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United Arab Emirates Agrees to More Extensive Nuclear Inspections
The United Arab Emirates this week signed the Additional Protocol to its nuclear inspections agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency, Gulf News reported (see GSN, March 4). The strengthened agreement would authorize U.N. inspectors to conduct more intrusive inspections of the Middle Eastern state's planned nuclear power sites.
"This is an important step for the United Arab Emirates, and another demonstration of our nation's commitment to complete operational transparency and the highest standards of nonproliferation," said Hamad al-Kaabi, UAE ambassador to the U.N. nuclear watchdog.
Al-Kaabi and IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei signed the agreement Wednesday in Vienna.
The agency describes nuclear safeguards system as "a confidence-building measure, an early warning mechanism" designed to help prevent countries from illicitly tapping their nuclear capabilities for military use (Gulf News, April 8).
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This article provides an overview of the United Arab Emirates’s historical and current policies relating to nuclear, chemical, biological and missile proliferation.