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Iran will retaliate against any country that carries out cyber attacks on its nuclear sites, the head of civilian defence said on 3 July, after a fire at its Natanz enrichment facility.

Date: Tuesday, 07 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsincident-damages-building-at-irans-natanz-enrichment-facility-8011793

The head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi, said on 8 April in a message marking National Nuclear Technology Day that Iran’s nuclear activities were continuing despite the novel coronavirus outbreak and continuing US sanctions.

Date: Wednesday, 15 April 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiran-pushes-ahead-with-nuclear-development-despite-pandemic-restrictions-7871976

Iran said yesterday it will ignore the limit on the number of uranium enrichment centrifuges agreed under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), thus withdrawing from the last operational restriction imposed by the 2015 deal. The statement, reported by the Mehr news agency, followed the US assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani last week.

Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Iran-scraps-limit-on-uranium-enrichment

Iran said yesterday it will ignore the limit on the number of uranium enrichment centrifuges agreed under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), thus withdrawing from the last operational restriction imposed by the 2015 deal. The statement, reported by the Mehr news agency, followed the US assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani last week.

Date: Tuesday, 07 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Iran-scraps-limit-on-uranium-enrichment

Climate scientist James E Hansen and others have written to the Financial Times, making the case for the inclusion of nuclear power in the EU Sustainable Finance Taxonomy. The text of the letter, published yesterday, and the list of signatories to it, follows.

Date: Wednesday, 18 December 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-EU-must-include-nuclear-power-in-its-lis

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) team on 25 October concluded an 11-day mission to review the UK’s regulatory safety framework. The team said the UK is committed to strengthening its regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety and identified areas that would benefit from further enhancement. The UK has 15 operating nuclear power reactors at seven sites, generating 21% of its electricity, and two nuclear fuel reprocessing plants.

Date: Tuesday, 05 November 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-reviews-uk-regulatory-framework-7487712

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on 17 October took delivery of a shipment of low enriched uranium (LEU) at the purpose-built LEU Bank in Kazakhstan which is intended to provide assurance to countries about the availability of nuclear fuel. “With the arrival of the first shipment, the IAEA LEU Bank is now established and operational,” IAEA Acting Director General Cornel Feruta said. “It is the first time the Agency has undertaken a project of this legal, operational and logistical complexity.”

Date: Thursday, 24 October 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-fuel-bank-begins-operation-7470035

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) team concluded an 18-day mission to France’s Civaux NPP on 17 October. The team said plant operator EDF demonstrated a commitment to safety but encouraged the plant to continue its operational safety improvement initiatives. The plant comprises two 1450MWe units with pressurised water reactors that were connected to the grid between 1997 and 1999. The 12-member team comprised experts from Argentina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Republic of Korea, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and the USA, as well as two IAEA officials.

Date: Thursday, 24 October 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-mission-notes-safety-commitment-by-frances-civaux-npp-7470046

The International Atomic Energy Agency took delivery of a shipment of low-enriched uranium (LEU) at a purpose-built facility in Kazakhstan on Thursday (17 October), officially establishing the agency’s LEU bank aimed at providing assurance to countries about the availability of nuclear fuel.

Owned by the IAEA and hosted by Kazakhstan, the bank is one of the agency’s most ambitious and challenging projects since it was founded in 1957. Plans for the facility were first passed by the IAEA board of governors in December 2010.

The bank has been fully funded by contributions from IAEA member states and other donors totalling $150m, covering estimated costs for 20 years of operation. Donors include the Nuclear Threat Initiative, the US, the European Union, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Norway and Kazakhstan.

The bank offers a supply of last resort for IAEA member states that experience a supply disruption due to exceptional circumstances and are unable to secure nuclear power fuel from the commercial market, state-to-state arrangements or by any other means. It will be a physical reserve of 90 tonnes of LEU, the basic ingredient to fabricate fuel for nuclear power plants.

Date: Saturday, 19 October 2019
Original article: nucnet.org/news/first-delivery-sees-usd150-million-kazakhstan-facility-become-operational-10-5-2019