Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty - US

2014-07-29 09:42

In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration has accused Russia of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach "a very serious matter" and going public with allegations.

Iran warned of 'last chance' in nuclear talks

2014-07-19 21:46

Iran faces pressure to make concessions over its atomic activities after it and six world powers failed to meet a deadline for a deal to end the decade-old dispute but agreed to keep talking.

Putin signs nuclear energy deal with Argentina

2014-07-13 10:18

Putin has signed a nuclear energy cooperation deal with Argentina on Saturday on a trip to bolster trade ties and strengthen Russia's influence in Latin America.

Farmer blames Fukushima plant for wife's suicide

2014-07-10 11:14

A Japanese court is due to rule on a claim that Tokyo Electric Power is responsible for a woman's suicide, in a landmark case that could force the utility to admit culpability for deaths related to Fukushima.

North Korea continues missile tests

2014-07-09 15:59

North Korea has launched two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast, in a continuation of a recent series of missile and rocket test launches.

Nuclear group divided over bonding with India

2014-07-03 09:37

An influential global body that controls atomic exports is divided over establishing closer ties with India.

New technique calls nuclear blind-man's-bluff

2014-06-26 13:22

Scientists in the US claim to have devised a novel technique to test the viability of nuclear warheads, a tool that could be useful for disarmament inspectors.

Irate farmers display 'toxic' Fukushima cow

2014-06-20 12:35

Angry farmers from Fukushima have brought a large cow to the centre of Tokyo to demand government investigate a disease they say cattle have developed since the nuclear disaster.

Man caught over nuclear zone thefts

2014-06-13 10:38

A man has been arrested for allegedly stealing over 3 000 items from homes in evacuated areas near a stricken Japanese nuclear plant.

Japan pledges another $15bn for Fukushima

2014-06-04 13:45

In the three years since the Fukushima disaster, Japan's utilities have pledged $15bn to harden their nuclear plants against earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes and terrorist attacks.

Japan builds underground ice wall at Fukushima

2014-06-02 14:56

Japan has started work on an underground ice wall at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, freezing the soil under broken reactors to slow the build-up of radioactive water.

Japan court rules against nuclear restart

2014-05-22 14:48

A Japanese court has ruled against restarting a nuclear power plant in a victory for anti-nuclear activists after the Fukushima disaster.

Cat litter eyed as culprit in radiation leak

2014-05-14 09:50

Cat litter used to absorb liquid in radioactive debris may have triggered a chemical reaction that caused a radiation leak at a US nuclear waste storage site in New Mexico.

Iran won't accept 'nuclear apartheid'

2014-05-11 13:02

Iran will not accept "nuclear apartheid" but is willing to offer more transparency over its atomic activities, President Hassan Rouhani has said ahead of new talks with world powers.

Anonymous nuke ship to dock in SA

2014-05-05 13:51

An application has been made for an unknown ship to enter the Nelson Mandela Bay area, the ship is asking for permission to enter the bay with nuclear material that is unspecified.

Experts question ice wall at Japan nuclear plant

2014-05-02 14:43

Experts have expressed scepticism about a plan to build a costly underground frozen wall at Japan's crippled nuclear plant, a development that could delay the start of construction on the project.

Fukushima residents fearful of returning home

2014-04-29 11:56

Three years after the nuclear disaster at Fukushima the radiation in some parts has subsided but residents still fear travelling back home even though they dream of returning.

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.


Monkeys show possible 'effects of radiation'

2014-07-25 10:43

Monkeys near the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant have lower blood cell counts than cousins living further away, possibly because of radiation exposure, a study says.

Kerry keeps trying in Iran nuclear talks

2014-07-14 12:52

US Secretary of State John Kerry is due to hold a second day of talks with Iran seeking to overcome major differences blocking what would be a momentous nuclear deal.

Iran not budging in nuclear talks

2014-07-12 21:43

Iran has stuck to "inadequate and unworkable" positions in nuclear talks with six world powers despite a looming deadline for a deal to end sanctions against Tehran in exchange for curbs on its atomic programme, a US official says.

Iraq tells UN that 'terrorists' seized nuke material

2014-07-10 08:22

Insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country's north, Iraq told the UN in a letter of appeal.

Final push in 'historic' Iran nuclear talks

2014-07-03 16:31

Iran nuclear talks have entered the decisive endgame with a final round of negotiations which could go right down to a 20 July deadline for a deal.

NUM against nuclear energy

2014-07-02 14:41

The National Union of Mineworkers does not support nuclear power to alleviate the country's energy crisis, its acting president Thamsanqa Matosa says.

Nuclear plant restarts water cleansing system

2014-06-23 15:19

Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has restarted its trouble-plagued water decontamination system for the first time in three months, the utility says.

Japan satellites to monitor Fukushima, Chernobyl

2014-06-19 14:32

Two Japanese satellites will be launched from Russia to monitor environmental damage near the crippled nuclear plants in Fukushima and Chernobyl, officials say.

Japan's plan to freeze toxic water has problems

2014-06-17 13:52

The operator of Japan's destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant says the company's efforts to freeze radioactive water in the facility had hit a glitch and may take longer than expected.

German nuclear waste may be dumped at US site

2014-06-05 08:54

The US says it will study the environmental risk of importing spent nuclear fuel from Germany that contains highly enriched uranium, a move believed to be the first for the US.

Nuclear dump on Aboriginal land declared invalid

2014-06-03 12:31

The earmarking of a remote Australian outback area as a nuclear waste dump has been declared invalid because officials failed to contact all traditional Aboriginal landowners.

Republicans want Obama to confront Russia on nukes

2014-05-27 08:30

Republican representatives are pressing US president Barack Obama to confront Russia over alleged cheating on a key nuclear arms treaty.

Fukushima dumps toxic water in Pacific Ocean

2014-05-21 09:13

The operator of Japan's Fukushima has began releasing groundwater that it says is within legal radiation safety limits into the Pacific Ocean, in a bid to manage huge amounts of radioactive water.

2 Koreas in heated exchange over drones

2014-05-12 12:31

North Korea has denounced South Korea's claim that Pyongyang sent spy drones across the border as a provocative "charade" organised by its "prostitute" president, Park Geun-Hye.

Fewer nuclear plants may curb climate fight

2014-05-08 08:45

Nuclear power plants in the US increasingly risk closure amid growing competition from cheap natural gas, which experts say could hamper Obama's efforts to combat climate change.

Nuclear experts to meet on Iran

2014-05-05 09:00

Nuclear experts from Iran and six world powers are meeting in New York this week amid rising hopes that an agreement can be reached to limit Iran’s ability to produce nuclear weapons before 20 July.

Radioactivity from Fukushima found in US tuna

2014-04-30 13:27

A sample of albacore tuna caught off the shores of Oregon and Washington state have small levels of radioactivity from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, researchers said on Tuesday.

Tiny Pacific nation sues 9 nuke-armed powers

2014-04-24 13:53

The Marshall Islands is suing the world's 9 nuclear-armed powers, demanding disarmament action and accusing them of "flagrant violations" of international law.

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.

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