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# Nuclear

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Fukushima prepares to remove ultra-dangerous fuel rods
Nuclear engineers will remove the uranium and plutonium fuel rods as part of the decades-long decommissioning of the plant after the worst atomic accident in a generation.
Sellafield facilities "do not meet modern standards" - UK nuclear watchdog
The Irish government welcomed the report and says it will work with the UK on the decommissioning of the site.
Met Eireann to help in emergencies where hazardous material is put into the atmosphere
The service will aid agencies forecast the spread of radiation and other hazardous materials.
Poll: Should Ireland consider nuclear power?
Britain is building a new nuclear reactor to provide electricity for homes – but should Ireland follow suit?
British nuclear plant deal to be challenged in court by An Taisce
EDF, the French energy giant, has agreed a deal to build two reactors at Hinkley Point, in Somerset.
Fukushima leak upgraded to a "serious incident"
The nuclear regulator in Japan had originally given it a rating of Level 1, an ‘anomaly’.
Japan upgrades Fukushima leak to highest level in two years
Japan is worried about its international reputation following the leak.
Jordan to build its first nuclear research reactor
The desert kingdom which doesn’t have any oil is looking at ways to meet its energy needs.
New Iran PM wants "serious" nuclear talks
Iranian President Hassan Rowhani said he would not surrender Iran’s rights but wanted to allay Western concerns.
Column: Is it time for the US to abandon the pipe dream of missile defence?
While protect itself with the threat of using nuclear weapons is far from ideal, it is infinitely preferable to the situation in which the US has now found itself: chasing its tail over costly and ineffective missile technology, writes Jason Douglas.
Fukushima 'probably leaking contaminated water into ocean'
The leak was long suspected by experts, but denied by the plant’s operator.
North and South Korea hold rare talks after months of increasing tensions
The talks follow months of friction and threats of war by Pyongyang after its February nuclear test attracted tougher UN sanctions, further squeezing its struggling economy.
New radioactive water leak at Fukushima
More than 18,000 people died when the towering tsunami smashed into Japan’s northeast in March 2011 setting off the crisis at Fukushima.
Obama to call for nuclear cuts in Berlin speech
The US President will use an open-air speech to propose a reduction in American and Russian warheads.
Rival Koreas hold first talks in two years
The talks were to set up a high-level meeting in Seoul after months of tensions.
Irish legal challenge against UK nuclear power plant
An Taisce argues that the decision to build the nuclear power station was made without consultation with the Irish people.
Column: Will a policy of deterrence quell tensions on the Korean peninsula?
The problem with deterrence theory is that, at its root, it is based on threats which can lead states to the brink of war. North Korea’s behaviour should instead be viewed as an opportunity for engagement, writes Jason Douglas.
Poll: Are you worried about a possible nuclear war in Korea?
North Korea is restarting a nuclear reactor, while saying it now considers itself in a ‘state of war’. How do you feel?
North Korea says it will restart nuclear reactor
North Korea shut down the reactor in July 2007 until an aid-for-disarmament deal – but now there are concerns that it will be used to produce weapons-grade uranium.
North Korea declares 'state of war' with South
North Korea has issued a warning to Seoul and Washington, saying that “any provocation” could swiftly escalate into an all-out nuclear conflict.
Column: North Korea’s pursuit of the bomb should not be ignored
While a functioning nuclear weapon remains years away for North Korea, recent activities and statements will nevertheless have a worrying effect in Seoul, Washington and the wider world, writes Jason Douglas.
Column: North Korea has gone nuclear – but that’s not the real threat
North Korea will never be included in international non-proliferation efforts if it is eternally treated as a pariah, writes Eoghan Murphy.
UN Security Council vows action after North Korea nuclear test
Even North Korea’s sole international ally, China, was stern in its condemnation of the nuclear test and threats to the United States.
Fukushima survivors to sue Japanese government
People whose homes or farms were affected by radiation from the Fukushima plant will file class-action lawsuits next month for damages.
Powerful 6.9 earthquake shakes northern Japan
Strong tremors have been confirmed across Hokkaido island but no damage has been reported at the several nuclear facilities in the region.
World's biggest nuke plant may shut: Japan report
Proposals by Japan’s new nuclear watchdog may see a massive plant in centre of the country shut down over safety fears.
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Fears for Pakistan's future as blasts kill 115
An Sunni extremist group has claimed responsibility for the attack – one of the most deadly in Pakistan’s history and the worst single attack ever against Shiites in the country.
Japan may scrap nuclear plant over seismic fault
Geologists say an existing Japanese nuclear plant may be sited over an active seismic fault – indicating that it will probably have to be scrapped.
Iran: Uranium enrichment to be speeded up
Iran is to step up its uranium enrichment programme by sharply increasing the number of centrifuges used to make nuclear fuel.
Accident at Sellafield would have "no health effects in Ireland"
Department of the Environment releases report from independent experts on risk to Ireland of a radioactive leak at the Cumbrian nuclear site as it is being decommissioned.
Musharraf calls for India, Pakistan to 'bury the hatchet'
The former Pakistan president said the two nuclear-armed countries need to settle their differences in order to ease tensions in the region.
Sellafield nuclear waste warning
Operators failed to dispose of radioactive waste properly, as cost of decommissioning site rises, says watchdog.
Slovenia shuts nuclear plant after Sava river swells
The nuclear power plant in Solvenia has been “preventively” shut down due to heavy rains.
Fukushima fish radiation may indicate leak: study
Higher-than-normal radiation levels have been found in fish caught off Japan’s east coast, which could indicate the plant is still leaking.
Poll: Germans support abandoning nuclear power, despite extra cost
The government is increasing a surcharge on electricity bills to fund the development of alternative energy.
US denies agreement to meet Iran, but says it is prepared to do so
The New York Times reported that the US had agreed one-on-one talks with Iran after the November presidential election but the White House has denied this.
Japan's TEPCO admits downplaying tsunami risk
It said it had played down the risks to the facility of a tsunami for fear of the political, financial and cost to reputation.
Draft EU nuclear report shows failure to implement safety measures agreed decades ago
A leaked European Commission report shows nuclear safety within the EU needs investment of between €10 billion and €25 billion.
US says has 'eyes' inside Iran nuclear programme
Israel has insisted the threat of Iran developing a viable nuclear weapon was becoming more “urgent” – but Washington has indicated diplomacy remains the best option.