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South Korea to push ahead with nuclear power plants

Oct 20, 2017 - 2:11 PM

A state commission, based on a survey of 471 jurors selected across the country, recommends finishing construction of the Shin Kori-5 and Shin Kori-6 reactors near the southeastern city of Ulsan

NUCLEAR POWER. This photo taken on February 5, 2013 shows South Korea's nuclear power reactor under construction in Gori near the southern port of Busan. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/File

Fukushima reactor 'ice wall' nearly finished

Aug 22, 2017 - 4:08 PM

Fukushima s operator starts freezing the last section of a 320 million ice wall designed to combat widespread water contamination at the site of the worst nuclear accident in a generation

FINAL STAGE. This handout from Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) taken and released on August 22, 2017 shows workers pouring coolant to freeze the underground ice wall around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture on August 22, 2017. TEPCO/AFP

Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactor

Jul 23, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Large amounts of the solidified lumps and deposit were spotted for the first time by the robot on the floor of the primary containment vessel underneath the core of Fukushima s No 3 reactor

Storage tanks for contaminated water are seen through a window of a building at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima, Japan, on February 23, 2017. Tomohiro Ohsumi/Pool/AFP

Ex-bosses to go on trial over Fukushima disaster

Jun 28, 2017 - 11:35 AM

The indictments are the first – and only – criminal charges stemming from the tsunami sparked reactor meltdowns at the plant that set off the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986

STILL CONTAMINATED. Storage tanks for contaminated water are seen through a window of a building at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima, Japan, on February 23, 2017. Tomohiro Ohsumi/Pool/AFP

South Korea to scrap all plans to build new nuclear reactors

Jun 19, 2017 - 12:05 PM

President Moon Jae In campaigned on promises to phase out atomic energy and embrace what he says are safer and more environmentally friendly power sources including solar and wind power

NUCLEAR POWER. This photo taken on February 5, 2013 shows South Korea's nuclear power reactor under construction in Gori near the southern port of Busan. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/File

China 'may build nuclear plants' in South China Sea

Jul 15, 2016 - 1:45 PM

Marine nuclear power platform construction will be used to support China s effective control in the South China Sea state run Global Times cites the China National Nuclear Corporation as saying

MISCHIEF REEF. An aerial photo taken though a glass window inside a military plane of the alleged on-going reclamation by China into Mischief reef in the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, May 11, 2015. File Photo by Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

Ukraine to mark 30 years since Chernobyl shook the world

Apr 20, 2016 - 10:22 AM

30 years later the number of people who died in those chilling days and subsequent years from radiation poisoning remains a matter of intense dispute

DANGER ZONE. A general view shows the old protective shelter (R), which was mounted in 1986 over the remains of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, and the new one (L) in Chernobyl, Ukraine, April 11, 2016. Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Japan's only working nuclear reactors can stay online

Apr 06, 2016 - 6:45 PM

A court rules that the No 1 and No 2 reactors at the Sendai power plant should be allowed to stay online

epa04412863 Protesters take part in an anti-nuclear power demonstration in Tokyo, Japan, 23 September 2014. Two reactors at the Sendai power plant, operated by Kyushu Electric, in Japan, passed new safety standards on 10 September, for the first time since the nuclear disaster at Fukushima three and a half years ago. The move brings Japan closer to restarting domestic nuclear power generation after the government shut down all of its nuclear plants in the wake of the reactor meltdown at Fukushima, which followed an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. EPA/KIYOSHI OTA

Japan, US, France to team up on Fukushima cleanup – official

Mar 14, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Experts from the 3 countries will work to develop technologies for the major cleanup which could take up to 4 decades

epa05152387 Members of the media, wearing protective suits and masks, walk after they receive briefing from Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) employees (in blue) in front of storage tanks for radioactive water at TEPCO's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, 10 February 2016. A group of foreign media visited to the plant, just a month before the fifth anniversary of the nuclear accident. The 9.0-magnitude earthquake that struck 11 March 2011 and triggered a tsunami claimed the lives of an estimated 15,000 people, and led to a nuclear accident on a level that had not been seen since Chernobyl in 1986. EPA/TORU HANAI / POOL

Fukushima mistakes linger as Japan marks 5th anniversary

Mar 10, 2016 - 10:26 AM

As officials vow to prevent a repeat some critics say Tokyo s push to restart switched off nuclear reactors is proof that the lessons of the tragedy have not been learned

GROUND ZERO. An aerial photo taken by a small unmanned drone of the damaged units of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan, 20 March 2011. EPA/Air Photo Service / Handout / File

Japan court orders two nuclear reactors to shut down over safety fears

Mar 09, 2016 - 3:59 PM

The order would bring the number of operating reactors in Japan down to two

ORDERED SHUT. This file photo taken on February 26, 2016 shows Kansai Electric Power's number 3 (L) and number 4 (R) reactors at the Takahama nuclear plant in western Japan's Fukui prefecture. Jiji Press/AFP

Iran nuclear deal goes into force, sanctions lifted

Jan 17, 2016 - 8:35 AM

Implementation Day for the accord comes after the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA says its inspectors on the ground verified that Iran has carried out all measures agreed under the deal

NEW DAY. Iranian women walk in a street of the capital of Tehran, Iran, January 16, 2016. Abedin Takehenareh/EPA

North Korea nuclear reactor not fully operational – US think tank

Jan 14, 2016 - 9:52 AM

A Washington based institute concludes the Yongbyon reactor has been operating intermittently or at low power throughout the period

Why revive the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant?

Jan 10, 2016 - 10:57 AM

Pro nuclear energy advocates say reviving the mothballed plant is a cheaper alternative

The facade of the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant in Morong. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Japan to send plutonium cache to US under nuclear deal – report

Jan 05, 2016 - 3:35 PM

It will be one of Japan s most significant overseas movements of plutonium since it transported one tonne from France in 1993 to be used in nuclear reactor experiments

China, Britain strike 'historic' nuclear deal

Oct 22, 2015 - 8:46 AM

The announcement comes on the second day of Chinese President Xi Jinping s business themed state visit to Britain

MUTUAL APPRECIATION. British Prime Minister David Cameron (R) applauds next to Chinese President Xi Jinping during a commercial contract exchange at the UK-China Business Summit in Mansion House, central London, on October 21, 2015. Leon Neal/AFP

First Fukushima worker diagnosed with radiation-linked cancer – Japan official

Oct 20, 2015 - 3:10 PM

2nd UPDATE An official with the health ministry says the ex employee who is in his thirties developed leukemia after working at the plant following the 2011 crisis

GROUND ZERO. An aerial photo taken by a small unmanned drone of the damaged units of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan, 20 March 2011. EPA/Air Photo Service / Handout / File

West prepares to end sanctions as Iran deal adopted

Oct 19, 2015 - 9:49 AM

The next stage in the process – implementation day – will only come when UN nuclear watchdog the IAEA confirms Iran has dramatically scaled back its nuclear program

A file photograph showing an general view of the nuclear power plant in Bushehr, Iran, on August 20, 2010. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Fukuoka: Showcasing Japan's shift to alternative energy

Sep 27, 2015 - 10:38 AM

The city on Kyushu Island boasts of having the first hydrogen town where all households are powered by hydrogen fuel cells

White House clinches support for Iran nuclear deal

Sep 02, 2015 - 11:11 PM

UPDATED Many Republicans warn that Iran will seek to cheat its way to an atomic bomb

File photo by Saul Loeb/Pool/AFP

Renewable energy, sustainability keys for future

Aug 29, 2015 - 6:00 PM

Biomass nuclear and solar energy can match the power of non renewables but self sufficiency should also be a priority

Japan ends nuclear shutdown 4 years after Fukushima

Aug 11, 2015 - 10:30 AM

The restart comes more than 4 years after a quake generated tsunami triggered meltdowns at the Fukushima plant

RESTARTED. An undated picture provided by Kyushu Electric Power Company on August 10, 2015 shows the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, south-western Japan. Kyushu Electric Power Company/Handout/EPA

Obama warns rejecting Iran deal would spell war

Aug 06, 2015 - 7:57 AM

Casting it as the most consequential foreign policy debate since the Iraq War Obama says Congress must not waver under pressure from critics whom history had already proven wrong

WARNING. US President Barack Obama delivers a speech on the nuclear deal with Iran, at American University's School of International Service, in Washington DC, USA, August 5, 2015. Pete Marovich/Pool/EPA

Obama hails Iran deal in speech to US veterans

Jul 22, 2015 - 9:34 AM

US President Barack Obama says hardheaded diplomacy with Iran could avoid the kind of unnecessary wars for which they paid the price

DEFENDING THE DEAL. US President Barack Obama speaks at the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention (VFW) at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, July 21, 2015. Justin Berl/EPA

UN endorses Iran deal, paves way to lift sanctions

Jul 21, 2015 - 9:30 AM

It marks formal UN approval for the hard won groundbreaking agreement reached between Tehran and the 5 permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany

APPROVED. The Security Council unanimously adopts resolution 2231 (2015), following the historic agreement in Vienna last week on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding Iran’s nuclear program, at the United Nations, July 20, 2015. UN Photo

Iran leader tells Rouhani 'some' world powers untrustworthy

Jul 16, 2015 - 3:29 PM

Bringing the talks to a close was a milestone Khamenei says but the agreement requires careful scrutiny before it is approved

In this file photo, next to a portrait of Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R), Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference in Tehran, Iran, June 13, 2015. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

PH hails Iran nuclear deal: Keep the momentum

Jul 15, 2015 - 3:37 PM

Iranian envoy says the effects of the deal will be felt even in the Philippines – by people drivers of cars of jeepneys

JUBILANT IRAN. Iranians celebrate on the streets of Tehran, Iran, on July 14, 2015, after nuclear talks between Iran and world powers ended in Vienna, Austria. Photo by Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Iranians celebrate nuclear deal, hail Zarif as hero

Jul 15, 2015 - 9:26 AM

We are so happy The diplomacy worked

IT'S A DEAL! Iranians hold posters of Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as they celebrate in the street of Tehran, Iran, July 14, 2015, after nuclear talks between Iran and World powers ended in Vienna, Austria. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Netanyahu says Israel not bound by Iran deal, will defend itself

Jul 14, 2015 - 11:31 PM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is not bound by it and signaled he remained ready to order military action after world powers reached a historic nuclear deal with Iran

‘TRAGEDY.’ A staff member removes the Iranian flag from the stage after a group picture with foreign ministers and representatives of Unites States, Iran, China, Russia, Britain, Germany, France and the European Union during the Iran nuclear talks at Austria International Centre in Vienna, Austria on July 14, 2015. Photo by Carlos Barria / Pool / AFP

Rough ride ahead for Iran nuclear deal

Jul 14, 2015 - 10:18 PM

Getting the Iran nuclear deal unveiled was hard enough Now it must be approved implemented and then stuck to for years Get set for a bumpy ride experts warn

‘BUMPY RIDE.’ US Secretary of State John Kerry leaves the stage after a group picture with foreign ministers and representatives from China, Iran, Britain, Germany, France, and the European Union at the Vienna International Center in Vienna, Austria July 14, 2015. Photo by Carlos Barria / Pool / AFP

Iran, major powers strike historic nuclear deal

Jul 14, 2015 - 2:34 PM

3rd UPDATE Major powers and Iran strike a historic deal aimed at ensuring Tehran does not acquire a nuclear bomb in return for relief from crippling sanctions

AT THE TABLE. US Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, German Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi, EU Deputy Secretary General for the External Action Service Helga Schmid, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Iran's ambassador to IAEA Ali Akbar Salehi during talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, UK, China, Russia, US) and Iran on its nuclear program, in Vienna, Austria, July 7, 2015. Georg Hochmuth/EPA

Signs grow Iran nuclear deal in view at last

Jul 14, 2015 - 10:24 AM

The talks have stumbled on the exact timing and pace of sanctions relief and Iran s desire to have a UN conventional arms embargo lifte

ALL-NIGHTER. An exterior view of the Palais Coburg where talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, UK, China, Russia, US) and Iran continue, in Vienna, Austria, 14 July 2015. Herber Neubauer/EPA

Iran nuclear talks 'near the summit'

Jul 13, 2015 - 9:41 AM

Despite optimism early Sunday that a deal would be clinched during the day the talks looked set to run into Monday July 13 the latest in a string of deadlines in 16 days of talks in the Austrian capital

STAKEOUT. Journalists, television crews and photographers wait outside of the Palais Coburg Hotel, where the Iran nuclear talks meetings are being held in Vienna on July 12, 2015. Joe Klamar/AFP

Major powers turn the screws for Iran nuclear deal

Jul 09, 2015 - 3:17 PM

Despite pressure and almost two weeks of talks in the Austrian capital it is unclear whether an accord aimed at ending a 13 year standoff can be sewn up at all let alone in time

STORM CLOUDS AHEAD? An exterior view of the Palais Coburg where talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, UK, China, Russia, US) and Iran continue, Vienna, Austria, July 8, 2015. Georg Hochmuth/EPA

'Very, very, very tough' Iran talks extended

Jul 08, 2015 - 9:02 AM

Iran and the P5 1 group effectively give themselves until Friday July 10 to agree a deal by extending the terms of a 2013 interim accord under which Iran has been curtailing its nuclear program in return for sanctions relief

AT THE TABLE. US Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, German Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi, EU Deputy Secretary General for the External Action Service Helga Schmid, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Iran's ambassador to IAEA Ali Akbar Salehi during talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, UK, China, Russia, US) and Iran on its nuclear program, in Vienna, Austria, July 7, 2015. Georg Hochmuth/EPA

Deadline in doubt in Iran talks final act

Jul 07, 2015 - 8:51 AM

Both sides say on the eve of a deadline that yet more time might be needed to strike a deal

NEGOTIATING TABLE. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (2-L), French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (4-L), Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (6-L), European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini (C), US Secretary of State John Kerry (5-R), British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (4-R) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (2-R) during a photo opportunity at the Palais Coburg where talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, UK, China, Russia, US) and Iran on its nuclear program continue, in Vienna, Austria, 06 July 2015. Georg Hochmuth/EPA

Ateneo student makes it to World Nuclear University Olympiad

Jul 02, 2015 - 11:51 PM

Nuclear technology can be very safely managed and used for peaceful purposes

IN HIS ELEMENT. Anton Tanquintic performs an experiment inside one of the laboratories of Ateneo de Manila University. Photo from Anton Tanquintic

Iran nuclear talks enter 'critical phase'

Jun 28, 2015 - 10:09 AM

Iran s deputy negotiator Abbas Araghchi suggested parts of a framework deal reached in April in Lausanne could no longer be applied because other countries had changed their positions

NEGOTIATING TABLE. US Secretary of State John Kerry (L), and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) during talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, UK, China, Russia, US) and Iran, in Vienna, Austria, June 27, 2015. Georg Hochmuth/EPA

Iran leader restates red lines on nuclear deal

Jun 24, 2015 - 9:13 AM

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who will have the last word for Iran in its talks with the West steps in hours after Iran s parliament passes a bill on the country s nuclear program

LOOMING LARGE. In front of the huge poster of the Iranian supreme leader Ayatolah Ali Khamenei, Iran's president Hassan Rowhani delivers his speech on the occasion of the 26th death anniversary of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, at the shrine for Khomeini in southern Tehran, Iran, June 3, 2015. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Iran nuclear talks resume in Vienna

Jun 04, 2015 - 7:57 AM

The Austrian capital hunkers down to host the negotiations ahead of a June 30 deadline

A file picture dated 21 August 2010 shows a general view of the Iranian nuclear power plant in Bushehr, southern Iran. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Japan nuclear watchdog OKs one more reactor

May 20, 2015 - 4:31 PM

The decision by the Nuclear Regulation Authority NRA that reactor No 3 at Ikata nuclear power plant in western Japan meets safety guidelines comes after similar decisions on four other reactors at two different plants

Tricky drafting of Iran nuclear deal to begin

Apr 22, 2015 - 7:29 PM

The accord if completed and implemented would draw to a close a crisis that has been steadily and dangerously escalating since Iran s nuclear program was first revealed some 12 years ago

A file photograph showing an general view of the nuclear power plant in Bushehr, Iran, on 20 August 2010. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Japan court rejects bid to block restart of two nuclear reactors

Apr 22, 2015 - 1:43 PM

The district court in southern Kagoshima prefecture turns down the challenge by local residents who wanted to halt the refiring of the No 1 and No 2 reactors at the Sendai nuclear plant

In this file photo, an anti-nuclear power plant demonstrator holds a sign reading 'Opposed to restarting Sendai Nuclear Plant' during a protest against the restarting of the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant of Kyushu Electric Power Co. outside the Prime Minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, November 7, 2014. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Tehran talks fail to resolve UN nuclear watchdog questions

Apr 16, 2015 - 8:27 AM

Iranian diplomat: We discussed certain solutions to resolve the two outstanding questions and it was decided to wind up the discussions at the next meeting

A file picture dated 21 August 2010 shows a general view of the Iranian nuclear power plant in Bushehr, southern Iran. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Japan court blocks restarting of two nuclear reactors

Apr 14, 2015 - 2:43 PM

The verdict comes months after the country s nuclear watchdog had given the green light to switch them back on

Iran's Khamenei says no guarantee of final nuclear deal

Apr 09, 2015 - 11:19 PM

UPDATED And President Hassan Rouhani adds that Iran will not sign any final agreement unless all economic sanctions are totally lifted on the same day

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei greeting Iranian army air force officers during a ceremony in Tehran, Iran, 08 February 2015. Handout/Iranian Supreme Leader's website/EPA

US says recognition of Israel not part of Iran nuke deal

Apr 07, 2015 - 12:31 PM

Obama: The notion that we would condition Iran not getting nuclear weapons in a verifiable deal on Iran recognizing Israel is really akin to saying that we won t sign a deal unless the nature of the Iranian regime completely transforms

In this file photo, US President Barack Obama delivers remarks on solar power and alternative energy, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, USA, 03 April 2015. George Frey/EPA

Netanyahu blasts Iran nuclear deal

Apr 06, 2015 - 10:32 AM

California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein says Netanyahu s comments could backfire on him

MEDIA BLITZ. A photograph handed out by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO) on 05 April 2015 shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he speaks into a television camera (R) in his Jerusalem offices giving interviews to several television networks. Haim Zack/GPO Handout/EPA

Diplomacy is the best course with Iran – Obama

Apr 04, 2015 - 7:06 PM

As the US president gears up to sell skeptics on the deal he says he is convinced talks are the best way forward

Iran says nuclear deal will open 'new page' with world

Apr 04, 2015 - 2:23 AM

Iranian President Rouhani If the other side honors its promises we will honour our promises