Iran upbeat on nuclear talks

2014-04-06 08:19

Iran says it had useful expert-level nuclear talks with world powers in Vienna, addressing all major technical issues in the way of a final settlement.

Fukushima nuke worker dies after accident

2014-03-28 12:10

A worker at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan has died in hospital after being buried in earth and rubble while digging a hole at the site, the facility's operator says.

US commanders fired in nuke missile scandal

2014-03-28 08:40

The US Air Force has taken the extraordinary step of firing nine midlevel nuclear commanders and announcing it will discipline dozens of junior officers at a nuclear missile base.

Japan's releasing of nukes praised by China

2014-03-26 10:46

China says that Japan's agreeing to turn over sensitive nuclear material of potential use in bombs to the US is a step in the right direction, but that it had other material it still needed to hand over.

35 countries pledge to boost nuclear security

2014-03-25 21:22

Thirty-five countries have pledged to turn international guidelines on nuclear security into national laws, aimed at preventing terrorists from getting nuclear material.

Fukushima halts decontamination system

2014-03-19 10:05

The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant says it has temporarily shut down a decontamination system that scrubs radiation-tainted water used to cool damaged reactors.

UN says atomic plants never '100%' safe

2014-03-17 12:50

The head of the UN nuclear watchdog says his agency would keep working to improve safety after the Fukushima crisis, but no atomic plant could be "100%" safe from natural disasters.

US ex-nuke chief: Fukushima lesson is to phase-out

2014-03-13 14:57

As radiation spewed from Japan's nuclear disaster three years ago, the US atomic energy regulator issued a 80km evacuation warning for Americans in the area, a response some found extreme.

Contaminated water still troubles Fukushima

2014-03-10 20:47

The radioactive water that has accumulated at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant remains the biggest problem hampering the cleanup process three years after the disaster.

Obama approves Vietnam nuclear deal

2014-02-25 10:01

President Barack Obama has approved a civilian nuclear pact with Vietnam which could lead to the sale of US reactors to Washington's energy-hungry former war foe.

New Mexico nuclear radiation probe

2014-02-20 21:31

The US has appointed a team to investigate a radiation event at New Mexico nuclear repository.

100-ton radioactive water leak at Fukushima

2014-02-20 07:30

A new leak of 100 tons of highly radioactive water has been discovered at Fukushima, the plant's operator says.

Fukushima heads criticised for handling radiation

2014-02-12 22:01

Japan's nuclear regulator has criticised the operator of the stricken Fukushima plant for incorrectly measuring radiation levels in contaminated groundwater at the site.

UK nuclear station reports elevated radiation VP

2014-01-31 19:10

The UK's Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant is being operated with reduced staffing after monitoring found higher-than-normal levels of radiation.

34 US missile officers in cheating scandal

2014-01-16 07:33

Thirty-four US nuclear missile launch officers have been implicated in a cheating scandal and have been stripped of their certification.

EU sanctions relief for Iran

2014-01-13 18:17

European Union governments will implement all EU sanctions relief for Iran covered by a landmark nuclear deal on 20 January.

Study cites weak link in nuke security

2014-01-08 20:50

A new US study has said that the number of countries possessing the building blocks of a nuclear bomb has dropped by almost one-quarter.

Illegal uranium trafficker granted bail

2013-12-18 22:19

A court has granted bail to one of two men arrested while trying to sell a kilogram of uranium.

IAEA will inspect Libya's yellowcake

2013-12-10 05:44

The IAEA will inspect Libya's yellowcake uranium stockpiles of which 6 400 barrels have been reported.

Mexico finds stolen radioactive material

2013-12-05 09:26

Mexican authorities have found a stolen medical device containing dangerous radioactive material outside the truck that was carrying it north of Mexico City.

US prepares ship to destroy Syrian chemical arms

2013-12-03 10:13

The US military has begun outfitting a ship with special equipment that will be used to destroy part of Syria's chemical arsenal, the Pentagon says.

IAEA: N Korea images suggest reactor testing

2013-11-28 22:41

Activities observed at North Korea's Yongbyon site have indicated testing ahead of a possible restart to a reactor that could provide it with weapons-grade plutonium.

US offers to destroy Syrian nukes at sea

2013-11-28 14:47

The Obama administration is offering to destroy some of Syria's deadliest chemical weapons in international waters aboard a US government-owned ship.

Obama, Netanyahu discuss Iran nuclear deal

2013-11-25 07:26

US President Barack Obama has called Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss a recently-signed nuclear deal with Iran, which has threatened to raise tensions between the allies.

Illegal uranium seizure prompts probe

2013-11-19 17:01

Police have launched an investigation into how two Mozambican men obtained a kilogramme of uranium which they tried to sell in Durban.


Families torn over return to Fukushima 'hot zone'

2014-04-01 15:15

People in Japan have begun their first homecomings in three years to a small area evacuated after the Fukushima disaster, but families are divided as they worry about radiation and poor jobs.

Japan nuke worker buried in mudslide

2014-03-28 10:57

A worker is unconscious after being buried in a mudslide at the Japanese nuclear plant being cleaned up after the disaster three years ago.

SA has a right to nuclear research, says minister

2014-03-27 08:27

SA was exercising its right to research, develop and use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has said.

Nuke blast a bigger concern than Russia - Obama

2014-03-26 08:44

President Barack Obama says he's more concerned about the prospect of a nuclear weapon exploding in New York City than Russia's recent actions.

Leaders gather for nuclear summit

2014-03-24 07:42

Nuclear terrorism is officially the main topic for world leaders at a two-day summit in the Netherlands starting, in practice, the Ukraine crisis will likely overshadow those talks.

France's oldest nuclear plant vulnerable

2014-03-18 19:51

Dozens of Greenpeace activists sneaked into France's oldest nuclear power plant in the latest break-in by the environmental group to highlight alleged security weaknesses.

Russia could turn US to radioactive ash - state TV

2014-03-17 07:01

An anchor on Russian television has described Russia as the only country capable of turning the US into "radioactive ash", in a comment at the height of tensions over the Crimea.

Fukushima still fragile 3yrs after accident

2014-03-11 09:10

Japan on Tuesday marks the third anniversary of the massive quake-tsunami disaster that sparked the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Radiation leak affects 13 US plant employees

2014-02-27 08:03

A total of 13 employees of a New Mexico underground nuclear waste site have been exposed to radiation, test results show.

Part of Fukushima evacuation order to be lifted

2014-02-24 08:01

Japan will lift an exclusion order on an area around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, allowing some residents to return to live for the first time since the disaster, officials say.

Post-tsunami deaths on increase in Japan area

2014-02-20 13:38

Health complications stemming from Japan's 2011 tsunami have killed more people in one Japanese region than the disaster itself, the local authority says.

US nun, 84, gets prison for nuke plant protest

2014-02-19 09:38

An 84-year-old nun has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for breaking into a US nuclear weapons complex and defacing a bunker holding bomb-grade uranium.

5.1 quake strikes Japan's Fukushima

2014-02-08 09:05

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Japan's Fukushima prefecture, the United States Geological Survey says.

83yr-old nun to be sentenced for nuke sabotage

2014-01-28 09:33

An 83-year-old Catholic nun convicted in a protest and break-in at a US storehouse for bomb-grade uranium will find out whether she spends what could be the rest of her life in prison.

Scientist: This is how to survive a nuclear blast

2014-01-15 09:32

A scientist has published a guide to help authorities limit deaths from fallout after a city is hit by a nuclear bomb.

Scientists to create controlled nuclear meltdown

2014-01-09 13:15

A team of nuclear scientists in Japan plans to create a controlled reactor meltdown in a bid to learn how to deal with future disasters like that at Fukushima.

UK to help destroy Syria's chemical weapons

2013-12-20 22:34

Britain's foreign office says it will help the international mission to destroy Syria's chemical weapons programme.

Russia: Nukes are great equalisers

2013-12-12 08:09

Russia reserves the right to use nuclear weapons in response to a conventional strike and sees them as a "great equaliser" reducing the likelihood of aggression, a Russian official says.

Biden: North Korea won't achieve prosperity

2013-12-06 13:04

Vice President Joe Biden says North Korea would never achieve prosperity as long as it continues to pursue nuclear arms, but added Washington remains open to a dialogue.

Truck carrying radioactive material stolen in Mexico

2013-12-04 15:55

Thieves have made off with a truck in Mexico carrying a dangerous radioactive material used in medical treatments.

Quake did not damage Iran nuclear plant

2013-11-29 19:00

Iran has told the International Atomic Energy Agency an earthquake near the city of Bushehr did not damage the country's sole nuclear power plant.

Typhoons spread Fukushima fallout

2013-11-28 21:11

Typhoons that hit Japan each year are helping spread radioactive material from the Fukushima nuclear disaster into the country's waterways.

North Korea slams US over nuclear talks

2013-11-27 12:34

North Korea has slammed the US for blocking de-nuclearisation talks with "absurd preconditions" that would only prompt Pyongyang to bolster its nuclear deterrent capacity.

Watchdog: Syrian nukes may end up at sea

2013-11-20 15:57

Syria's chemical weapons and precursors could be destroyed at sea if no country agrees to dispose of them on its soil, the world's chemical watchdog has said.

Durban uranium stash sparks nuclear alert

2013-11-19 09:16

A shopping bag filled with stolen uranium has been seized in a sting operation in Durban, triggering alarm among local and international nuclear watchdog agencies.

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