UK joins 130 nations to strengthen nuclear security

The UK has committed to further strengthen global nuclear security with 130 other nations. It has gathered with member states of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at the International […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The UK has committed to further strengthen global nuclear security with 130 other nations.

It has gathered with member states of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at the International Conference on Nuclear Security in Vienna, where they have pledged to combat illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive material.

In a Ministerial Declaration, the countries have committed to review the status of international nuclear security and exchange views on strategies and priorities for improving it.

Ministers have also expressed support for the IAEA’s core nuclear security activities that assist states upon request, including in establishing national nuclear security regimes, developing guidance, capacity building and advisory services.

UK Energy Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe said at the event: “The responsibility for securing nuclear and radiological material rests with us as states and we need to ensure that the current nuclear security architecture is properly implemented within our home countries.

“Nuclear security cannot be achieved unilaterally. At the international level, we should all work together to build on recent successes including the successful entry-into-force of the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material. We are committed to promoting the full implementation and universal take up of this and other legal instruments that strengthen global nuclear security.”