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Dutch research reactor ends use of HEU targets

Dutch research reactor ends use of HEU targets

The Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group has ended its use of high-enriched uranium targets in the production of radioisotopes at the High Flux Reactor in Petten, the Netherlands. The reactor itself was converted from HEU fuel, which can pose a proliferation risk, to low-enriched uranium fuel in 2006.

Regulation & Safety 18 March 2021


UK urges Tehran to cease flouting nuclear deal

UK urges Tehran to cease flouting nuclear deal

While the UK remains committed to making the Iran nuclear deal a success, Tehran must stop all activity that breaches the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and come back into compliance, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during their telephone call yesterday. Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reportedly said the Biden Administration is unwilling to compromise further on efforts to encourage Tehran to hold talks with the USA.

Regulation & Safety 11 March 2021


IAEA plans technical talks with Iran in April

IAEA plans technical talks with Iran in April

Rafael Mariano Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, today announced a new agreement with Tehran for a face-to-face meeting between technical experts to take place early next month. At a press conference convened at short notice and live-streamed from the IAEA's headquarters in Vienna, Grossi said the aim of the agreement is for the agency and Iran to stop "talking past each other". 

Regulation & Safety 04 March 2021


Iran says 'time not ripe' for talks on nuclear deal

Iran says 'time not ripe' for talks on nuclear deal

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh, says "the time is not ripe" for an unofficial meeting proposed by Josep Borrell, EU foreign affairs chief and coordinator of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. His statement follows Iran's commencement last week of restrictions on some site inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Regulation & Safety 01 March 2021


IAEA secures 'temporary understanding' with Iran

IAEA secures 'temporary understanding' with Iran

Parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action now have three months within which to navigate the impasse created by a law passed by the Iranian parliament late last year. In a joint statement yesterday, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran confirmed that Iran will stop the implementation of the voluntary measures as envisaged in the JCPoA from tomorrow, thus enabling the AEOI to comply with the law - Strategic Action to Cease Actions and Protect the Interests of the Iranian Nation.

Regulation & Safety 22 February 2021


E3, USA reopen door to diplomacy with Iran

E3, USA reopen door to diplomacy with Iran

The E3 - France, Germany and the UK - has welcomed the prospect of a US and Iranian return to compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The E3 foreign ministers and the US secretary of state held a virtual meeting yesterday to discuss Iran and other pressing issues. It was the second time in this format since Secretary Antony Blinken took office.

Regulation & Safety 19 February 2021


Iran set to restrict IAEA access to nuclear sites

Iran set to restrict IAEA access to nuclear sites

Iran has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency that it will stop implementing ‘voluntary transparency measures’ under the 2015 nuclear deal. Specifically, Tehran says it will halt snap nuclear inspections outside of its declared sites as of 23 February.

Regulation & Safety 17 February 2021


Iran plans centrifuge expansion

Iran plans centrifuge expansion

The Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran has announced plans to install 1000 new IR2M centrifuge machines at the Natanz nuclear site in the next three months, AEOI spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi told reporters gathered for Parliamentary Speaker Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf’s visit to the Fordow plant yesterday. According to the Fars news agency, Kamalvandi said Iran is enriching uranium using 100% indigenous technology.

Regulation & Safety 29 January 2021


CNL completes HEU target residue material repatriation to USA

CNL completes HEU target residue material repatriation to USA

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories announced yesterday that it has completed all shipments of highly enriched uranium target residue material from Canada to the USA, bringing its TRM Repatriation Project to "a safe and successful conclusion". The culmination of nearly a decade of work and planning removes "a major nuclear liability" from the Chalk River Laboratories campus, CNL said.

Waste & Recycling 26 January 2021


E3 dispute Tehran's justification for uranium enrichment

E3 dispute Tehran's justification for uranium enrichment

Iran has no credible civilian use for uranium metal and must reverse its latest move towards increased enrichment, the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the UK - the E3 countries - said on 16 January. In response, the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran said it wanted the International Atomic Energy Agency to "avoid mentioning unnecessary details".

Regulation & Safety 19 January 2021