The US envoy expressed concern after North Korea failed to meet Saturday’s deadline to shut down its main nuclear reactor and processing facility.
Channel 4 News 14th April 2007
North Korea said on Friday it remained committed to a nuclear disarmament deal one day before it is widely expected to miss a deadline to shut down a nuclear reactor because of a financial dispute.
Reuters 13th April 2007
Libya is pushing ahead with plans to set up a nuclear power plant for civilian use with the hope that western nations will provide technical and financial assistance, according to senior Libyan officials. Matoug Matoug, secretary-general of the General Peoples Committee of manpower, employment and training, told the Financial Times the North African state needed the plant to help meet rising demand for electricity generation and water desalination.
FT 14th April 2007
The head of the UN atomic watchdog said on Thursday that the oil-rich Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has the right to develop nuclear energy for peaceful ends. ElBaradei said he advised the GCC countries to begin by constructing a plant for research purposes to train staff.
Middle East Online 13th April 2007
Letter: All the pro-independence parties in Scotland are anti-Trident. Thus, independence also means freedom from this criminal and illegal WMD. And not only for us in Scotland, but for our cousins south of the Border, too. Because Trident is not like a taxi; it cannot simply be shunted down to England. The four submarines can not be transferred to Portsmouth or Plymouth. They do not have the technical resources to house the beast. The 200 nuclear bombs that are at present hidden in the mountains around Coulport can not be taken south and buried, say, in the Mendip Hills. The people of England would not like this.
Herald 14th April 200
The controversial European Pressurised Reactor was finally approved with a decree signed by French Prime Minister Dominic de Villepin on Wednesday. Construction work is scheduled to start by the end of the year on the cliffs near the town of Flamanville in the La Manche region. Politicians from opposition parties denounced the lack of debate in the lead-up to the decision, rendered particularly sensitive by the approaching presidential elections.
Greenpeace also called the decision a “denial of democratic rights” and threatened to take the issue up in court. 78% of all French say renewables should be developed as a priority and only 19% back the government in its continued support for nuclear energy, according to a recent survey.
Edie 13th April 2007
Canada’s House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources has recommended that no decision should be made on using nuclear power to help extract oil from the country’s tar sands until the consequences of the process are known and understood. Those in favour of using nuclear power say the technology is well placed to provide the steam and electrical power needed for extraction from Alberta’s oil sands but others think gasification coupled with carbon dioxide capture and storage would be more competitive. The issue of what to do with the resultant radioactive waste was also a factor the committee considered.
Nuclear Engineering International 13th April 2007
Camec, the African-mining group run by the former England spin bowler Phil Edmonds, has targeted expansion in the booming market for uranium after launching an offer for OmegaCorp that values the Australian miner at nearly £100m.
Independent 14th April 2007
Guardian 14th April 2007