Saturday, December 29, 2007

IAEA’s 2007 Year in Review

Oh what a year. The IAEA recently put out an interesting “2007 Year in Review” that includes nuclear-related events and developments involving global security, environmental, and economic issues. Highlighted below are those most directly connected to nuclear weapons and nonproliferation issues.


  • Authorities in the Republic of Georgia report the seizure of illicit nuclear material during a past "sting operation" of nearly 80 grams of high-enriched uranium.
  • At the World Economic Forum, IAEA Director General ElBaradei calls for a "timeout" regarding the Iranian nuclear issue, urging all parties to emphasize negotiations.


  • IAEA Director General ElBaradei accepts an invitation from the Democratic People´s Republic of Korea (DPRK/North Korea) to visit the DPRK for talks in March.



  • At meetings of the IAEA Board of Governors, Dr. ElBaradei reports on the latest nuclear inspections in Iran.
  • An IAEA report presents a range of options for a new multilateral framework for assuring supplies of nuclear fuel while minimizing proliferation risks.
  • The IAEA and Iran jointly announce a work plan that will address all outstanding issues regarding Iran´s nuclear programme.



  • A July earthquake in Japan caused limited damage to the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power station, IAEA experts report.


  • The IAEA Illicit Trafficking Database (ITDB) reports that fourteen incidents of nuclear trafficking involving unauthorized possession and related criminal activity took place during 2006.
  • Many of the world´s top authorities look into the nuclear crystal ball at an IAEA Scientific Forum examining nuclear development over the next quarter century.
  • The International Nuclear Safety Group - top nuclear safety officials from 14 countries and organizations - meets to review top issues involving nuclear plants and other facilities.


  • No country should have to rely on nuclear weapons for security under a global framework envisaged by IAEA Director General.



  • A new US intelligence estimate on Iran´s nuclear programme is received with "great interest" by Dr. ElBaradei.
  • Under tight security and IAEA safeguards, a night-time operation in Prague sends high-enriched uranium back to Russia, which supplied the fuel decades ago.

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