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The Iranian foreign ministry’s spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on 22 November that a statement by France, Germany, and the UK (the E3) was “irresponsible”. He called on the E3 to fulfil their commitments under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran the P5+1 group of countries (the USA, UK, France, Russia, and China plus Germany) under which Iran had agreed to limit its nuclear development programme in return for the lifting of sanctions.

Date: Wednesday, 25 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiran-rejects-criticism-of-its-nuclear-activities-following-iaea-report-8376346

Iran has begun a new stage of uranium enrichment activities, the country’s permanent representative to international organisations in Vienna said in an interview with IRNA on 22 November. Kazem Gharibabadi said that, during the discussion of Iran at the recent meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Board of Directors, France, Germany and the UK - the E3 countries - "had expressed regret" over the USA's withdrawal in May 2018 from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) and the reimposition of economic sanctions against Iran.

Date: Wednesday, 25 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Iran-enters-new-phase-of-uranium-enrichment-ambass

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has verified that Iran is feeding uranium hexafluoride (UF6) into a recently installed cascade of 174 IR-2M centrifuges at the Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP) in Natanz. France, Germany and the UK - the E3 - warned yesterday that Iran's further violations of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) were "hollowing out" core non-proliferation benefits of the 2015 nuclear deal.

Date: Friday, 20 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/E3-responds-to-latest-IAEA-Iran-verification

The European Union has expressed its "resolute commitment to and continued support for" the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) in a statement to the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Board of Governors. It expressed concern about Iran's continued accumulation of low enriched uranium in excess of JCPoA thresholds.

Date: Thursday, 19 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/EU-reiterates-support-for-JCPoA,-expresses-concern

Cross-section of a Triso nuclear fuel pellet. Courtesy Idaho National Laboratory. BWX Technologies announced that its BWXT Nuclear Operations Group subsidiary has completed its Triso nuclear fuel line restart project and is now producing fuel at its Lynchburg facility in the state of Virginia.

The restart of the Triso line means BWXT as the only company in the US that is executing production contracts for Triso fuel.

BWXT is the only US company to manufacture irradiation-tested uranium oxycarbide TRISO fuel using production-scale equipment.

In June 2020, BWXT announced a contract with the US Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory to expand BWXT’s Triso manufacturing capacity and produce a demonstration quantity of the fuel.

Date: Tuesday, 17 November 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/bwxt-announces-start-of-production-at-virginia-facility-11-1-2020

The US is one step closer to funding and implementing a uranium reserve after the Senate committee on appropriations this week released drafts of 2021 funding measures and subcommittee allocations that include $150m for the project.

If passed into law, it would provide full funding for the Department of Energy to begin the funding required to stimulate growth in the domestic uranium mining industry.

The US has the world's largest reactor fleet of 94 commercial nuclear reactors producing about 20% of its electricity, yet its uranium mining industry is struggling. Production has been on a steady decline since the early 1980s as nuclear power plant operators replaced domestic uranium production with less expensive imports.

Under the uranium reserve programme, the DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy would buy uranium directly from domestic mines and contract for uranium conversion services. The DOE has said that the new stockpile is expected to support the operation of at least two US uranium mines, reestablish active conversion capabilities, and ensure a backup supply of uranium for nuclear power operators in the event of a market disruption.

Date: Saturday, 14 November 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/senate-committee-announces-planned-usd150m-for-uranium-reserve-11-5-2020

The high flux research reactor at Petten in the Netherlands. Courtesy NRG. US-based Terrestrial Energy and the Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group (NRG) have started a graphite irradiation testing programme for the Integral Molten Salt Reactor power plant at NRG’s high flux research reactor (HFR) at Petten in the Netherlands.

The work is part of broader programme of testing of components and systems for the IMSR plant, which uses Generation IV reactor technology for electric power generation and heat for industrial heat applications.

The testing programme at the HFR, one of the most powerful multi-purpose research and test reactors in the world, is designed to confirm the predicted performance of selected graphite grades throughout the seven-year cycle of the IMSR core-unit.

The testing will simulate IMSR core conditions, encompassing the full range of IMSR operating temperatures and of the neutron flux. NRG said the HFR has reached full power indicating the successful start of the test programme.

Date: Saturday, 14 November 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/terrestrial-energy-and-nrg-begin-graphite-irradiation-testing-at-petten-11-5-2020

Terrestrial Energy and Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group (NRG) have started a graphite irradiation testing programme at the High Flux Reactor (HFR) in the Netherlands. This work is part of broader programme underway for confirmatory testing of components and systems in the Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR).

Date: Saturday, 14 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Irradiation-testing-of-IMSR-moderator-graphite-beg

Terrestrial Energy USA and US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) have begun detailed testing of the Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR®) Generation IV advanced nuclear power plant fuel salt.

Date: Friday, 13 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfuel-testing-begins-for-terrestrial-energys-molten-salt-reactor-8358784

US-based BWX Technologies (BWXT) announced that its BWXT Nuclear Operations Group subsidiary has completed its TRIstructural-ISOtropic (TRISO) nuclear fuel line restart project and is producing fuel at its Lynchburg facility in Virginia.

Date: Friday, 13 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbwxt-restarts-triso-fuel-line-8359001