US Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham announced at the IAEA Board of Directors' meeting on 30 November 2001 that the US Department of Energy would provide $1.2 million for a new IAEA program to enhance the security of nuclear materials, Nuclear Weapons and Materials Monitor reported. The DOE contribution matches a $1.2 million contribution to the IAEA program that the Nuclear Threat Initiative made in October 2001. The new program will help countries to combat trafficking of fissile materials and to strengthen border controls. According to IAEA General Director Mohammed El Baradei, the IAEA will focus more on non-state actors, such as trafficking and terrorist organizations, than it has traditionally. El Baradei reported that the new program would cost from $30-50 million per year, based on IAEA estimates.
Abstract Number : 20010670
Headline: US DOE Provides $1.2 Million for IAEA to Combat Nuclear Terrorism
Date: 11 December 2001
Bibliography: Nuclear Weapons and Materials Monitor, 11 December 2001