News January 2007

31 January 2007

New nukes

British Energy plans to solicit proposals for the construction of new nuclear power plants in the U.K. The move may signal the start of a race among other power producers, including E.ON AG, RWE AG and Electricite de France SA, to replace aged power stations with more efficient ones that emit less carbon dioxide. Britain’s government is preparing an energy bill that it hopes will help …

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30 January 2007

South Korea

South Korea has announced plans to spend 2.44 trln won over five years to build homegrown light-water nuclear reactors and develop fuel technology. ABC Money 30th Jan 2007

North Korea

Six-nation talks on tackling North Korea’s nuclear ambitions will resume on 8 February, hosts China announced. BBC 30th Jan 2007 Sky 30th Jan 2007

Sweden

Sweden’s nuclear …

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29 January 2007

THORP

British Nuclear Group has run into new safety problems at the controversial Thermal Oxide Reprocessing Plant (Thorp) which have delayed its restart. The move threatens to undermine the precarious finances of the government’s clean-up organisation, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), which relies on Thorp for its income. Faults have been discovered on evaporators necessary for drying radioactive liquid produced by Thorp and the plant cannot operate until these …

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28 January 2007

Iran

Iran’s efforts to produce highly enriched uranium, the material used to make nuclear bombs, are in chaos and the country is still years from mastering the required technology. Iran’s uranium enrichment programme has been plagued by constant technical problems, lack of access to outside technology and knowhow, and a failure to master the complex production-engineering processes involved. The country denies developing weapons, saying its pursuit of uranium …

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27 January 2007

Iran

Iran’s former president Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani on Friday called on officials to adopt a ‘wiser rhetoric’ in the course of the nuclear dispute.Monsters and Critics 26th Jan 2007

Iran has demanded the removal of the UN official overseeing nuclear inspections in the country, accusing him of breach of trust.Daily Mail 26th Jan 2007

North Korea

North Korea on Saturday dismissed speculation it was helping Iran develop its atomic programmes, insisting it …

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26 January 2007

Iran

The Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, dramatically raised the stakes in the international showdown with Iran last night, with a clear warning that his country was prepared to use military force to prevent Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.Belfast Telegraph 25th Jan 2007

The US is up to its old, aggressive tricks again, pushing its European allies to take a hard line on Iran. But this time, Washington looks …

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25 January 2007

Iran

The Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, dramatically raised the stakes in the international showdown with Iran last night, with a clear warning that his country was prepared to use military force to prevent Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.Independent 25th Jan 2007

Internal pressure on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran to abandon his confrontational policies with the West has intensified after Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country’s supreme …

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24 January 2007

Iran

North Korea is helping Iran to prepare an underground nuclear test similar to the one Pyongyang carried out last year. Under the terms of a new understanding between the two countries, the North Koreans have agreed to share all the data and information they received from their successful test last October with Teheran’s nuclear scientists.Telegraph 24th Jan 2007

North Korea

North Korea is showing “flexibility” to a “proactive” offer by the US …

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23 January 2007

New nukes

The government has chosen one of the UK’s top public and private finance experts, KPMG director Dr Tim Stone, as a senior advisor to lead on a new generation of nuclear power stations. The Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Alistair Darling, today announced the appointment of Stone to a role some have termed the government’s “nuclear tsar”, leading the development of arrangements for the costs associated with …

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22 January 2007

Russia

The Russian Parliament has approved a new Bill to consolidate all of Russia’s nuclear fuel production and export companies into a single state-owned holding company, called Atomprom.Times 22nd Jan 2007

China

There is one obvious point to make about China shooting down a satellite. It might have been a shock. It should not have been a surprise. A few weeks ago, the US and …

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