U.S. Inks New Nuclear Security Pact With Europe

The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration and the European Atomic Energy Community yesterday inked a pact to enhance bilateral collaboration on nonproliferation and nuclear security (see GSN, Oct. 18).

European Commission Joint Research Center Director General Roland Schenkel and NNSA Assistant Deputy Administrator Mark Whitney signed the accord at International Atomic Energy Agency headquarters in Vienna, Austria.

Under the pact, the United States and Europe are to deepen collaboration on technical matters in the fields of border surveillance, nuclear safeguards and forensics, export regulations and the physical safeguards for atomic material installations. The agreement also urges enhanced cooperation on the development and creation of nonproliferation and nuclear security systems as well as greater joint efforts on reaching out to additional nations.

"Technical cooperation between the United States and Europe in nuclear security and nonproliferation reflects our shared commitment to preventing the proliferation of nuclear materials and technologies," Whitney said in released comments. "This agreement is an important step in achieving President Obama’s goal of securing vulnerable nuclear material, preventing nuclear smuggling, and strengthening the international nuclear nonproliferation regime."

The two sides have a three-decade track record of collaborating on halting the spread of nuclear materials and ensuring their security. The NNSA Next Generation Safeguards Initiative will oversee implementation of the new agreement for the United States (U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration release, Nov. 2).

November 3, 2010
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The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration and the European Atomic Energy Community yesterday inked a pact to enhance bilateral collaboration on nonproliferation and nuclear security (see GSN, Oct. 18).