If the rulers decide it's a cold shutdown, it is a cold shutdown. If enough august entities say it enough times, it must be true.
IAEA's Director General is a former Japanese bureaucrat (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) Yukiya Amano, who duly congratulates the Japanese administration for the exemplary job it has done and "significant progress" it has made, as follows:
16 December 2011 | IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano issued the following statement today:
The IAEA welcomes the announcement by the Government of Japan that the reactors at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station have achieved a "cold shutdown condition" and are in a stable state, and that the release of radioactive materials is under control.
Overall TEPCO and the Japanese government have made significant progress and have completed the second step of the TEPCO's roadmap by the end of the year as they had planned.
The IAEA is continuing to monitor the status of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and the radiological situation in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami of March 11. The IAEA receives information updates from a variety of official Japanese sources, through the national competent authorities. The Agency continues to stand ready to provide necessary assistance to Japan as requested.
".. national competent authorities", that's too rich.