Iran nuclear probe, Fukushima meltdown on agenda at IAEA meeting

The decade-long probe into Iran’s nuclear program and safety in the wake of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi reactor meltdowns are among the topics to be discussed at an International Atomic Energy Agency meeting this week.

The IAEA’s 35-member board of governors convenes in Vienna today for its quarterly session. The meeting comes less than a week after diplomats adjourned a two-day round of talks about Iran’s nuclear work on Feb. 27 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Inspectors from the IAEA reported Feb. 21 that while Iran rolled out new atomic technology and boosted its output of enriched uranium, the Persian Gulf country hadn’t diverted any of its stockpile to non-peaceful purposes. Iran, under dozens of international sanctions for alleged atomic-weapons work, maintains its nuclear program is solely for generating energy.

IAEA governors, who are meeting all week, will also follow up on nuclear-safety improvements prescribed after a March 11, 2011, tsunami caused the meltdown of three nuclear reactors in Fukushima, Japan. Girls exposed to radiation near Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s damaged plant have as much as a 70 percent increased risk of developing thyroid cancer in their lifetimes, the World Health Organization said last week.

By Bloomberg


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