IAEA moves to enhance global nuclear security efforts

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Lebanese customs officers practice radiation detection techniques during a training session in 2010. (Photo: Lebanese Customs Administration)

Ways to strengthen nuclear security worldwide is the focus of a 5-day meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna 1-5 July.

The risk that nuclear or other radioactive material could be used in malicious acts is regarded as a serious threat to international peace and security.

The IAEA's Office of Nuclear Security maintains a global authoritative database which records incidents and trafficking involving nuclear and radioactive materials that are outside regulatory control.

The Agency also helps States to protect their nuclear facilities against terrorist attacks or acts of sabotage, to prevent nuclear and other radioactive materials from being stolen and used maliciously, to secure borders against smuggling of radioactive materials, and to prepare for major public events that could be a target for criminal groups.

Khammar Mrabit is the Director of the IAEA's Office of Nuclear Security.

“Well, nuclear security is the prevention and detection of and response to theft sabotage, unauthorized transfer or other malicious acts involving nuclear material and other radioactive material or their associated facilities and activities including transport. But in short nuclear security is the measures taken to prevent nuclear and other radioactive material and associated facilities and activities from falling intro the wrong hands.”

The IAEA has been active in the nuclear security field since the early 1970s.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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