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Radiation Sensors Deployed at Kazakh Airport
Kazakhstan and the United States in recent days officially activated radiation sensors at the Astana International Airport that are part of a bilateral effort to guard against the trafficking of nuclear-weapon ingredients, according to a Friday press release from the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration.
The NNSA Second Line of Defense Program has collaborated with the Kazakhstan Customs Control Committee to deploy atomic material sensors at 24 locations in the former Soviet republic, including airports and border checkpoints. Financial donations from third-party countries were essential in enabling the effort, the release says.
"We appreciate Kazakhstan's commitment to advancing our common international security goals," NNSA Deputy Administrator Anne Harrington said in provided comments. "Our collaboration with Kazakhstan is an important example of partnering with other countries in order to reduce the risk of nuclear terrorism."
Harrington thanked New Zealand, Norway and South Korea for helping to fund the latest project.
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