Saudis are being trained in Argentina to apply a new agreement regarding nuclear cooperation between Saudi Kingdom and Argentina. Agreement’s purpose is to develop usage of nuclear power to produce electricity and for this, they are going to exchange expertise in this matter in Buenos Aires. Saudi Kingdom is going to be ready for when it sets up its own nuclear power. By know, Argentina has been exporting some products such as frozen chicken, fruit, vegetables and corns, conversely Kingdom exports petrochemical products. Both of Saudi and Argentinian government decided to expand their economical relations in compliance with goals of Vision 2030.
Iran’s central city of Isfahan is hosting the 24th annual meeting of the Forum of the State Nuclear Safety Authorities of the Countries Operating WWER Type Reactors, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) reported. The meeting, which was launched on Tuesday, will continue until Wednesday afternoon with the participation of all member states, namely Iran, Armenia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, China, Finland, Hungary, India, Russia, Slovakia, and Ukraine. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Germany’s GRS are also present in the two-day event. Following the 1979 Islamic Revolution, most of the international nuclear cooperation with Iran was cut off. However, after a nuclear agreement was reached between Iran and six world powers in 2015, Tehran has been able to enhance nuclear cooperation with other countries. This is the first time that Iran’s nuclear safety center is hosting the annual meeting. The forum was established in 1993 in a bid to foster the enhancement of nuclear safety and radiation protection through the utilization of the collective experience, information exchange, and consolidation of efforts of the national nuclear safety authorities. It holds annual meetings hosted by its member states.
Visiting U.S. Vice President Mike Pence reiterated the United States’ intentions to not rule out military measures against North Korea, which is pushing ahead with its nuclear and missile development, in his speech in Yokosuka on Wednesday morning. Pence made the speech aboard the U.S. Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, which is stationed at the navy’s Yokosuka base in the city. Speaking to about 2,600 U.S. service members and Self-Defense Forces personnel, Pence called North Korea “the most urgent and dangerous threat to the peace and security of the Asia-Pacific region” and added that all options are on the table in dealing with Pyongyang, indicating the United States will not exclude military action against North Korea.
Russia and Egypt are confirming their good relationship. Indeed, during last few weeks, a Russian delegation was in Egypt to talk about cooperation on nuclear program. The dialogue had been fructify; because the terms of signing the Russian-Egyptian comprehensive contract for the construction of Egypt’s first Dabaa nuclear power plant depend on Cairo, Moscow is ready for signing now, the general director of the Rosatom state corporation, Alexey Likhachev, told on Wednesday. Likhachev is waiting Egyptian agreement to launch the program.
As North Korea gears up to celebrate its biggest national day so far, the ‘Day of the Sun’ when it will mark the 105th anniversary of the birth of its founding president, Kim Il Sung on Saturday – tensions in the region are at an all-time high. On April 25, it will also mark the 85th anniversary of the creation of the Korean People’s Army. In 2012, North Korea had tried to launch a long-range rocket carrying a satellite to mark the date, but failed. Then, last year, Pyongyang tested a newly developed intermediate-range missile. Since the start of 2016, the reclusive nation has been intensifying its nuclear capabilities and has tested several ballistic missiles.
North Korean state media warned on Tuesday of a nuclear attack on the United States at any sign of American aggression as a U.S. Navy strike group steamed toward the western Pacific. U.S. President Donald Trump, who has urged China to do more to rein in its impoverished ally and neighbor, said in a Tweet that North Korea was “looking for trouble” and the United States would “solve the problem” with or without Beijing’s help. Tension has escalated sharply on the Korean peninsula amid concerns that reclusive North Korea may soon conduct a sixth nuclear test and after Washington said at the weekend it was diverting the aircraft carrier strike group Carl Vinson toward the Korean peninsula in a show of force.
Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker will present a report to Al-Sisi regarding the outcomes of the meeting with the Russian company Rosatom to sign the Dabaa nuclear power plant contracts. Government sources said that the negotiations with Russia are about to be completed within weeks, especially since a governmental committee held intensive discussions and meetings with Russian officials during the past two weeks and agreed upon the final form to complete the contract. The sources indicated that the ongoing discussions include the supply of nuclear fuel to nuclear power generation units, obligations of each party during operations, maintenance and units repair, reprocessing method of the wasted/consumed nuclear fuel and how to deal with it, provision of expertise and technical support during the operation, and helping Egypt in improving standards and legislation of the nuclear energy and infrastructure sector. The sources said that Shaker will present the report to Al-Sisi before the societal dialogue, planned to be held in the city of Dabaa on 25 February. The government agreed with the Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation on the establishment of a nuclear power plant with a capacity of 4,800MW. The agreement included the signing of four contracts for the engineering, supply, operation, and maintenance of the power plant for a period of 10 years. It also includes the supply of fuel for 60 years.
Bahram Qassemi said on Thursday that the recent anti-Iran remarks by US President Donald Trump and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu contain nothing except a repetition of bogus and unworthy allegations against Iran’s peaceful nuclear program. The accusations against Iran are in contradiction to multiple reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) which have confirmed the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear activities. His comments came after Trump and Netanyahu at a joint press conference in Washington, DC, on Wednesday hammered Iran for its nuclear program.
Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Thursday called on Israel to “dismantle the Dimona nuclear reactor” warning that it poses a threat to Israel’s existence if hit by Hezbollah’s missiles in any confrontation.“Israel is continuing to launch threats against Lebanon and speak of the third Lebanon war and of what it will do during this third war. This intimidation is not new and it seems that there is a permanent Israeli objective to pressure the resistance community in Lebanon, and after (Donald) Trump was elected U.S. president, this intimidation has returned” said Nasrallah in a televised speech commemorating Hezbollah’s slain leaders. Trump’s election does not scare us, even if claims that he will give (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu the green light to wage a war on Lebanon turn out to be true, seeing as the issue of war on Lebanon is not hinging on the American permission, Hezbollah’s chief noted. Commenting on an Israeli court’s order that an ammonia container in the northern city of Haifa be emptied of its toxic content, Nasrallah also advised Israel to “dismantle the Dimona nuclear reactor” warning that it poses a threat to Israel’s very existence if hit by his group’s missiles. Nasrallah added: “The resistance must remain prepared and ready and the enemy understands this because this is what’s deterring it”.
The Ministry of Electricity is preparing to hold a public rally to announce the details of the establishment of Dabaa nuclear power plant in cooperation with Russia. A source at the Ministry of Electricity said that Minister Mohamed Shaker will review the latest developments in the negotiations with Russia on the Dabaa nuclear power plant, the economic feasibility of the project, and the advantages of establishing a peaceful nuclear power station for energy production. Egypt signed an agreement with Russia to establish a nuclear power plant in Dabaa with a capacity of 4,800 MW at a price of $30bn. Russia will provide a governmental loan to Egypt worth $25bn. The commercial contract between Egypt and Russia to establish, supply, and operate the Dabaa plant includes four agreements: main establishment, fuel supply, technical support during operation, and establishing storage for consumer fuel.