 2020. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Iran says it may pull out of nuclear treaty over Europe dispute

Jan 20, 2020 - 7:19 PM

Iran accuses Britain, France, and Germany of inaction over sanctions the United States reimposed on it after unilaterally withdrawing from the landmark accord in 2018

MOHAMMAD JAVAD ZARIF. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on as he gives a press conference with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara, Turkey, on April 17, 2019. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Japan court halts nuclear reactor restart citing volcano, quake risks

Jan 17, 2020 - 6:02 PM

Shikoku Electric criticizes the ruling, stressing the scientific merit of the firm's argument that it was safe to operate the reactor

AGAINST NUCLEAR. Residents and others opposing the reactor restart gather near the Ikata nuclear power plant of Shikoku Electric Power in Ehime prefecture, about 700 kilometers southwest of Tokyo on August 12, 2016. File photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Millennials fear nuclear attack in the next decade – survey

Jan 16, 2020 - 9:13 PM

Some 47% of respondents to the poll of 16,000 young people also believe it was more likely than not that there would be a third world war in their lifetime

EU states launch process disputing Iran's nuclear compliance

Jan 15, 2020 - 12:18 AM

The foreign ministers of Britain, France, and Germany say Iran has been progressively scaling back its commitments under the deal since May last year

IRAN'S AND NUCLEAR POWER. In this file photo taken on November 10, 2019 an Iranian flag flutters in Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Iran nuclear deal hangs by thin thread

Jan 06, 2020 - 10:39 PM

Iran has not said it wants to quit the agreement, leaving some room for the deal's remaining parties to try to save it, according to analysts

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. This file photo taken on July 14, 2015, shows Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arriving to the final plenary meeting of a nuclear deal at UN's IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria. File photo by Joe Klamar/Pool/AFP

Iran to finalize new retreat from nuclear deal

Jan 05, 2020 - 8:20 PM

A foreign ministry spokesman says 'some chances will be made'

A handout picture released by Iran's Atomic Energy Organization on November 6, 2019, reportedly shows a truck carrying UF6 fuel leaving the Natanz nuclear power plant in the central Iranian province of Isfahan to the underground Fordo (Fordow) facility. - Iran's atomic energy agency said its Fordo (Fordow) plant would begin enriching uranium from midnight, in another step towards reducing the country's obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal, sparking concern by some of the remaining parties to the troubled agreement. (Photo by - / Atomic Energy Organization of Iran / AFP) / === RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / ATOMIC ENERGY ORGANIZATION OF IRAN" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ===

North Korea ends test moratoriums, threatens 'new' weapon

Jan 01, 2020 - 8:33 AM

(UPDATED) 'The world will witness a new strategic weapon to be possessed by the DPRK in the near future,' says North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

NO MORE MORATORIUM. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's announcement threatens to destroy nuclear diplomacy in the last two years. File photo from Korean Central News Agency/AFP

Quake strikes near Iran nuclear power plant

Dec 27, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Its reported epicenter is 45 kilometers east of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, on the southwest Gulf coast

China, Russia, Iran to hold joint naval drills

Dec 26, 2019 - 6:43 PM

China's foreign minister says the exercises are part of 'normal military cooperation' between the 3 countries

COOPERATION. File photo of Iranian political deputy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran Abbas Araghchi (2nd L), and Kazem Gharib Abadi (L) Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), arriving at a meeting of the Joint Commission on Iran's nuclear program (JCPOA) at EU Delegation to the International Organizations office in Vienna, Austria, on December 6, 2019. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

Japan could release Fukushima radioactive water into environment

Dec 24, 2019 - 3:26 PM

Japan's Agency for Natural Resources and Energy proposes 3 ways to deal with the water: Releasing it into the sea, into the air using vaporization, or a combination of the two

Iran nuclear deal parties meet as accord nears collapse

Dec 06, 2019 - 11:49 PM

Envoys from Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia and Iran are taking part in the meeting, which is the first time the 6 parties gather in this format since July

At 50, Europe's oldest nuclear plant not ready to retire

Dec 05, 2019 - 4:25 PM

Commercial operation began at Switzerland's Beznau plant on December 9, 1969 – back when The Beatles were still together and a man had just walked on the Moon

This picture taken on July 9, 2019, shows a general view of Switzerland's Beznau nuclear plant near Dottingen. Europe's oldest functioning nuclear reactor, at Switzerland's Beznau plant, will turn 50 next week -- a lifespan deemed dangerously long by environmentalists who are demanding that it be shut down immediately. Commercial operation began at the plant in the northern canton of Aargau, near the German border, on December 9, 1969 -- back when The Beatles were still together and a man had just walked on the Moon. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP

PH chemists invent abaca-based fabric to filter toxic pollutants

Dec 04, 2019 - 9:40 AM

The invention was declared as the regional winner for the Outstanding Utility Model Award at the 2019 DOST Regional Invention Contests and Exhibits

DEMO. During a training course hosted by the Philippines under the International Atomic Energy Agency, representatives from the Asia-Pacific observe as a researcher demonstrates radiation grafting procedures at the PNRI Chemistry Research Section. Photo from DOST

Iran says may 'reconsider' atomic watchdog commitments

Dec 01, 2019 - 8:21 PM

Iran warns they will reconsider if European parties trigger a dispute mechanism that could lead to sanctions

A handout picture released by Iran's Atomic Energy Organization on November 6, 2019, reportedly shows a truck carrying UF6 fuel leaving the Natanz nuclear power plant in the central Iranian province of Isfahan to the underground Fordo (Fordow) facility. - Iran's atomic energy agency said its Fordo (Fordow) plant would begin enriching uranium from midnight, in another step towards reducing the country's obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal, sparking concern by some of the remaining parties to the troubled agreement. (Photo by - / Atomic Energy Organization of Iran / AFP) / === RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / ATOMIC ENERGY ORGANIZATION OF IRAN" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ===

North Korea blasts Japan's Abe, warns of 'real ballistic missile'

Nov 30, 2019 - 11:55 PM

'Abe may see what a real ballistic missile is in the not distant future and under his nose... Abe is none other than a perfect imbecile,' says a foreign ministry official, as reported by North Korean news agency KCNA

WORD WAR. North Korea hits back at Japan for its criticisms against the solitary state's nuclear exercises. Kim file photo from KCNA via KNS/AFP; Abe file photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

In Hiroshima, Pope Francis assails 'crime' of nuclear weapons

Nov 24, 2019 - 7:32 PM

'A true peace can only be an unarmed peace,' says the pontiff

POPE IN HIROSHIMA. Pope Francis speaks by the cenotaph in memory of those killed in the 1945 atomic bombing during an event held at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on November 24, 2019. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope Francis arrives in Japan to preach anti-nuclear message

Nov 23, 2019 - 5:29 PM

In a video message before his visit, Pope Francis says he prays 'that the destructive power of nuclear weapons will never be unleashed again in human history'

Nuclear agency urges Iran to explain uranium particles at undeclared site

Nov 21, 2019 - 11:49 PM

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says its inspectors had 'detected natural uranium particles of anthropogenic origin at a location in Iran not declared to the agency'

IRAN AND THE IAEA. Kazem Gharib Abadi, Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), attends the IAEA Board of Governors meeting at the agency's headquarters in Vienna, Austria on November 21, 2019. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

Iran now enriching uranium to 5%

Nov 09, 2019 - 9:57 PM

Irans' Atomic Organization says the country has the 'capacity to produce 5%, 20%, 60%, or any percentage' of enriched uranium

RISING PERCENTAGE. A handout picture released by Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation on November 9, 2019, shows spokesman for the organisation Behrouz Kamalvandi (2nd-R) speaking with journalists at the Fordo (Forwdow) Uranium Conversion Facility in Qom, about 130 kilometres south of the capital Tehran. Photo from Atomic Energy Organization of Iran

Iran downs unidentified drone near Gulf coast – reports

Nov 08, 2019 - 8:28 PM

The unmanned aircraft is downed over Iranian territory with a domestically manufactured Mersad surface-to-air missile

Locator map of Iran

Iran resumes uranium enrichment at Fordow plant in new stepback from deal

Nov 07, 2019 - 2:46 PM

(UPDATED) Iran begins feeding uranium hexafluoride gas into the mothballed enrichment centrifuges in 'the first minutes of Thursday,' a statement says

URANIUM ENRICHMENT. A handout picture released by Iran's Atomic Energy Organization on November 6, 2019, shows the interior of the Fordo Uranium Conversion Facility in Qom, in the north of the country. Handout photo by Atomic Energy Organization of Iran/AFP

What is left of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal?

Nov 07, 2019 - 1:24 PM

Here's a look back at the 2015 Iran nuclear accord, as well as the setbacks that have occurred since

NUCLEAR DEAL. A handout picture released by Iran's Atomic Energy Organization on November 6, 2019, reportedly shows a truck carrying UF6 fuel leaving the Natanz nuclear power plant in the central Iranian province of Isfahan to the underground Fordo (Fordow) facility. Handout photo by Atomic Energy Organization of Iran/AFP

Iran says to resume enrichment at underground plant

Nov 05, 2019 - 8:44 PM

The suspension of all enrichment at the Fordow plant in the mountains near the Shiite holy city of Qom was one of the restrictions on its nuclear activities that Iran accepted in return for the lifting of international sanctions

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on November 5, 2019, shows President Hassan Rouhani speaking during the opening of a factory in the capital Tehran. AFP PHOTO/HO/IRANIAN PRESIDENCY

Iran announces sharp rise in enriched uranium production

Nov 04, 2019 - 9:17 PM

Iran has also developed two new advanced centrifuges, one of which is undergoing testing, says Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran

ENRICHED URANIUM. Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi gives a joint press point with the commissioner of the European Commission in charge of Climate Action and Energy, in Brussels on November 26, 2018. File photo by François Walschaerts/AFP

Indian nuclear power plant confirms North Korean malware on its network

Oct 31, 2019 - 8:23 PM

The malware, Dtrack, affects the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant's administrative network and not the internal network controlling the reactors

North Korea says no talks unless U.S. stops hostile policies

Oct 06, 2019 - 8:18 PM

(UPDATED) A spokesman says 'the fate of the US-North Korea dialogue is in Washington's hands and the deadline is until the end of this year'

WALKING AWAY FROM TALKS. A woman walks past a television news screen showing file footage of a meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the truce village of Panmunjom, at a railway station in Seoul on September 10, 2019. File photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

North Korean, U.S. officials at nuclear talks after latest missile test

Oct 05, 2019 - 8:03 PM

Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Lindh says that dialogue is needed to reach 'denuclearization and peaceful solution'

NUCLEAR TALKS. Members of the North Korean delegation arrive to Arlanda airport north of Stockholm on October 3, 2019. AFP photo

India-Pakistan nuclear war could kill 100 million

Oct 03, 2019 - 12:53 PM

The scenario modeled by researchers envisages more than 100 million immediate deaths and global mass starvation should a nuclear war occur between India and Pakistan

THE THREAT OF NUKES. This handout photograph released by Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on December 15, 2015, a Shaheen 1A surface-to-surface ballistic missile launches from an undisclosed location in Pakistan. File photo by ISPR/AFP

Iran leader says Europe untrustworthy, condemns 'hostility'

Sep 26, 2019 - 9:56 PM

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's remarks follow a failed European push to arrange a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly

SUPREME LEADER. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivering a speech on the 25th anniversary of the death of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, at his mausoleum in a suburb of Tehran on June 4, 2014. File photo by Iranian Supreme Leader's Website/Handout/AFP

Japan's new environment minister wants to scrap nuclear power

Sep 12, 2019 - 6:02 PM

The comments from Shinjiro Koizumi, a rising political star and son of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, are his first on the controversial issue since he was named in a cabinet reshuffle

DANGEROUS. A staff member of the Tokyo Electric Power Company measures radiation levels between reactor unit 2 and unit 3 (Rear) at the tsunami-crippled Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture. Photo by Kimmasa Mayama/Pool/AFP

Iran to unveil details on nuclear commitment cuts

Sep 06, 2019 - 9:28 AM

Iran's atomic energy organization is set to announce Tehran's third round of cuts in its nuclear commitments since May

NOT LEAVING. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on May 6, 2018 shows President Hassan Rouhani giving a speech during a rally in the northwestern city of Sabzevar. Photo courtesy of Iranian Presidency/AFP

Iran rules out direct U.S. talks

Sep 03, 2019 - 6:46 PM

President Hassan Rouhani says any dialogue with the US will have to fall within the framework of the group of major powers that agreed the landmark nuclear deal with Iran in 2015

US-IRAN TALKS. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani addresses parliament in the capital Tehran on September 3, 2019. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Iran's Rouhani warns Macron of looming nuclear step

Sep 01, 2019 - 3:24 PM

Rouhani's chief of staff says the next step would be taken 'in the event Iran's demands are not met'

IRAN'S LEADER. In this file handout picture by the Iranian presidential office, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech during the 'nuclear technology day' in Tehran on April 9, 2019. Photo by HO/Iranian Presidency/AFP

Trump ready to meet Iranian president in potential breakthrough

Aug 26, 2019 - 8:50 PM

(UPDATED) 'I knew everything he (Macron) was doing and I approved everything he was doing,' says US President Donald Trump, adding that the French president 'asked for my approval'

TRUMP ON IRAN. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks to the press aboard Air Force One in flight on June 29, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

North Korea dismisses nuclear talks if 'hostile military moves' by U.S. continue

Aug 22, 2019 - 2:03 PM

A spokesman for North Korea's foreign ministry dashes hopes for renewed dialogue, attacking a recent mid-range cruise missile test by the US and plans to deploy F-35 fighter jets in the region as 'dangerous'