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Research confirms rich rare earths in mud from Pacific seabed

Last Updated: Thursday, March 21, 2013, 14:03

A deep sea survey near a remote Japanese island in the Pacific has confirmed a rich deposit of rare earth minerals in mud taken from the seabed.

No private licence given for monazite production: DAE

Last Updated: Sunday, October 21, 2012, 14:43

Maintaining that only state-run IREL can produce and process monazite, a beach sand mineral containing thorium, the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) has said no given licence to any private entity for this purpose.

N Korea urges foreign help on rare earths: Report

Last Updated: Saturday, July 23, 2011, 19:44

North Korea wants foreign companies to help develop what the impoverished communist state says is its abundance of rare earth metals, a pro-Pyongyang newspaper said.

China announces shakeup of rare earths industry

Last Updated: Thursday, February 17, 2011, 00:05

China plans to tighten control over rare earths producers and restrict output in a five-year development strategy, amid concern abroad about plans to reduce exports of the exotic minerals used in high-tech goods.

EU to press China over rare earths supplies

Last Updated: Thursday, November 18, 2010, 00:37

A European Union envoy said he will press Chinese officials to maintain exports of rare earths needed by high-tech industry.

Vietnam to help Japan on rare earths: Joint statement

Last Updated: Sunday, October 31, 2010, 15:12

Vietnam will help to supply Japan with rare earth minerals used in high-tech products.