The conflict between Iran and the West just keeps heating up, with the Iranians announcing over the weekend that they have begun to enrich uranium at a second major facility, a well-defended site outside the city of Qom.
United Nations nuclear inspectors, negotiating today in Tehran over wider access to suspected atomic sites, risk undermining their work by focusing too narrowly on winning access to an Iranian military base, according to analysts including a former monitor.
Robert Kelley, a U.S. atomic engineer based in Vienna, says simple measures including staying indoors, taking iodide tablets and wearing long-sleeved clothes and hats will protect people in Japan if there is a major radiation leak from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant.
All cooling water is gone from the spent-fuel pool at one of the crippled nuclear reactors in Japan, causing the release of high levels of radiation, Gregory Jaczko , chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, told members of Congress.
Iran and world powers failed to reach a deal limiting the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, creating an opening for Israel, Saudi Arabia and other opponents to lobby against the first-step plan before negotiations resume in 10 days.