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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

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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'

U.S. 'prepared to engage' with North Korea in nuclear talks – envoy

Aug 21, 2019 - 4:31 PM

Anticipation for renewed dialogue is on the rise after the US and ally South Korea wrapped up a two-week joint military drill on August 20

NUCLEAR TALKS. US special envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun shakes hands with his South Korean counterpart Lee Do-hoon during their meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul on August 21, 2019. Photo by Kim Hong-Ji/AFP

Russia, China blast U.S. missile test

Aug 21, 2019 - 7:21 AM

Russia's deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov says, the 'US has obviously taken a course towards escalation of military tensions. We won't react to provocations.'

This US Department of Defense (DOD) handout photo shows on August 18, at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, when the Defense Department conducted a flight test of a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile at San Nicolas Island, California. The test missile exited its ground mobile launcher and accurately impacted its target after more than 500 kilometers of flight. Data collected and lessons learned from this test will inform DOD's development of future intermediate-range capabilities. Scott HOWE / DoD / AFP

U.S. tests medium-range cruise missile after exiting INF treaty

Aug 20, 2019 - 5:52 PM

The launch is a sign of Washington beefing up its nuclear war-fighting capabilities in the wake of the collapse of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

TEST. This US Department of Defense handout photo shows on August 18, at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, when the Defense Department conducted a flight test of a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile at San Nicolas Island, California. AFP PHOTO /DOD/SCOTT HOWE/HANDOUT

Iran 'favors' talks despite Trump snub

Aug 06, 2019 - 8:37 PM

'Iran favors talks and negotiations and, if the US really wants to talk, before anything else it should lift all sanctions,' says President Hassan Rouhani

NUCLEAR DEAL. US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. File photos by Atta Kenare and Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Japan urged to sign United Nations nuke ban on Hiroshima anniversary

Aug 06, 2019 - 9:56 AM

Hiroshima's mayor urges Japan to sign a landmark UN treaty banning nuclear weapons as the city marks 74 years since being targeted in the world's first atomic attack

MEMORIAL. Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui (R) offers a new list of A-bomb dead, people who died since previous year's anniversary from the side effects of radiation, during the 74th anniversary of memorial service for atomic bomb victims at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on August 6, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Putin urges new arms talks with U.S. to avoid 'chaos'

Aug 05, 2019 - 11:05 PM

President Vladimir Putin says that if Russia receives information about US development of new missiles, it 'will be forced to begin the full-scale development of similar missiles'

NEW TALKS? Russian President Vladimir Putin, officials and other attendees listen to the national anthem at the end of Vladimir Putin's annual state of the nation address in Moscow on February 20, 2019. File photo by Mikhail Klimentyev / Sputnik/AFP

U.S., Russia rip up Cold War-era INF missile treaty

Aug 02, 2019 - 5:10 PM

(UPDATED) Moscow says the deal has been terminated 'at the initiative of the US,' while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Russia is 'solely responsible for the treaty's demise'

INF TREATY. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (R) attends a meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Iran says Europe 'obliged' to let it sell and ship oil

Jul 31, 2019 - 7:11 PM

Iran has been pushing the European parties to the deal – Britain, France, and Germany – to adhere to their commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal despite US pressure

ZARIF. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on as he gives a press conference in Ankara, Turkey, on April 17, 2019. File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Iran open to UK tanker swap amid hopes for 'progress'

Jul 24, 2019 - 9:10 PM

'We don't want tensions with some European countries,' says President Hassan Rouhani

ROUHANI. A handout picture made available by the Iranian presidential office shows, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivering a speech in Tehran on April 9, 2019. AFP PHOTO / HO / IRANIAN PRESIDENCY

European Union urges Russia to continue to respect nuclear missile treaty

Jul 14, 2019 - 8:23 PM

The European Union says Russia should take 'substantial and transparent actions' to ensure compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

4TH TERM. Russia votes to hand President Vladimir Putin a historic 4th term. File photo by AFP

MISLEADING: Bataan Nuclear Power Plant 'wasted by Cory Aquino'

Jul 13, 2019 - 10:27 AM

The Cory Aquino administration decided not to open the $2.3-billion project due to safety and corruption concerns. A court ruling in 2012 also ordered the project broker to return $50 million in ill-gotten wealth.

Trump warns Iran sanctions will 'soon be increased substantially'

Jul 10, 2019 - 10:43 PM

'Remember, that deal was to expire in a short number of years. Sanctions will soon be increased, substantially!' says President Donald Trump

IRAN SANCTIONS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump holds a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 12, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

French envoy in Tehran talks for nuclear deal salvage bid

Jul 10, 2019 - 6:39 PM

Emmanuel Bonne's mission is 'to try and open the discussion space to avoid an uncontrolled escalation, or even an accident'

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. Ali Shamkhani (R), the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran meets with Emmanuel Bonne, diplomatic advisor to the French president, in the Iranian capital Tehran on July 10, 2019. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

European powers urge Iran to reverse nuclear deal breaches

Jul 09, 2019 - 10:31 PM

The European signatories to the Iran nuclear deal say a meeting of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action's overseeing joint commission should be called 'urgently'

IRAN. The flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

Iran passes uranium enrichment cap set by endangered deal

Jul 08, 2019 - 7:19 PM

(UPDATED) The European Union says it is 'extremely concerned' by the development and calls on Iran to 'reverse all activities' inconsistent with its deal commitments

IRAN. Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Behrouz Kamalvandi answers the press in the capital Tehran on July 17, 2018. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Iran set to exceed nuclear deal uranium enrichment cap

Jul 07, 2019 - 5:24 PM

(UPDATED) Iran also threatens to abandon more commitments unless a solution is found with the remaining parties to the landmark 2015 agreement after Washington unilaterally pulled out

BREACH THRESHOLD. President Hassan Rouhani's order to breach the uranium enrichment cap set by an endangered nuclear deal would be implemented 'after the last technical details were sorted,' says Iran's Atomic Energy Organization. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP