Many people, including those at the IAEA, are increasingly worried about the situation in and around the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in southern Ukraine. The UN nuclear watchdog has already urged the end of all military activity around the site, but to no avail. It is now concerned at continued bombing and the evacuation of civilians, which could mean more intense fighting may follow.
IAEA chief Rafael Grossi has met with Zelenskyy close to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Meanwhile, The Kremlin brushed off Western criticism over a plan to base nuclear weapons in Belarus. DW has the latest.
Rafael Grossi, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), addressed the danger of nuclear weapons in the war in Ukraine in an interview with FRANCE 24 from Vienna. "We expect that no use of a nuclear weapon whatsoever will take place in this or in any other conflict," Grossi said when asked about recent threats by Moscow.
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The UN nuclear watchdog says it believes Iran has further increased its stockpile of highly enriched uranium. Officials from the agency are expected to visit Tehran later in November.
29 Oct 2022
The UN nuclear agency plans to send the experts to Ukraine this week to probe Russia's "dirty bomb" claims. Meanwhile, a Polish general is set to lead the EU training mission for Ukrainian troops. DW has the latest.
30 Aug 2022
IAEA chief Rafael Grossi said a team of experts led by him is "now on its way" to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Meanwhile, Russia is preparing for a large-scale military exercise.
27 Aug 2022
With the war in Ukraine now in its seventh month, the international community remains highly concerned about the situation at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in southern Ukraine. An uptick in fighting in recent weeks near the Russian-occupied facility, Europe's largest, has led to fears of a nuclear accident. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) wants to send a mission to inspect the plant, but has yet to gain access to it. In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Rafael Mariano Grossi, the director general of the IAEA, expressed hope that the visit would take place within "days".
13 Aug 2022
Among the dangers posed by the war in Ukraine is the risk of a nuclear catastrophe at Europe's largest nuclear plant, which is now under Russian control — in a war zone. The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, spoke to DW about his concerns over the situation at the Zaporizhzhia plant.
18 Mar 2022
Grossi said he has had constructive talks with the warring sides, who both agree that “something needs to be done” to safeguard the safety of the plants, but that the IAEA is still working on an agreement to ensure that the risk “of a nuclear accident is completely excluded”.
3 Dec 2021
In an interview with FRANCE 24, Rafael Mariano Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said a preliminary agreement remains "possible" as international negotiations on Iran's nuclear programme have just resumed in Vienna in an attempt to salvage the 2015 agreement. But there is "little time left" according to Grossi, and Tehran must guarantee more transparency to the IAEA, in Iran's own interest.
13 Mar 2021
There have been tentative signs of progress toward salvaging the 2015 nuclear deal, as the UN's atomic energy watchdog reports that Iran has agreed to discuss "outstanding issues."
6 Mar 2020
Our guest is Brian Hook, US Special Representative for Iran and senior advisor to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. He reacts to a new report from the IAEA, which sounds the alarm over Iran's cooperation with the agency. Hook says Tehran "has lied about its past work on a nuclear weapon" and has also "lied about shooting down the Ukrainian jetliner and about coronavirus", concluding that "everybody should be concerned".