IAEA chief urges countries to take action to establish effective nuclear systems

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano. [Dean Calma / IAEA]

A warning that "all countries should work to establish effective nuclear security systems".

Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano told an International Conference on Nuclear Security in Vienna Monday that "all countries should strengthen international cooperation, making sure that all internationally agreed instruments are in force and actually used".

“I stress all countries. Even States without nuclear or other radioactive material should not think that this issue does not affect them. Terrorists and criminals will try to exploit any vulnerability in the global security system. Any country, in any part of the world, could find itself used as a transit point. And any country could become the target of an attack. Responsibility for ensuring nuclear security lies with national governments, but international cooperation is vital.”

The IAEA chief noted that "nuclear and other radioactive materials are an essential part of modern life. He said they provide great benefit to human beings in medicine, industry and many other areas, but it is vitally important that these materials are protected from misuse by those who wish to do harm. Mr. Amano stressed that "that requires constant vigilance, as well as collective action".

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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