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Countries should strengthen international cooperation to defend nuclear and other radioactive materials protected from misuse, and make sure that all globally agreed instruments are in force, the head of the United Nations atomic energy today (1 July) said. IAEA

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STORY: VIENNA / AMANO
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SOURCE: IAEA
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 1 JULY 2013, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

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1. Wide shot, meeting
2. Med shot, delegates
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Yukiya Amano, IAEA Director General:
“Nuclear and other radioactive materials are an essential part of modern life. They provide great benefit to human beings in medicine, industry and many other areas. It is vitally important that these materials are protected from misuse by those who wish to do harm. That requires constant vigilance, as well as collective action.”
4. Med shot, delegates
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Yukiya Amano, IAEA Director General:
“Well over a hundred incidents of thefts and other unauthorised activities involving nuclear and radioactive material are reported to the IAEA every year. This means the material is outside regulatory control and potentially available for malicious acts.”
6. Med shot, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Yukiya Amano, IAEA Director General:
“There has not been a terrorist attack involving nuclear or other radioactive material. But this must not lull us into a false sense of security. If a dirty bomb is detonated in a major city, or sabotage occurs at a nuclear facility, the consequences could be devastating. The threat of nuclear terrorism is real, and the global nuclear security system needs to be strengthened in order to counter that threat.”
8. Med Shot, delegates
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Yukiya Amano, IAEA Director General:
“All countries should work to establish effective nuclear security systems. All countries should strengthen international cooperation, making sure that all internationally agreed instruments are in force and actually used.”
10. Close up, lead container used in attempted smuggling of enriched uranium in Moldova
11. Wide shot, audience


STORYLINE:

Countries should strengthen international cooperation to defend nuclear and other radioactive materials protected from misuse, and make sure that all globally agreed instruments are in force, the head of the United Nations atomic energy today (1 July) said.

Speaking at the opening of the International Conference on Nuclear Security: Enhancing Global Efforts in Vienna, Director General of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, said it was “vitally important” that nuclear and other radioactive materials are “protected from misuse by those who wish to do harm.”

Amano noted that “well over a hundred incidents of thefts and other unauthorised activities involving nuclear and radioactive material are reported to the IAEA every year” and said these materials are outside regulatory control and “potentially available for malicious acts.”

The Director General warned that successful past efforts to thwart a terrorist attack involving radioactive material "must not lull us into a false sense of security."

He said that “if a dirty bomb is detonated in a major city, or sabotage occurs at a nuclear facility, the consequences could be devastating.”

Amano told over 1,300 participants, including 34 ministers and other representatives from some 120 countries and 20 international and regional organizations that “the threat of nuclear terrorism is real, and the global nuclear security system needs to be strengthened in order to counter that threat."

The head of the UN atomic energy urged member states to bring into force the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material, agreed to in 2005. The Amendment needs to be ratified by 30 countries to enter into force.

He said “all countries should work to establish effective nuclear security systems” and “should strengthen international cooperation, making sure that all internationally agreed instruments are in force and actually used.”

Highlighting a recent case in the Republic of Moldova, Amano said smugglers' attempt to shield highly enriched uranium from radiation detectors. He showed participants the actual lead container used on this smuggling attempt.

Aimed at senior Government officials, high level participants from UN agencies involved in making policy for and managing nuclear security, and technical and legal experts, the conference is the first held at the ministerial level on the topic of nuclear security.
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